Monday, December 16, 2013

Billy Jack is dead

Aw, man...

'Billy Jack' creator, actor-writer-director Tom Laughlin dead at age 82

Billy Jack was a great movie, even though the "heroes" were hippie types and the "bad guys" were American cowboy conservative types. The message came out ok though without being preachy, but Laughlin made that movie.

You have the beginning scene were the bad rich guy and his posse trap a herd of wild horses on Indian land, and Billy Jack shows up, radiating cool.

Then there's the ice cream parlor scene where he shows up as Bernard, the bad rich guy's son, is bullying the kids that he watches over.

And of course there's the epic town fight.

The part where he makes cowardly Bernard drive a new Corvette into the lake is pretty good.

And then we have the scene where he confronts the crooked deputy, Mike.

He shoots Mike in the head later, after he kills Bernard. But they both had it coming, so it's all good.

I really shouldn't like the movie, because it is all peacenickity-hippiefied, but I can't help it. Tom Laughlin and Delores Taylor were nutty as squirrel crap politically but Billy Jack was cool, man. (At least in this movie. His other three were preachy and boring. But this one...Classic.) RIP.


  1. That’s a shame. It wouldn’t have been the 70s without Billy Jack.

  2. Damn, soon they'll all be gone. I agree with you about the politics , but Billy Jack didn't take shit from nobody. That I like.

  3. Anonymous10:52 AM

    The start of the park fight was EPIC (putting his foot upside the other guys head!)
    It was filmed in the Prescott, AZ town square. Been there many times.
    I also always remember the testimony of O.K. Corrallis ("Okay O.K.,Okay!)

    Thanks for the memories. RIP Tom.


  4. Anonymous5:17 PM

    RIP Tom

  5. Yep, a cult classic...