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2013-12-16 12:56:27 AM  
If you haven't seen these movies, you need to see these movies
 
2013-12-16 01:25:39 AM  
NOOOOOO!

Billy Jack and The Trial of Billy Jack are some of my favorite movies. Yes, they're terribly dated and a bit hokey at times, but I still like seeing the bad guys get their comeuppance.

/sad
 
2013-12-16 02:55:03 AM  
I'd read about this before. One's exact submission headline being greenlit a short while after one's own submission was rejected. Fascinating.
 
2013-12-16 02:58:28 AM  
That was a quick death trifecta.
 
2013-12-16 03:01:30 AM  

BafflerMeal: I'd read about this before. One's exact submission headline being greenlit a short while after one's own submission was rejected. Fascinating.


So, a man passes away, and it is all about you? :-(

Take a lesson from Billy Jack, and remember it is better to take the high road.
 
2013-12-16 03:05:05 AM  
This should be Main Page at prime time.

cretinbob: If you haven't seen these movies, you need to see these movies


what he said...
 
2013-12-16 03:05:32 AM  
I going to take my right foot and wop you on that side of your face....and there's not a damn thing you are going to do about it.

The grim reaper ducked
 
2013-12-16 03:07:42 AM  

Bslim: That was a quick death trifecta.


Meh, more like 2.5
 
2013-12-16 03:16:50 AM  
hollywoodhatesme.files.wordpress.com
RIP Billy Idol
 
2013-12-16 03:17:09 AM  
If Billy Jack was filmed today, the Native American tribe would have a lucrative casino, and the racist town folk would be working in service jobs at the casino. Billy Jack would be a celebrity greeter.
 
2013-12-16 03:24:34 AM  
Meanwhile, Jinx Dawson still looks exactly the same as she did in 1968.
 
2013-12-16 03:55:57 AM  
Born Losers, Billy Jack, and to a lesser extent Trial of Billy Jack were freaking classics.
 
2013-12-16 04:58:46 AM  
imho, Born Losers is the one worth watching.
 
2013-12-16 05:52:24 AM  
The memorial service will be broadcast Friday night at 1:00 A.M. or whenever a baseball game gets rained out.
 
2013-12-16 05:53:30 AM  

cretinbob: If you haven't seen these movies, you need to see these movies


Was able to sit through enough of one of them to know what they are. Couldn't watch the whole thing, it was just too wretched.
 
2013-12-16 07:53:27 AM  
Gonna be a sad day on Epix Drive-In...
 
2013-12-16 07:57:46 AM  
Billy Jack goes to Washington was never released in theaters. IMO, anyone who goes to Washington should never be released.

Amirite?
 
2013-12-16 08:06:21 AM  
I liked Howard Hesseman in Billy Jack. I always figured Dr Johnny Fever was the next interation of that character

Come out here a dynamo of robber
 
2013-12-16 08:07:55 AM  
Barard weighed in this yet? He still has to be pissd about his vette
 
2013-12-16 08:13:19 AM  

IamTomJoad: I going to take my right foot and wop you on that side of your face....and there's not a damn thing you are going to do about it.


I've always wanted to see someone even quicker tie Billy Jack's shoelaces together just before "three" and see him yanked down to the ground, just for the lulz.

/paging the Waco Kid....
 
2013-12-16 09:11:51 AM  

cretinbob: If you haven't seen these movies, you need to see these movies


Heavy-handed, preachy, liberal-fascist crap.

Gonna go dig out my boxed-set and watch them again right now. . . .
 
2013-12-16 09:16:50 AM  
This exact headline was submitted at least 4 times yesterday. Who's the lucky subby? Or is credit split 4 ways?
 
2013-12-16 09:24:34 AM  
As kids, we used to watch his movies on a loop on HBO back in the day.  Free (for us) after-school bewbs!!!!
 
2013-12-16 09:31:31 AM  
Has a sad.

When I was a kid, I must have watched The Born Losers & Billy Jack, like a hundred times on UHF.

RIP Movie Maverick

Laughlin frequently struggled in Hollywood, battling with executives. His personality could be summed up by his drive to get the first Billy Jack film finally released by Warner Bros. in 1971. He actually rented 1,200 theaters himself to screen the film and devised a marketing campaign that would better fit a concert than a movie. But it worked and after making $6 million at first, it went on to make $100 million and changed the way movies were marketed.
 
2013-12-16 10:22:10 AM  

markfara: cretinbob: If you haven't seen these movies, you need to see these movies

Heavy-handed, preachy, liberal-fascist crap.

Gonna go dig out my boxed-set and watch them again right now. . . .


"PLEASE! We just want some ICE CREAM!"

Laughlin frequently struggled in Hollywood, battling with executives. His personality could be summed up by his drive to get the first Billy Jack film finally released by Warner Bros. in 1971. He actually rented 1,200 theaters himself to screen the film and devised a marketing campaign that would better fit a concert than a movie. But it worked and after making $6 million at first, it went on to make $100 million and changed the way movies were marketed.

And that was before Kickstarter.
 
2013-12-16 10:32:36 AM  
The Billy Jack movies were the archetype of the preach-pacifism-but-then-kick-the-crap-out-of-your-enemies style action hero.  Steven Segal owes his whole career to those movies (but we shouldn't hold that against Laughlin).
 
2013-12-16 10:57:54 AM  
TRIFECTA COMPLETE
 
2013-12-16 10:58:57 AM  
I was surprised that he was older than Peter O'Toole.
 
2013-12-16 11:13:07 AM  
Hippie action movie seems like an oxymoron but somehow, Billy Jack pulled it off.
 
2013-12-16 11:46:49 AM  
1. Bikers named Crabs and Gangrene.
2. Big closeted gay biker randomly throughout the movie shouting "does anybody want to take a shower?"
 
2013-12-16 12:12:34 PM  
Wasn't it a Billy Jack movie where the bikers rape some virginal teen girl, who then won't testify against the scummy bikers because she enjoyed getting violated?

Or did I dream that?
 
2013-12-16 12:16:59 PM  
static.sportskeeda.com
 
2013-12-16 12:17:27 PM  

Marquis de Sod: Wasn't it a Billy Jack movie where the bikers rape some virginal teen girl, who then won't testify against the scummy bikers because she enjoyed getting violated?

Or did I dream that?


Early diagnosis of affluenza by Bernard.

Treated with a thorough asskicking and a drive in the lake.

/and yes, Cisse, we all looked
 
2013-12-16 12:28:57 PM  

Lorelle: NOOOOOO!

Billy Jack and The Trial of Billy Jack are some of my favorite movies. Yes, they're terribly dated and a bit hokey at times, but I still like seeing the bad guys get their comeuppance.

/sad


See the first one. The Born Losers. Grindhouse at it's finest.
 
2013-12-16 12:36:14 PM  

Onkel Buck: I liked Howard Hesseman in Billy Jack. I always figured Dr Johnny Fever was the next interation of that character

Come out here a dynamo of robber


Character actor and method actor
 
2013-12-16 12:39:19 PM  

BafflerMeal: I'd read about this before. One's exact submission headline being greenlit a short while after one's own submission was rejected. Fascinating.


I submitted that, didn't get it.
 
2013-12-16 01:42:53 PM  
Billy Jack came out when I was a very small child, but I remember hearing about it so when it was on late night TV a couple of years ago, I watched it.  A bit of a crapfest but still intriguing enough for me to look up his website.  It was so bizarre that I actually submitted it as a fark link (that got the redlight).  Horrific graphics, several very odd, rambling, paranoid videos by the man himself, and a lot of very overpriced memorabilia.  I just checked the site again, and it appears to have been scrubbed of that stuff.  Given that it has a link to the Alzheimer's Foundation, the rambling videos make a bit more sense now.
 
2013-12-16 02:00:01 PM  

freetomato: Billy Jack came out when I was a very small child, but I remember hearing about it so when it was on late night TV a couple of years ago, I watched it.  A bit of a crapfest but still intriguing enough for me to look up his website.  It was so bizarre that I actually submitted it as a fark link (that got the redlight).  Horrific graphics, several very odd, rambling, paranoid videos by the man himself, and a lot of very overpriced memorabilia.  I just checked the site again, and it appears to have been scrubbed of that stuff.  Given that it has a link to the Alzheimer's Foundation, the rambling videos make a bit more sense now.


I was ten in 1971. Every kid I knew wanted to be Billy Jack.
 
2013-12-16 02:42:12 PM  

vudukungfu: Onkel Buck: I liked Howard Hesseman in Billy Jack. I always figured Dr Johnny Fever was the next interation of that character

Come out here a dynamo of robber

Character actor and method actor


Great scene. Thought about posting that one, but the robbery scene always sticks out in my mind.
 
2013-12-16 02:43:56 PM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: freetomato: Billy Jack came out when I was a very small child, but I remember hearing about it so when it was on late night TV a couple of years ago, I watched it.  A bit of a crapfest but still intriguing enough for me to look up his website.  It was so bizarre that I actually submitted it as a fark link (that got the redlight).  Horrific graphics, several very odd, rambling, paranoid videos by the man himself, and a lot of very overpriced memorabilia.  I just checked the site again, and it appears to have been scrubbed of that stuff.  Given that it has a link to the Alzheimer's Foundation, the rambling videos make a bit more sense now.

I was ten in 1971. Every kid I knew wanted to be Billy Jack.


I was the same age in '71.  Every kid that I knew wanted to be Bruce Lee.

/Went to the movies to see "Billy Jack" and like the movie very much.
 
2013-12-16 02:57:23 PM  
Rann Xerox:
UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: 
I was ten in 1971. Every kid I knew wanted to be Billy Jack.

I was the same age in '71.  Every kid that I knew wanted to be Bruce Lee.

/Went to the movies to see "Billy Jack" and like the movie very much.


And the 'fights' we had as kids where one kid was Bruce Lee and the other was Billy Jack were epic. But then the Green Gargantua would arrive and ruin everything.
 
2013-12-16 03:02:13 PM  
Tin Soldier needs oil can.
 
2013-12-16 06:05:56 PM  
Shed a tear, Running Deer.
 
2013-12-16 09:46:20 PM  
Truly a movie maverick, who later, became quite the political activist. Actually ran for president in 1992, 2004, and 2008. Married to his wife (Delores Taylor, who starred in the Billy Jack films with him) for 60 years.

Rest in peace, Tom Laughlin.
Rest in peace, Billy Jack.
 
2013-12-17 06:52:30 AM  
The Billie Jack movies were among the worst movies ever made.
 
2013-12-17 12:53:57 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: I've always wanted to see someone even quicker tie Billy Jack's shoelaces together just before "three" and see him yanked down to the ground, just for the lulz.


Dude...wrong on both accounts.

1)  Billy Jack wore BOOTS (no shoelaces)
2)  Billy Jack always took off his boots before whuppin' ass

/loved Paul Simon on SNL doin' Billy Paul
 
2013-12-17 01:01:50 PM  

DrPainMD: The Billie Jack movies were among the worst movies ever made.


I can't really argue with you...especially his wife, who was quite frankly one of the worst actresses ever.

But the film Billy Jack spoke to a whole generation, and it was *insanely* popular.  Plus, it was the first mainstream film that prominently displayed martial arts (according to a documentary I saw on it), and the audience devoured it with gusto.
 
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