October 21, 2006

Billy Jack revisited

One Tin Indian… “Billy Jack”—The Legend; the Wannabe. He’s BackThirty-five years ago actor Tom Laughlin and his unadorned wife Delores became minor phenoms when their low-budget, cliché clogged, stereotype teeming, screamingly poor acted, hideously written piece a crap of a movie made loads of money and too much press by being identified as a metaphor for the little guy standing tall against the establishment.

The name of the movie was The Legend of Billy Jack. Except one thing. Billy Jack aka Tom Laughlin who’s a white guy playing a "half-breed" Indian, ain’t no legend. Beyond his and his unadorned wife’s dreams, that is.

2 comments:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
The actual beginning of the 'Billy Jack' mythos was in the low-budget motorcycle film, BORN LOSERS, and thus Tom Laughlin adopted the character for himself. None of the 'Billy Jack' films ever had even close to an adequate budget but the films still were made and none were box-office failures. If Sylvester Stallone is reviving both Rocky Balboa and John Rambo, how long was it going to be before Tom Laughlin revived 'Billy Jack'? It is writerfella's belief that Natives found a brief champion in the original 'Billy Jack' films, and there is every chance it will happen again in the 21st Century.
The attention spans of modern audiences may have been shortened by George Lucas, but that does not mean they have forgotten what they liked at one time.
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
My resources tell me that the mythos goes like this:
BORN LOSERS
BILLY JACK (aka THE LEGEND OF...)
BILLY KACK GOES TO WASHINGTON
THE TRIAL OF BILLY JACK
And now Tom Laughlin plans to release
BILLY JACK'S MORAL REVOLUTION
in two parts, one for Memorial Day 2007 and the second for Xmas 2007. There were no plot details other than the films take on Bush and Cheney and the 'War On Terrorism' in Iraq. Looks like there will be minimal Native story to these. We shall see...
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'