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The Spirit of '76 (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 12 October 1990 (USA)
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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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Lucas Reiner

Writers:

Roman Coppola (story), Lucas Reiner (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Mothersbaugh ... Chevron-17 (as Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo)
Gerald V. Casale Gerald V. Casale ... Yale-44 (as Gerald V. Casale of Devo)
Carl Reiner ... Dr. Von Mobil
Nancye Ferguson Nancye Ferguson ... Nurse
David Cassidy ... Adam-11
Bob Casale ... Ron-29 (as Bob Casale of Devo)
David Kendrick David Kendrick ... Ron-31 (as David Kendrick of Devo)
Geoff Hoyle Geoff Hoyle ... Heinz-57
Olivia d'Abo ... Chanel-6
Jeffrey McDonald Jeffrey McDonald ... Chris Johnson (as Jeff McDonald)
Steve McDonald Steve McDonald ... Tommy Sears
Liam O'Brien Liam O'Brien ... Rodney Snodgrass
Ann Block Ann Block ... Chris' Mom
Charles Dean Charles Dean ... Chris' Dad
Martin von Haselberg ... Agent 1
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Azok a csodás 70-es évek See more »

Filming Locations:

Alameda, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Deluxe)
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Trivia

Although they had met during the 1970s when they were both teen idols, David Cassidy and Leif Garrett became close friends while making this film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Cheryl Dickman: What sign are you? Because my mood ring just, like, totally changed colors.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References Welcome Back, Kotter (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Love's Theme
Written by Barry White
Performed by Love Unlimited
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
Published by Unichappell Music, Inc.
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Campy Comedy Worthy of John Waters
13 October 2002 | by MovieMarauderSee all my reviews

I never got to experience the 70's myself (I was born in '84), but this movie really makes me long for that bygone era. The first time I saw this film, I was just a kid, maybe 5 or 6, and I loved it from the start. Now that I'm older, I realize this movie is about the campiest thing I've ever seen, but it's still just as fun to watch. The platform shoes, 8-track cassettes, AMC Pacers, and bicentennial bongs will all serve to transport you into that beloved decade of excess and extravagance. This movie is packed with nutty, over-the-top characters who serve as caricatures for all of the diverse lifeforms the 70's produced. Smarmy science fare nerds, early mallrats, happy stoners, middle-aged yuppies seeking self-improvement, and those poor, restless creatures perpetually afflicted with Boogie Fever. This is a movie John Waters could have and should have had a hand in. A clever, skewed portrait of life in the 70's. Gee, I REALLY missed out on a lot!!!


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