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Movie Night with Nick Offerman: BILLY JACK

Tuesday, October 7

Post-film discussion and book signing with BILLY JACK superfan Nick Offerman! After the screening, Offerman will sign copies of his hilarious memoir-cum-lifestyle manifesto Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living

High-definition digital projection “Tom Laughlin’s unique 1971 philosophical action film Billy Jack—in which the titular part-American Indian, Vietnam Vet loner wanders America’s back roads and literally strikes out against injustice—no doubt put the ‘fist’ in ‘pacifist.’ It may also be the first case in history in which a sequel to a B-picture (1967’s The Born Losers, which was initially sold like an exploitation biker film) became an even bigger sensation. Moreover, Billy Jack became a success after the movie failed in a theatrical release. The release was taken over by Laughlin, who served not only as star but also, under pseudonyms, as director, producer and co-writer. He pitched the film directly to a disenfranchised young audience whose appetite for movies featuring lengthy conversations about making the world a better place sandwiched between bouts of high-kicking action had gone unsatisfied. And his instincts were right; that crowd made it a smash. Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation will be in attendance to discuss his appreciation for the film in a Q&A after the screening.” – LACMA

Part of New York Super Week

  • Country USA
  • Year 1971
  • Running Time 114 minutes
  • Director Tom Laughlin