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The Spirit of '76 (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 12 October 1990 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chevron-17 (as Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo)
Gerald V. Casale ... Yale-44 (as Gerald V. Casale of Devo)
... Dr. Von Mobil
Nancye Ferguson ... Nurse
... Adam-11
Bob Casale ... Ron-29 (as Bob Casale of Devo)
David Kendrick ... Ron-31 (as David Kendrick of Devo)
Geoff Hoyle ... Heinz-57
... Chanel-6
Jeffrey McDonald ... Chris Johnson (as Jeff McDonald)
Steve McDonald ... Tommy Sears
Liam O'Brien ... Rodney Snodgrass
Ann Block ... Chris' Mom
Charles Dean ... Chris' Dad
Martin von Haselberg ... Agent 1
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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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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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The film's opening title card reads: "AMERICA 2176". 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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Dr. Von Mobil: We, the People, have a right to remain silent. Anything you say may be used against you. One nation, invisible, with Liberty and Christmas for all.
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The closing credits of the movie featured the zodiac sign symbol of each cast and crew member on the production next to their name. See more »

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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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Energetic but unfunny
18 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

In 2176, futuristic America needs to "Rebuild!" after a magnetic storm. Unfortunately, they have no idea what liberty is, what freedom is, so three time-travelers are chosen to go back to the year 1776 to retrieve the nation's heritage--with only 12 hours on the clock. Even more unfortunately, they don't go back far enough due to a malfunction with the time machine's digital clock, and unknowingly find themselves in groovy 1976 instead. Talents from second-generation Hollywood were involved (including Carl Reiner's son Lucas Reiner acting as director and Roman Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola's son, co-writing the script with Reiner), but the shallow sense of humor displayed here is strictly bush league. Results are amateurish in conception, design and handling, though the cast has some game players. The prologue with an aged Carl Reiner reciting part of the U.S. Constitution is probably the film's brightest moment--after that, this totally obvious movie conceit runs out of have-a-nice-day sunshine. *1/2 from ****


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