>>> Lets not forget 1980s cult classic Times Square.
Times Square was a wonderful film and spectacular soundtrack. The opening credits with Robin Johnson walking though Times Square, and then playing guitar along with the theme by Roxy Music grabbed me more strongly then about any other film I can think of. Perfect meld of music and motion.
The producer made this movie primarily to push that double-album. He didn’t have much faith in the film itself and so a nice little gem slipped through his hands. That’s how Robin Gibb wound up singing the closing titles. Disco slipped into all the New Wave.
I believe this was Tim’s first movie filmed after Rocky Horror. The producers could only afford to have him for about three days of filming. Everything he did was packed into that brief span.
The Nikki/Pammy relationship was filmed more explicitly, but that was edited down for release so as not to discourage the album sales. The director now says these scenes are now “missing”.
>>> Billy Jack?!!!
Remember, there is only one true Billy Jack movie. The rest are counterfeits. Billy Jack first appeared in “The Born Losers”, a motorcycle gang movie where Billy Jack just back from Vietnam very reluctantly gets pulled into saving a young woman terrorized by the gang. The film was directed by Laughlin and written by the young lady who also portrayed the movie’s heroine. No pacifist, he just wants to be left alone.
When they decided to go back to the well and make it a series, the writer who invented the character was forced out. Laughlin’s wife took over and Billy Jack was re-imaged into a schizoid granola eating vigilante peacenik with a body count higher then Billy the Kid.
So One Tin Soldier doesn’t really count. Accept no Billy Jack substitutes.
I totally agree with your post.
[and Patti Smith’s “Pissin’ In The River” was the best scene/song in the show, for me]
I LMAO at your Billy Jack crtiqiue.
OMG was my dad disappointed when he took us to see “Billy Jack”.
He -hated- hippies.