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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
Laurel Moglen ...
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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Jo-Jo (8)
Robert Bailey ...
Jo-Jo (8)
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Four friends graduate in the year 1970, the start of a new decade.

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for drug content, some sexuality, language and violence
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30 April 2000 (USA)  »

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A '70-es évek  »

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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 »

Goofs

When Byron shows up for Dexter's wedding, Dexter makes the comment that the bride is ready for the "Rumble In The Jungle". This wedding scene is happening in late 1972 or early 1973. The "Rumble In The Jungle" (boxing match between Ali & Foreman which spawned the expression) was October 30, 1974. No way he would've used this expression at the time of the wedding. See more »

Quotes

Doris Shales: But Byron... it's Christmas!
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Connections

Features NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970) See more »

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Written by Aretha Franklin and Teddy White
Performed by Aretha Franklin
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Brisk panorama of a decade
9 October 2016 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

Released to TV in 2000 and directed by Peter Werner, "The 70s" details the major events and hit songs of the decade through the eyes of four protagonists who graduate from Kent State University in 1970. The four are played by Vinessa Shaw, Brad Rowe, Amy Smart and Guy Torry.

People look down on this television production because the story threads that link the various events are brisk and lack depth; but if the writers offered more depth it would be a 4-5 hour movie. Besides, I felt like I knew the characters by the end; they're not one dimensional and are all likable in one way or another. Sure, there are some dubious melodramatics and acting, but "The 70s" entertainingly accomplishes what it sets out to do – highlight the significant happenings of the decade, starting with the Kent State shootings of May 4th, 1970, and on to Watergate, feminism, disco, the Guyana cult tragedy and so on, all to a soundtrack of 70's radio hits.

On the babe front, Shaw is intelligent and winsome whereas Smart is flighty, but babelicious. They coulda done more with them, but they do enough. Rowe comes across as a low-budget Brad Pitt while Torry is a compelling choice to represent black culture, his wife too (Leslie Silva).

The film runs 170 minutes and was shot in Southern California with historical footage from all over the USA.

GRADE: B-


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