"I just go BERSERK!"
Description: Tom Laughlin as Billy Jack explains what makes him mad in the motion picture Billy Jack (1971)
Billy Jack is a half breed Cherokee Indian, ex-Green Beret who lives in the Southwest. He spends his time saving wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and acts as the protector for the children of a local desert school for runaways.
One day, Billy Jack enters a store and finds alleged upright citizens pouring flour over the heads of some children from the nearby reservation who wanted to buy ice cream. Angered at their humiliation, Billy Jack says,
“Bernard, I want you to know... that I try. When Jean and the kids at the school tell me that I'm supposed to control my violent temper, and be passive and nonviolent like they are, I try. I really try. Though when I see this girl... of such a beautiful spirit... so degraded... and this boy... that I love... sprawled out by this big ape here... and this little girl, who is so special to us we call her "God's little gift of sunshine"... and I think of the number of years that she's going to have to carry in her memory... the savagery of this idiotic moment of yours... I just go BERSERK!"
Billy proceeds to beat the hell of the uncaring roughnecks.
|Billy Jack:||You're illegally on Indian land.|
|Mr. Posner:||I'm sorry about that. I guess we just got caught up in the chase and crossed over without knowing it.|
|Billy Jack:||You're a liar.|
|Mr. Posner:||We got the law here, Billy Jack.|
|Billy Jack:||When policemen break the law, then there isn't any law - just a fight for survival.|
Later, Bernard Posner (David Roya) and a group of locals thugs surround Billy Jack. Looking for a showdown, Posner tells Billy Jack, "You really think those Green Beret karate tricks gonna help you against all these boys?” Billy concedes, “Well it doesn’t look to me like I really have any choice, now does it.”
Offering up his own plan, Bill says, “You know what I think I’m gonna do then? Just for the hell of it? I’m gonna take this right foot, and I’m gonna whop you on that side of your face [pointing to Posner’s left cheek], and you wanna know something? There’s not a damn thing you’re gonna be able to do about it.” And you know…he was right.
Billy Jack went Berserk again when he killed Bernard Posner with a karate chop to the throat after Posner murdered a young girl. Wounded with a gun shot from the encounter, Billy Jack surrenders to the police as groups of locals with fists raised high watched as he is driven away. Oh yeah, Billy Jack's anger was also fueled by the fact that his girlfriend, Jean Roberts (Dolores Taylor), had been raped. That'll do it everytime.
Note: Earlier in the film, Bernard Posner asks Cindy (Susan Foster) her name, and she says, "Up." Bernard responds, "Up? Huh-huh, that's an odd name. What's your last name?" Cindy replies, "Yours. Up Yours."
Billy Jack reappears in the sequel film The Trial of Billy Jack (1974) and Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977). His character debuted in the biker film The Born Losers (1967) where he battled members of a outlaw motorcycle gang who terrorized a small California town and raped four women.