Billy Jack

Showtimes
SUNDAY, MAY 26 RECEPTION AT 1:00PM AND FILM AT 2:00PM | GENERAL ADMISSION: $10
PLEASE NOTE: WE CANNOT ACCEPT PASSES FOR THIS SCREENING

Presented by The Prime Leaf. A benefit for In the Arms of Angels Rescue!

Reception before the film, with mystery musical guest!

When the counterculture students from an idyllic Freedom School (inspired by Prescott College) begin having unpleasant run-ins with conservative residents of the local town, Billy Jack (Tom Laughlin), a half-American Navajo former Green Beret hapkido master, is ready to kick some butt in the name of peace! Filmed partially in Prescott, Arizona, this landmark of independent filmmaking catches a unique moment in the end days of hippiedom in the Southwest.

“Searing tension … sustains it … to a smash finish. Crude and sensational yet urgent and pertinent, this provocative Warners release is in its unique, awkward way one of the year’s important pictures.” – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

Maverick independent filmmaker Tom Laughlin (directing here under the pseudonym T.C. Frank) would go on to change how movies were released with the follow-up, The Trial of Billy Jack. Movies had traditionally been released in a “platform” style, meaning they would roll out slowly, from city to city. The Trial of Billy Jack was the first true “wide release,” meaning it was released nation-wide on the same date. The model was so successful that Universal copied it for Jaws, and the rest is history. But Laughlin changed the game and first found a mass audience with the smash hit Billy Jack, which espouses a gonzo blend of hippie and martial arts values. (Dir. by Tom Laughlin (as T.C. Frank), 1971, USA, 114 mins., PG)

This is a rental of The Loft Cinema, sponsored by Ted Abrams and The Prime Leaf.