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Billy Jack is Coming Back!

Tweet To TV that is… Showtime in the U.S. (and Astral in Canada) are about to begin the first airings of the Billy Jack movies in almost a decade. We’re very excited to have the films back in ‘circulation’. In addition, it’s the first time any of the films other than ‘Billy Jack’ will be…

Sam Wanamaker, E.G. Marshall in Billy Jack Goes to Washington


Billy Jack Goes to Washington had an endless list of great performances, from Lucy Arnaz in her first starring role in a movie, to veterans like Peter Donat and Pat O’Brien, to the two masters pictured below, Sam Wanamaker and E.G. Marshall. The pair starred as …

Pat O’Brien in Billy Jack Goes to Washington


One of Tom’s heroes growing up was Knute Rockne as portrayed on screen by Pat O’Brien, so Pat became a double hero. In 1971 Tom and Delores bought a house in Brentwood, CA, that had been…

Billy Jack Goes to Washington: Grand Canyon Shoot


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…

Vegas, Baby!!


Tom Laughlin and Delores Taylor, with daughter Christina, at the Roy Clark and Minnie Pearl performance in the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. They are joined by…

Billy Jack Goes to Washington Snapshots – Part 3


A few snaps of Tom directing. The first (immediately below) is on the set built on the stage of CBS Studio Center in Studio City, California (the same lot where Seinfeld and …

Billy Jack Goes to Washington Snapshots – Part 2


Tom shot with multiple cameras (at least two) at virtually all times. It doubled the amount of exposed film, but it gave him and his editors lots of coverage for every scene. One of Tom’s favorite camera positions was on…

Billy Jack Goes to Washington Snapshots – Part 1


One newcomer was Lucy Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Although Lucy had grown up on TV and had probably been in front of a camera more than any person on the film, she’d never made a movie before. BJGW was her…

Snake-clad Bellydancer from BJGW


The first cut of Billy Jack Goes to Washington was well over 3 hours long. Well over. There were tons and tons of scenes that didn’t make the final cut. Included among them was a snake-wearing bellydancer dancing outdoors, in front of what looks like…

Tom Directing BJGW

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Tweet Tom Laughlin directing ‘Billy Jack Goes to Washington’ on location at the Howard Lloyd estate in Beverly Hills, CA. Actor Richard Gautier, who played Gov. Hubert Hopper (yes, Hubert Hopper), and Sarah Purcell, who plays Mrs. Hopper, looks on. Tom has ever-present Diet Dr. Pepper in tow (Tom LOVED Diet Dr. Pepper).