Tag Archive: indie

Helicopters For Free


A common thread throughout these post has been how low-budget ‘Billy Jack’ was. Here’s more: when the film was shut down in the Fall of 1969 (almost sounds like it should be a song by Bryan Adams), Tom and Delores scrambled to find a way to a) replace the money they’d lost, and b) get the production back on track. While they were taking meetings back in Los Angeles, showing parts of their completed film, the film commission…

Massive Equipment Fleet of ‘Billy Jack’


If you live where they shoot a lot of movies, you’ve seen the invasion of vehicles that swarm in support. Endless tractor trailers, honeywagons (mobile dressing rooms), catering trucks, equipment fleet, cast and crew transport cars and buses, even mobile editorial suites. They pretty much block out the sun (or the entire street). But not when you’re…

How We Came to Own ‘Billy Jack’


Hi. I’m Frank Laughlin.

My sisters, Chris and Teresa, and I own and operate BillyJackRights, LLC, the company that owns this website and all worldwide rights in the films it promotes. How and why we got here is a long and winding story, so rather than a tedious monologue, let me keep this short by …

The Empire is (Kind of) Unfurnished

Office

Tweet After the second success of ‘Billy Jack’ (the re-release in 1973 that went ballistic) Tom and Delores took  offices in LA’s very prestigious Century City, on Avenue of the Stars, no less. The offices were big – almost a third or half a floor, if I recall correctly – with incredible views and many…