Ace Atkins

New York Times Best Selling Author

The Return of Billy Jack?

For regular readers of this blog, they’ll know I’m a huge fan of the classic action film, Billy Jack. A lot of the DNA that makes up the Quinn Colson saga comes from 1970s action flicks and Billy Jack more than most. The set up is pretty simple: Ex Green Beret and Hapkido master Billy Jack defends a Native American school from a ruthless group of small town folk who see the counterculture movement as a threat. In Billy Jack‘s key scene — where a group of students are humiliated at an ice cream parlor (trust me, it’s cool) — we hear that iconic line: “Sometimes I just go berserk!” I spent the morning checking out what star Tom Laughlin has been up to these days at the Billy Jack site. It seems Tom Laughlin — who is now 81 — thinks a new Billy Jack film could happen soon. I’d definitely be in line. But until then, we still have the classic. Long Live Billy Jack!

Billy Jack:
You wanna know what I think I’m gonna do then, just for the hell of it?
Tell me.
Billy Jack:
I’m gonna take this right foot, and I’m gonna whop you on that side of your face. And you wanna know something? There’s not a damn thing you’re gonna be able to do about it.
Billy Jack:
I love this stuff —

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