Billy Jack Goes to Washington is an updated remake of the Frank Capra classic Mr Smith Goes to Washington, with James Stewart. Most of the film takes place in Washinton, D.C., but there are early scenes in the film that are set in the typical Billy Jack setting of the Southwest. In this scene Billy Jack discusses with Grandfather whether he should accept the appointment to the U.S. Senate.
These scenes were shot with a skeleton crew. Tom flew out a skeleton crew of about six to eight people and filmed spectacular Grand Canyon footage in a quick day.