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The Spirit of '76 (1990)

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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 »


Lucas Reiner


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





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 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


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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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Did You Know?


The Wikipedia website states: "[Director Carl] Reiner complimented Sofia Coppola on her costuming work for the film, noting that she was only seventeen years-old during initial production. Coppola had to research for the 1970s as she had not lived through the period, and also developed costumes for two other periods - the future in the year 2171, and the future after the time-travelers returned home and changed the culture." See more »


When Eddie Trojan and Chanel-6 are riding in Eddie's car the song 'Don't Fear The Reaper' by Blue Oyster Cult is playing. The date is July 4, 1976. 'Don't Fear The Reaper' was not recorded until August 1976, and it became a billboard hit in November 1976. See more »


Dr. Von Mobil: We, the People, have a right to remain silent. Anything you say may be used against you. One nation, invisible, with Liberty and Christmas for all.
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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 »


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Kung Fu Fighting
Written and performed by Carl Douglas
Courtesy of Castle Communications, plc
Published by Musikverlag Oktave/Carren
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A campy romp through the 70's...for those of you who can't remember them.
9 November 2000 | by axrauppSee 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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