Billy Jack Goes to Washington

1977

Drama  Thriller  

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Suzanne Somers as n Party Girlnn
Richard Sanders as n Jerry, Dan's Friendnn
E.G. Marshall as n Sen. Joseph Painenn
Sam Wanamaker as n Baileynn
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n English n
n NR n
n 23.976 fps n
n 2hr 35 min n
P/S 23 / 54
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n 2hr 35 min n
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Reviewed by n/a 9 / 10

AMAZING PREDICTION OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON

Tom Laughlin has an uncanny ability to predict future events. His movie BILLY JACK foretold the way action movies would go (ie. RAMBO, STEVEN SEIGAL, CHUCK NORRIS, etc.) In this particular installment of the Billy Jack Saga,the emphasis is on Washington and the way the special interest groups and power brokers have corrupted our government. It's really a prophetic film, in light of the present day situation on Capitol Hill. There is an eerie fortelling of the Vince Foster espisode.BILLY JACK GOES TO WASHINGTON is a re-make of the Jimmy Stewart classic MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, except using nuclear reactors as the hub of the plot. Tom Laughlin, as the character Billy Jack, really has a chance to prove his acting skills in this one; there is more depth of character in his performance of the lead role. The sets were very intricate and the production values a lot higher than the previous espisodes. Plus, there is an excellent supporting cast: Delores Taylor (Laughlin's real life wife), E G Marsall, Sam Wanamaker, Luci Arnez, and Peter Donat. This is a definat must see!

Reviewed by n/a 9 / 10

Interesting turn of events

I saw this film in the late '70s at a preview in Oak Brook, Illinois. The movie was pretty well-received and even I was surprised that Billy Jack was a better fit in the old Jimmy Stewart role than I had expected. It wasn't great, but serviceable, and certainly better than THE TRIAL OF BILLY JACK. The film, as mentioned here, was never released, but has come out on DVD. Interested in seeing it again after all these years, I picked it up and was shocked. Normally DVDs have Director's Cut-type things -- more footage, deleted scenes, etc.. In this case Laughlin had cut the crap out of the film. Long scenes that helped the flow of the film and made it less --well, "Billy Jack-ish" had been cut. If Laughlin had used the cut I saw nearly thirty years ago, the film would still have worked. Instead it has become a mess. Come on, Tom, give us the original print.

Reviewed by n/a 9 / 10

Horrible Remake of A Classic

First, let me say I have always been a Billy Jack fan. I had seen the other movies several times, but never this one until now. The story followed Mr. Smith so closely that you can't help but make comparisons throughout. Tom Laughlin was an adequate actor, he and his wife were always the best actors in any of the other movies. But he is no Jimmy Stewart. And even the addition of other skilled actors (Pat O'Brien and E.G. Marshall most notably) could not save this movie. Add some sloppy editing and this movie was at times painful to watch. If you want to enjoy this story line, get Mr Smith goes to Washington. If you want to see a good Billy Jack movie get, The Trial of Billy Jack. But stay away from this trash.

Reviewed by n/a 9 / 10

You Can't Keep A Good Story Down

I rented this thinking it was going to be another fun Billy Jack movie (i.e. strong on social message but inarticulate enough and just enough over the top to be a good camp experience). Shortly into watching this I realized I was watching a remake of Mr. Smith Goes To Washington and I immediately fell in line with the story's passion. Thankfully, this film knows where its passion lies, because it stayed clear of the romantic angle between Mr. Smith and his aide. It does throw in a scene for those who want to see BJ literally kick ass but that could have and should have been left on the cutting room floor. Obviously fans of kick ass movies are going to feel cheated that they rented a talky, socially conscious movie with only one fight scene. And fans of movies with a social conscience are going to cringe at a scene that looks like it was lifted from Mannix (BJ looks cool doing his fight stuff on the reservation, but against big city thugs? Uh?). The film does still work as camp for all of its 70s appeal. But it has another appeal that is sadly still relevant today. The media IS almost entirely owned by conglomerates, campaigns cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and there is now a brand of corruption that even BJ could never have foreseen: voting machines with no record of accountability. Democracy is definitely in its last vestiges. We do have CSPAN to record filibusters today, but we have no Mr. Smiths or Mr. Jacks with the ability to make it to the senate in the first place. One can however feel rejuvenated by the "We The People" message the film conveys and be glad that there are films like this and 'Mr. Smith' that have recorded these sentiments for posterity. The film is pretty hokey in its genre modus operandi, but its values make it an American classic.

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