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The Trial Of Billy Jack (1974)
 
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Billy Jack, the lone warrior who defends and protects mistreated native Americans returns in this sequel to Billy Jack, 1971, which also has a snake scene, Billy Jack is tried and sentenced to a four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. When he gets out he returns to his home in the American southwest where an alternative liberal school is feuding with the conservative townspeople and as always Billy will have to save the day.

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Billy asks an Indian elder to guide help him with a vision quest, then he rappels off a cliff into a cave and lights a torch. He sees a cobra on the floor hissing loudly and blocking his way. He tells the snake: "No cobras live in this country my friend. I know who you are and I'm afraid I'm gonna have to ask you to leave." Then he leans over and puts his torch on the cobra which disappears in the flame.

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Billy crawls through a tunnel into another part of the cave where he is surprised to see a whole lot of snakes on the ground and on the rocks including many rattlesnakes. We hear all sorts of hissing and rattling sounds along with what sound like wild animals and heavy wind. His torch blows out and he is suddenly wearing different clothing and now he has a beard. He carefully walks past the snakes until he is pestered by screeching bats. Then a man appear who looks exactly like Billy Jack if he had joined the Blue Man Group. His blue doppleganger
tells him "You are me. I am a wheat clown, your inner self. Some day when you fully accept your fate and your death, then you will have me as your inner guide. But for now you are to go to the desert and learn from the maiden." Then Billy is zapped out into the desert.
I wonder if everybody's spirit guide looks like a Smurf....


Along with the cobra we see a few other species of snakes in the cave, including Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnakes, a gopher snake or two and what looks like a Boa Constrictor. It's hard to tell since it's very dark in that cave. But in this case I won't complain about the use of non-native snake species because Billy Jack already pointed that out and because they're not supposed to be real.