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The Spirit of '76 (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 12 October 1990 (USA)
Future Americans decide to time travel to 1776 to ask the founding fathers for the solutions to their problems. A glitch in the time machine changes their destination to 1976. Still ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevron-17 (as Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo)
Gerald V. Casale ...
Yale-44 (as Gerald V. Casale of Devo)
Nancye Ferguson ...
Bob Casale ...
Ron-29 (as Bob Casale of Devo)
David Kendrick ...
Ron-31 (as David Kendrick of Devo)
Geoff Hoyle ...
Jeffrey McDonald ...
Chris Johnson (as Jeff McDonald)
Steve McDonald ...
Tommy Sears
Liam O'Brien ...
Rodney Snodgrass
Ann Block ...
Chris' Mom
Charles Dean ...
Chris' Dad
Martin von Haselberg ...
Agent 1


Future Americans decide to time travel to 1776 to ask the founding fathers for the solutions to their problems. A glitch in the time machine changes their destination to 1976. Still believing themselves to be in 1776, the time travellers attempt to study this "ideal" civilization. 70's jokes, props and stars abound. Written by Bob Eichler <robert_eichler@fmso.navy.mil>

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A close-up look at the most embarrassing decade in history.


Comedy | Sci-Fi


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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12 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Azok a csodás 70-es évek  »

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Debut credit as both a producer and a casting director of Susan Landau Finch who was billed as "Susie Landau". See more »


Chris and Tommy have numerous patches sewn onto their jeans. One of the boys has a patch on his leg depicting Gene Simmons from his Kiss solo album. This film was set during the Bicentennial - 1976. The Kiss solo albums were released on September 18, 1978. See more »


Cheryl Dickman: What sign are you? Because my mood ring just, like, totally changed colors.
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The closing credits of the movie featured the zodiac sign symbol of each cast and crew member on the production next to their name. See more »


References The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) See more »


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Written by Kenny Nolan and Bob Crewe (as Bob Crew)
Performed by Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes
Featuring Monti Rock III (as Sir Monti Rock III)
Produced by Bob Crewe (as Bob Crew)
Used by permission of Delicious Apple Music, Downtown Music and Heart's Delight
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A campy romp through the 70's...for those of you who can't remember them.
9 November 2000 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I was quite surprised that I liked this B film, as the start is pretty corny. Once you get over that fact, you see a pretty fun film, one which anyone who lived through the 70s will appreciate.

Apparently, this film is a 2nd generation's project. The executive producers are Copalla and Riener, the sons of Francis Ford Copalla and Rob Riener. I think that accounts for the relatively large cast of 70s stars. The music was great as there were snippits from many 70s tunes. I went looking for the soundtrack, but, unfortunately, it doesn't exist.

The main star, David Cassidy, was the lead singer for the Partridge Family, among other things. It would have been very easy for the producers to harp on that topic, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that the film didn't turn into an inside-joke factory.

This is a fun film to coast back to the 70s on. If you can get over the campiness of the beginning, you're in for a treat. Have a nice day!

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