It may seem hard to believe today, but the Nixon quote contained in this clip sparked a to-the-death war with 20th Century Fox, the studio that was going to release Billy Jack at that time.
It’s rather innocuous today, but in 1971 it was rather outrageous (for corporations) to be involved with any kind of slam against a sitting administration. But this clip doesn’t even do that. TC Laughlin (Carol) reads a quote about the need for law and order and asks who the town council thinks spoke it. The quote sounded like very standard law-and-order stuff of the day. Debbie Schock (Kit) chimes in that it was spoken by Hitler during his rise to power, and she goes on to compare it to the same kind of lock-down the Nixon administration is doing at that time.
Fox insisted the line be cut. Tom and Delores refused. The dispute left them both unwilling to budge. Fox controlled the negative (which they were ready to cut), and our folks controlled the soundtrack (which they were ready to erase). It was a true mexican standoff.
We’ll have complete details of this in the documentary.