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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 »

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Chevron-17 (as Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo)
Gerald V. Casale ...
Yale-44 (as Gerald V. Casale of Devo)
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Dr. Von Mobil
Nancye Ferguson ...
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Adam-11
Bob Casale ...
Ron-29 (as Bob Casale of Devo)
David Kendrick ...
Ron-31 (as David Kendrick of Devo)
Geoff Hoyle ...
Heinz-57
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Chanel-6
Jeffrey McDonald ...
Chris Johnson (as Jeff McDonald of Redd Kross)
Steve McDonald ...
Tommy Sears (as Steve McDonald of Redd Kross)
Liam O'Brien ...
Rodney Snodgrass
Ann Block ...
Chris' Mom
Charles Dean ...
Chris' Dad
Martin von Haselberg ...
Agent 1 (as Martin Von Haselberg of The Kipper Kids)
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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 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.

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12 October 1990 (USA)  »

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Originally, Michael McKean was going to appear in the film. See more »

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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 »

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Cheryl Dickman: What sign are you? Because my mood ring just, like, totally changed colors.
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Version of Test Tube Teens from the Year 2000 (1994) See more »

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Love Chant
Written by Bobby Eli, Ron Kersey, Barbara Ingram
Performed by Eli's Second Coming
Produced by Bobby Eli
For Joel Diamond Entertainment
Courtesy of Silver Blue Records
Publishers: Ocean's Blue Music & Friday's Child Music
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living in the past
4 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Three intrepid time travelers from the distant future take aim for the year 1776, but a 200-year miscalculation brings them instead to an age of platform shoes, mood rings, and disco dancing. This harmless parody of pop culture during the 1970s is often more lame than the decade itself was, in part because it never tries to be any less superficial than the fads it pokes fun at. Everything is included: the music (Peter Frampton, Grand Funk Railroad); the trends (bean bag chairs, self-awareness seminars); and even the personalities (teen heartthrobs David Cassady and Leif Garrett, who apparently enjoyed spoofing themselves). The plot is a good natured plagiarism of 'Back to the Future' but, except for the exploding Ford Pinto, there aren't any actual time-warp jokes; the humor, such as it is, relies entirely on the stimulus-response of simple recognition. Filmed in beautiful downtown Alameda, California, with a cast of local actors alongside the many celebrity cameos.


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