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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.


Peter Werner


Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (story) (as Jeffrey Fiskin), Mitch Brian (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Rowe ... Byron Shales
Guy Torry ... Dexter Johnson
Vinessa Shaw ... Eileen Wells
Amy Smart ... Christie Shales
Kathryn Harrold ... Connie Wells
Graham Beckel ... Paul Wells
Laurel Moglen Laurel Moglen ... Wendy
Tina Lifford ... Aunt Olavee
Leslie Silva ... Yolanda
Chandra West ... Elizabeth
Robert Joy ... Hal Shales
Jeannetta Arnette ... Doris Shales
Michael Easton ... Nick
Robert Bailey Jr. ... Jo-Jo (8)
Robert Bailey Robert Bailey ... Jo-Jo (8)


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) See more »

Also Known As:

A '70-es évek See more »

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Technical Specs


(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 »


Byron gets caught up in the Hard Hat Riot. The Hard Hat Riot occurred on May 8, 1970 (4 days after Kent State.) However, the movie shows it happening well after that. See more »


Doris Shales: But Byron... it's Christmas!
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Features NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970) See more »

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Brisk panorama of a decade
9 October 2016 | by WuchakkSee 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.


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