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5-25-77 (2007)

'77 (original title)
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Alienated, hopeful-filmmaker Pat Johnson's epic story growing up in rural Illinois, falling in love, and becoming the first fan of the movie that changed everything.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Francis Daley ... Pat Johnson
Austin Pendleton ... Herb Lightman
Colleen Camp ... Janet Johnson
Neil Flynn ... Dr. Callahan
Steve Coulter Steve Coulter ... Bill
Emmi Chen Emmi Chen ... Linda
Katie Jeep Katie Jeep ... Robin Braden
Justin Mentell ... Tony
Gwen Kmiec Gwen Kmiec ... Jody Johnson
Mark Lorenz Mark Lorenz ... Donny (as Mark Buenning)
Christopher McLinden ... Doug
Caitlin Barlow Caitlin Barlow ... Jenny
Ema Tuennerman Ema Tuennerman ... Dawn
Eddie Kunz ... Jeff Greene
Eric Miles Eric Miles ... Jay Johnson


Alienated, hopeful-filmmaker Pat Johnson's epic story growing up in rural Illinois, falling in love, and becoming the first fan of the movie that changed everything.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

25 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

5-25-77 See more »

Filming Locations:

Gurnee, Illinois, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


(Workprint Version)


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Did You Know?


Filming took the span of thirteen years with primary photography from 2004 to 2006, and final additional photography in 2015 and 2016. See more »


Some shots show the characters driving on Gurnee, IL roads where Six Flags Great America's "American Eagle" wooden roller coaster can be prominently seen in the background.

The movie is set in 1977, but the American Eagle did not open until the 1981 season. See more »


Herb Lightman: Because Hollywood is the least likely place on the planet Earth for anyone's dreams to EVER come true.
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Spoofs 6-18-67 (1967) See more »

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Worthy effort but never should have been released in theaters
31 May 2017 | by jmc4769See all my reviews

There are two ways to review this movie. On the one hand, it is obviously a labor of love, and you have to admire director Patrick Johnson's persistence. He worked for 13 years to get this project completed. So I have to give him an A for effort. It's amazing that an amateur filmmaker was able to bring his film to the big screen. This is a worthy "student film", but it is what it is, and it should never have been released in theaters. Everything about it is amateurish, including the acting, the directing, the script, and the cinematography. For example, the director seems to think that having one of the actors stare into the camera with his mouth open for 10 seconds is high drama (and he uses this technique repeatedly). I'm not saying that there is no audience for this movie. I'm guessing that sci-fi geek's, Star Wars fanatics, and amateur filmmakers will enjoy it despite its flaws. But it should have gone straight to DVD and streaming. I felt ripped off having to pay eight bucks to see it.

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