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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Byron Shales
Dexter Johnson
Eileen Wells
Christie Shales
Connie Wells
Paul Wells
Laurel Moglen ...
Aunt Olavee
Hal Shales
Doris Shales
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Four friends graduate in the year 1970, the start of a new decade.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content, some sexuality, language and violence




Release Date:

30 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A '70-es évek  »

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(2 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When the family is watching the Tonight Show together the sub-title identifies the scene as "Christmas 1975." Jack Benny is a guest on the episode of the Tonight Show that they are watching. Jack Benny died in 1974. See more »


Doris Shales: But Byron... it's Christmas!
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Jessica - Original Album Version
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Beyond bad
7 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am not in the habit of nasty reviews. I understand that it is very easy for me to sit in the back row and criticize than it is to do any of this. I usually try to find that one gem or aspect that, I can praise. Sometimes there is an actor or a scene, or character or even a song who will rise above mediocrity and show me something. Unfortunately, I cannot find any gold nugget in this one.

Okay, first of all, the 70's are a tough decade to categorize. Many different things were happening in different places. To do an epic on the 60's or 40's or many other time periods is far easier. Suffice it to say this was an extremely ambitious and arduous task to say the least. Whether it could be done in a 4 hour period would a huge labor.

Having said all of the preceding, this mini series failed on almost every level. The plot was pretty lame. The writing was so bad that, it was down right funny. The characters were so shallow and one dimensional that I was laughing and groaning at times.

We could say that the acting was bad but, it would have taken an amazing cast of the best actors in the world to make this dog hunt. This cast just did not have the chops to pull this one out. Even so, the acting was absolutely, plastic and depth-less.

The only recommendation, I would make is for people with film ambitions, acting, writing or directing to watch this and take careful notes so that you know what not to do. This could be worth it just so you could avoid these mistakes.

For anyone else, I would not waste your time.

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