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The '70s

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Brad Rowe, Guy Torry. The story of four friends whose journey through the 1970s epitomizes the struggles and stories of that decade. 2000/color/174 min/NR/fullscreen.

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In 170 minutes, this NBC-produced miniseries hoped to capture a decade--and in many ways, it did. The '70s traces the lives of four friends from their senior year at Kent State (marked by the killing of four student protestors by the National Guard) through the era of Watergate and Tang. At its worst, it's a so-so soap opera held together by fascinating bits of historical trivia, giving equal time to the issues of the era (the Equal Rights Amendment, the oil crisis) and inescapable bits of pop culture (Mary Tyler Moore and the hustle). The characters are pretty obviously engineered to plumb every angle of the decade's cultural topography: the young black National Guardmember who deserts to Los Angeles in time to join the Black Panthers and open a cinema featuring hits like Shaft and Cleopatra Jones, the sorority girl turned disco queen turned California cultist, the young intellectual woman who finds feminism and abandons marriage in favor of a career, and the conservative law student turned Watergate burglar turned pipeline worker turned environmentalist. The acting's not bad and the story hangs together, but the show is really at its best when the soundtrack takes over, allowing montages of memorable photos and archival film clips to reveal (and revel in) the real history behind the melodrama. --Grant Balfour

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  • Actors: Brad Rowe, Guy Torry, Vinessa Shaw, Amy Smart, Kathryn Harrold
  • Directors: Peter Werner
  • Writers: Jeffrey Alan Fiskin, Kevin Willmott, Mitch Brian
  • Producers: Denise Di Novi, Jim Chory, Lori Motyer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TJH0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,714 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The '70s" on IMDb

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By FlyGuyMovieBuff on October 16, 2007
Format: DVD
I found this movie along with another titled The '60's in a bargin bin at a swap meet. I paid 2 dollars for both. I enjoyed them so much I would have paid full price. I wondered if there was a third movie titled The '80's but Studio 54 was as close as I could find. Being born too late to remember the 60's, The '70's actually did spark memories for me, specifically cult fanatics and all the runaway teens who joined them. Vinessa Shaw is an absolute doll, I've had the hots for her since Hocus Pocus. She really needs to be a lead character hero a la Lara Croft.... Rent all 3, The 60's, The 70's and Studio 54 and spend a weekend revisiting 3 decades of excessive excess.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anyechka on March 24, 2005
Format: DVD
One shouldn't expect too much from what was a made-for-tv miniseries, with no real big names, but altogether it was a very good involving story. It followed the course of the decade from start to finish very nicely, encorporating in music and actual footage of the historic events together with the respective storylines of the four main characters. Still, it just doesn't seem quite as gripping and involving as the prior movie 'The '60s,' where there seemed to be more character development instead of, like this movie, seeming to focus a bit more on a lot of historic happenings and making as many of them a part of their lives as possible, instead of just choosing ones that would have naturally fit with whom the characters were. The plot seems to suffer a little because of this. There also seemed like there were more gaps of time than in 'The '60s,' with a few years passing between events a couple of times without letting the viewer know what year it was now supposed to be or how much time had passed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "we_are_pink_machine" on September 16, 2002
Format: DVD
Though this movie would definitally not be a blockbuster if it was released in a movie theatre rather than on tv; that doesn't make it any less of a movie!
I think this movie was great! I loved the music; and the cast, as well. Anyone who is going to doubt this movie before watching it is CRAZY! It's really a great movie; and teaches people (particularly teenagers) things that they would normally be bored by (i.e. the Watergate scandal)! And I think that anything that gets kids interested in the history of the U.S. is wonderful.
I think this is a great movie for people of ALL AGES, and I would definitally recommend it to anyone!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2002
Format: DVD
This was a much better movie than I expected. After the tepid reviews it recieved while on NBC I didn't expect much and was pleasantly surprised. This miniseries follows 4 young Kent State students throughout the '70s decade as their lives change and they grow apart and eventually back toward one another.
While the four characters are cliches, it would be difficult for this movie to show all apsects of the decade otherwise. We follow all four- there is Dexter, the African-American who deserts the National Guard after Kent State and moves to urban LA, where he becomes a part of urban renewal and opens a theater playing popular "Blacksploitation" films like Shaft and Cleopatra Jones. Elieen is the Barnard grad who moves to NY to follow a boy but has her heart broken and becomes involved in her own career and the feminist movement. There is Byron, Eileen's boyfriend, who goes from young Republican involved in Watergate to environmentalist and Alaskan pipeline oil worker. And finally there is Christie, Byron's sister and Eileen's best friend, a college drop-out who parties on the disco scene, dabbles in modeling and winds up in a San Francisco cult.
This miniseries is a good bet if you want to learn a bit more about the decade and seeing it sans commercials is great! I was a little bit disappointed nothing was said about the beginning of punk rock, but I guess you can't have it all! Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "txgent31" on May 20, 2000
Format: DVD
as someone who grew up in the 70's and 80's i was very impressed with this movie(as i was with the 60's). i remember watergate,disco and practically everything else in between. the 70's was a great time and this movie brings that across and is great for anyone who can remember the decade and great for anyone who can't. get the dvd and enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tyler on September 17, 2010
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I saw this movie a long time ago when it appeared as a miniseries for two seperate days on a regular TV channel. As a teenager, I was intrigued at this insight into the 70's, which is told through the experiences of four regular college kids. I never saw the movie again for the next 10-12 years, but it remained on my mind on some key memories that were hard to forget...until I ordered this movie through Amazon, and much to my delight, got to relive the entire movie once more for an exciting 2 and a half hours!
One student is a Negro who attends Kent State in Ohio, but also is a member of the National Guard, to avoid service in Vietnam, and also to help pay for his tuition. But when he's called into service against the antiwar mobs that first set fire to the ROTC building, he experiences the deaths of 4 college kids at the hands of fellow trigger-happy weekend warriors and he deserts the Guard, buys a movie theater that he attended as a kid, and as time goes by, turns it into a Black Nationalist headquarters for certain meetings. He dates and later marries an older woman with a child, who lost a husband in the war, and is also betrayed by a close friend, resulting in his near-death and his nice Mustang being totaled. Yowch!

Amy Smart plays another of the college girls, who loses a boyfriend at Kent State as well, and she leaves college, kind of puttering around through life with numerous jobs, and finds a new boyfriend who manages a recording studio, coming to blows with him later on and realizing her grief when she comes to apologize to him and finding out that he killed himself as an OD on drugs.
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