Rescuers tried to help young fishermen before wall of water hit boat

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Rescue teams tried to keep up the spirits of young fishermen on a boat in Canada before a wall of water crashed into the boat and killed them, documents state.

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No bodies found in Miss Ally

WOODS HARBOUR, Nova Scotia, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A search of the capsized Miss Alley Saturday turned up no sign of the Canadian commercial fishing boat's five missing crew members, searchers said.

Vito Giacalone, suspect in Hoffa case dies at 88

DETROIT, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Vito Giacalone, a reputed mob enforcer in Detroit and suspect in the disappearance and presumed death of Jimmy Hoffa, has died at 88.

Grand Canyon flooding leaves devastation

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Tribal members have returned to their Arizona homes and 11 missing tourists were found as Grand Canyon flood waters receded.

Monk among those on college hall ballot

NEW YORK, March 11 (UPI) -- Art Monk, who was selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, is one of 75 players on the ballot to join the College Football Hall of Fame.

Studio head Frank Capra Jr. dead at 73

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Movie producer Frank Capra Jr. has died of prostate cancer in Philadelphia at the age of 73, his son Jonathan told the Los Angeles Times.

Escaped convict captured in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 3 (UPI) -- Police in Ohio captured an inmate who allegedly stole a guard's gun and uniform at a hospital and held a woman hostage at an accountant's office. Police said Billy Jack Fitzmorris, 34, escaped from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio, Monday aft

Cinematographers honor Fred Koenekamp

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The American Society of Cinematographers has announced Oscar winner Fred Koenekamp will receive its lifetime achievement award.

Court orders Mafia bosses to pay

CINCINNATI, April 19 (UPI) -- A federal appellate court has ordered five Detroit organized crime figures to forfeit more than $1 million collected over three decades of bullying and shakedow

Court orders Mafia bosses to pay

CINCINNATI, April 19 (UPI) -- A federal appellate court has ordered five Detroit organized crime figures to forfeit more than $1 million collected over three decades of bullying and shakedow

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AGENTS APPROVE DEAL WITH ACTORS The Board of Directors of the Association of Talent Agents announced late Tuesday it has unanimously approved the tentative agency agreement with the Screen Actors Guild.
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Billy Jack
PAN99072304 - 23 JULY 1999 - WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA: Billy Jack Grieves from the Oxford House reservation north of Winnipeg steps out of a canoe holding the Pan Am torch after being paddled from the Manitoba Legislature to the Onieda Cauldron at the Forks in Winnipeg, July 23. The flame will be taken on it's final leg to the Winnipeg Stadium tonight. jr/hr/ H. Ruckemann UPI

Billy Jack is the second, and highest grossing, in a series of motion pictures centering on a fictional character of the same name, played by Tom Laughlin who also directed and co-wrote the script. Filming began in Prescott, Arizona, in fall 1969, but the movie was not completed until 1971. American International Pictures pulled out of the production, halting filming. Twentieth Century Fox came in and filming eventually resumed, but when that studio refused to distribute the film, Warner Bros. took over.

The film lacked distribution, so Laughlin took it to theatres himself in 1971. The film died at the box office in its initial run but took in more than $40 million in its 1973 re-release, which was supervised by Laughlin.

Billy Jack is a "half-breed" American Cherokee Indian Green Beret Vietnam War veteran, hapkido master, and gunslinger. The character made his d├ębut in The Born Losers (1967), a so-called "biker film" about a motorcycle gang terrorizing a California town; Billy Jack rises to the occasion to defeat the gang by defending from their wrath a college student who has evidence against them for gang rapes. The first film was considered the typical drive-in theatre fare of the period, described by Entertainment Insiders reviewer Rusty White as "pure exploitation, but with something extra."

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