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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 ...
Nurse
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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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El espíritu del 76  »

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The easter eggs on the DVD include clips from a TV special hosted by Dr. Joyce Brothers. The clips feature such celebrities as Michael McKean and Ann Magnuson. See more »

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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 »

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Miss Liberty: Let's take a look at the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, because in a sense that's where it all starts: A lie from the President to manipulate Congress in order to fund an undeclared war? Now not only does this render the Tripartite system functionally useless, but it's clearly a violation of the Oath of Office prescribed by the Constitution itself.
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All people listed in credits have their astrological signs listed too. See more »

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

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Don't Fear The Reaper
Written by Donald Roeser (as D. Roeser)
Performed by Blue Öyster Cult
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
Published by B. O'Cult Songs, Inc.
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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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