The Trial of Billy Jack

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The Trial of Billy Jack (1974, USA) is a cult film directed by Tom Laughlin

The Trial of Billy Jack

Main Details

  • Released in 1974
  • Color
  • Running Time: 170 Min.
  • Production Co: Taylor-Laughlin Productions
  • Distribution Co: Taylor-Laughlin (1974) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Tom Laughlin (credited as Frank Laughlin)
  • Written by Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor
  • Starring Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Victor Izay, Teresa Kelly, Russell Lane, Geo Anne Sosa, Lynn Baker
  • Produced by Joe Cramer, Robert E. Schultz, Beverly Walker
  • Original Music by Elmer Bernstein
  • Cinematography by Jack A. Marta
  • Film Editing by Michael Economou, George Grenville, Michael Kahn, Michael Karr, Jules Nayfack, Tom Rolf, Toni Rolf

Plot Summary

  • After Billy Jack in sentenced to four years in prison for the "involuntary manslaughter" of the first film, the Freedom School expands and flourishes under the guidance of Jean Roberts. The utopian existence of the school is characterized by everything ranging from "yoga sports" to muckracking journalism. The diverse student population airs scathing political exposes on their privately owned television station. The narrow-minded townspeople have different ideas about their brand of liberalism. Billy Jack is released and things heat up for the school. Students are threatened and abused and the Native Americans in the neighboring village are taunted and mistreated. After Billy Jack undergoes a vision quest, the governor and the police plot to permanently put an end to their liberal shenanigans, leaving it up to Billy Jack to save the day.


  • It takes up where Billy Jack left off
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