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The '70s (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 30 April 2000
Four friends graduate in the year 1970, the start of a new decade.

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Byron Shales
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Dexter Johnson
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Eileen Wells
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Christie Shales
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Connie Wells
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Paul Wells
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Wendy
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Aunt Olavee
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Yolanda
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Elizabeth
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Hal Shales
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Doris Shales
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Nick
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Four friends graduate in the year 1970, the start of a new decade.

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Rated PG-13 for drug content, some sexuality, language and violence
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(2 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The company that Eileen works for, and which she eventually sues for sexual discrimination, is referred to throughout as "D,C and H." We learn those letters stand for "Dewey, Conham, and Howe" - an ancient joke-name for a law firm (along with its variations "Dewey, Cheatam and Howe" and "Cheatam and Steele"). See more »

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The World Trade Center towers were not complete until 1972, but they are shown occupied and on postcards in the fall of 1970. See more »

Quotes

Doris Shales: But Byron... it's Christmas!
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Features Sanford and Son (1972) See more »

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Where You Lead
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Music by Carole King and lyrics by Toni Stern
Performed by Carole King
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14 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

I'll be honest. I enjoyed this mini-series. Maybe because I didn't live through the real thing. I was born in the glorious eighties, so this may be the reason that I am the ONLY person who found this series 'watchable.'

I can't comment on the history too much, so that just leaves the acting, music, and writing. The acting was a little touchy but still good. Touchy because the four main characters are somewhat newcomers to acting, but they still did a nice job. Smart, Rowe, Torry, and Shaw worked well as a team and were good overall. Other supporting actors and characters were alright.

Hooray for the music! I love music from the sixties and seventies, so this worked out well. Nothing better than listening to disco for four hours. (What is the runtime?) Seriously, the mixture of some of the greatest songs were nicely put together.

The writing was okay and the story lines that followed the four college students were well thought out. Quite a few twists and turns for Smart's character but I could still handle it. Rowe's role with the Watergate scandal was a little hard to take. It briefly covered it but after a while into it, it became really dull. Torry's performance as Dexter was nothing great, nothing terrible. He buys a theatre, ends up in the hospital, and so on. There could have been a little more effort put into this character but no more screen time. I'm liking it, so don't bore me. And Shaw's Eileen was the best of the four. I liked the problems dealing with her parent's divorce, the lawsuit against what's-his-name, and her ups and downs with Byron.

Like I said, I can't comment too much on the era itself, but I will say that the settings and props were well put together. I love the wardrobe. Also, the added in little actions referring to the seventies was kind of funny. (streakers, masks of Nixon, reference to Mary Tyler Moore, and the list goes on)

After watching non-stop promotional ads on NBC for this mini-series, I looked forward to watching it. I didn't expect anything too big, since what the outcome of 'The '60s' was. But I was still happy and content with how it started and how it ended. (I definitely enjoyed this more than 'The '60s'.)


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