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´Billy Jack´ actor-writer
Tom Laughlin dies at 82

CNN, by Alan Duke

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Posted By:Hazymac, 12/15/2013 10:26:40 PM

Los Angeles -- Tom Laughlin, the actor who wrote and starred in the "Billy Jack" films of the 1970s, died Thursday, his family confirmed Sunday. He was 82. Laughlin´s Billy Jack character was a heroic Native American ex-Army Green Beret who used his karate skills to fight racism and oppression. The second of the series -- titled "Billy Jack" -- was a low-budget independent film that became a box-office blockbuster in 1971. Laughlin´s vigilante character defends a counterculture "Freedom School" from townspeople who harass and discriminate against the Native American students. The film was criticized by those who saw its central

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Born Losers (1967) was Laughlin´s best film. Billy Jack (1971) flirted with self-parody as Laughlin, Mr. Peace Through Violence with a hapkido black belt, played the noble savage, risking a double hernia with each line of dialogue, even better than Elizabeth Warren would decades later. The Trial of Billy Jack was the most ridiculous movie I will ever see. It has to be seen to be believed with its Kent State style massacre by redneck cops at Freedom School.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hazymac, 12/15/2013 10:35:43 PM     (No. 9655465)

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...hang out.

Laughlin also ran for President of the United States a couple of decades back. As a candidate he was sort like a Kucinich who could also break your neck like a balsawood model airplane. He really meant well.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 12/15/2013 11:00:59 PM     (No. 9655475)

My dad took me to see the Billy Jack movie when it came out. I remember you could tell he was about to beat the hell out of someone when he removed his boots. I don´t remember it being cheesy or political, but I was only about 11 yrs. old at the time and knew Billy was the good guy in the black hat.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kiwinews, 12/15/2013 11:07:01 PM     (No. 9655481)

One Golden Turkey rides aw-a-a-a-ay.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: snakeoil, 12/15/2013 11:12:15 PM     (No. 9655484)

The second worst movie ever made was "The Trial of Billy Jack." The worst ever made was "Billy Jack." Nothing but left wing clichés. He made Oliver Stone look classy.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 12/15/2013 11:16:45 PM     (No. 9655487)

The guy was probably responsible for more real Green Berets getting the crap beat out of them in bars across the country than any living human. Tom Laughlin finished off what the North Vietnamese couldn´t.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Newtsche, 12/16/2013 12:21:28 AM     (No. 9655522)

"I don´t remember it being cheesy or political, but I was only about 11 yrs. old at the time..."

Bread and butter for agitprop progs for so many generations now. Go ahead and hate your neighbor, indeed. I´ve lived around a lot of people over many years and sadly, yes, some of them sucked.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 12/16/2013 12:32:41 AM     (No. 9655527)

I know, and everyone´s right about the hippie-dippee theme of Billy Jack. But as an 11-12 year old, it was sweet watching someone deliver a well-deserved serving of kick-ass to punks who deserved it.
"Bernard....I just go BERSERK!"

Little did I know...Bruce Lee was right around the corner.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/16/2013 2:00:20 AM     (No. 9655553)

It´s been so long since I saw these movies I can´t remember any details.I probably liked it because I love vigilante movies in general. Bronson was a terrible actor but he was just right for his vigilante movies.Walking Tall was another good one.

I can´t even begin to remember all the movies where cops went outside the boundaries,got thrown off the force but worked on the case anyway.

You can´t make a good movie today because there´s too many groups waiting to be offended.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: alpha91c, 12/16/2013 2:30:13 AM     (No. 9655558)

I saw both the Billy Jack movies when they first came out, and liked them. What can I say, it was the 70s. I have seen them both a couple times decades later and find them quaint from a totally different era, sort of like watching an early 1940s movie but different.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: deaddog, 12/16/2013 2:33:41 AM     (No. 9655561)

I agree, Mike PHX. To see it as a boy of twelve, at the Saturday picture show in a little country town was awesome!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: dirtyjersey, 12/16/2013 2:36:24 AM     (No. 9655562)

This movie should be required viewing for all millenials...kids, this is who runs the government now...

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Reply 12 - Posted by: chumley, 12/16/2013 4:32:48 AM     (No. 9655583)

I too was a teen when those movies came out. They were very simplistic and the dialogue pretty corny, but I loved them. The good guys and bad guys were easily defined. The good guys were harmless and antagonistic only by their presence. The bad guys were pure evil, who targeted the good guys with relentless brutality. Then there is the hero, Billy. A tortured soul who brings the bad guys violence back to them.
My only complaint at the time was that the bad guys didnt get enough violence. A few kicks to the head is not painful enough or permanent enough. By the 80´s, other movie heroes fixed that problem.

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