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The Spirit of '76

4.4 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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Genre: Musicals
Rating: PG13
Release Date: 3-AUG-2004
Media Type: DVD

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A virtual pantheon of icons from the 1970s populate Spirit of '76, a 1991 homage of sorts to the decade of excessive, tacky design. David Cassidy plays an inventor from a drab, lifeless future that wants to send a team back to 1776 to retrieve the Constitution; a technical foul-up lands them in 1976 instead. You can imagine what follows: Crazy, funky get-ups and limp jokes about Watergate, self-actualization seminars, GM Pacers, streakers, and disco. Leif Garrett, Moon Zappa, Devo, Tommy Chong, Rob Reiner, and others make cameo appearances, as well as more contemporary personalities like Julie Brown. It would be charitable to assume that the filmmakers put all this together lovingly and didn't want to distract from the warm glow of nostalgia by making anything actually funny. Also featuring Olivia D'Abo, Geoff Hoyle, and members of the band Redd Kross. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

  • Behind the scenes
  • Additional scenes and outtakes
  • Music video: "1976" by Redd Kross
  • Easter eggs

Product Details

  • Actors: Ann Block, Bob Casale, Gerald V. Casale, David Cassidy, Charles Dean
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008WJEP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,922 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Spirit of '76" on IMDb

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This is a fun poke at 70s pop culture. It revolves around a team of time traveling scientists who come from 2176, meaning to travel to 1776, looking for The Constitution, to replace theirs lost in a magnetic storm, so they can get on with their business of running the country. Through a mechanical malfunction, they wind up in 1976 and the fun begins!

A note for historical accuracy: While the film would have to take place in 1976 to be able to poke fun at the heyday of David Cassidy and Leif Garrett - two of the film's stars - The Constitution wasn't written until Sept. 1787. The time traveling scientists would have to want to travel back to 1787, and wouldn't as likely end up in 1976. The film wouldn't be as much fun if taken place in 1987, now would it? Still, don't let that blaring inaccuracy spoil the fun for you. Just turn off your brain and enjoy the ride...

As just a couple of examples of the satirical parody within, David Cassidy's character (one of the time traveling scientists) picks up and looks at a Partridge Family lunchbox and laments about how terrible it would be if he and his companions were to be stuck there. Great self-parody.

In another scene, Tommy Chong is in a "head shop" extolling the virtues of a bicentennial bong which has pictures of the founding fathers on it's base. "See, you can learn about the presidents while you're getting wasted."

Just a few examples of the tounge-in-cheek, nose-thumbing homage to that silliest of decades. The list of cultural references goes on and on. Bicentennial fever, mile-long gas lines, pop-rocks 'n soda (remember that, Boomers?)... Too many to get into real discussion about over such a stupid (albeit painfully funny at times) movie.
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How can you not get into this movie? It is so silly and tongue-in-cheek! Three time travelers (one of whom is David Cassidy) from 2176 aim to go back in time to 1776, "the birth of our nation", to retrieve the recorded history that was lost in the magnetic storm. Those big sillies! They wind up in 1976 instead and run smack into our beloved McDonald brothers (who helm Redd Kross, one of the greatest bands ever). Hilarity ensues as the time travelers attempt to learn about the history of our country while shopping for leisure suits, driving Pacers and learning to do the Hustle. There's something for everyone: a groovy soundtrack, a love story, car chases, Leif Garrett, fabulous fashions, a science fair, even the Meathead! Liam O'Brien as Rodney Snodgrass just steals the show! Sit back, relax, enjoy, and just "BE"! See this film so you won't be stuck thinking, "Watashiwa manuki!"
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This was a fun, but not perfect movie. If you grew up in the '70s it will definitely amuse you- if you didn't, well you may find it a bit silly but I don't think it will have the same punch.
A group of scientists sends a team back to retrieve "the Constitution" which has been lost. Only one man is old enough to remember it, and he's too senile to get the details straight. A malfunction sends the team to 1976 rather than their goal of 1776 and thus the premise of the movie. Will they find what they are looking for in the age of butterfly collars, the Carpenters and Grand Funk Railroad? Well I won't spoil the film by giving away the ending, but now you know the basic plot at least. If you are still not tempted to go out and see the movie, then it's probably not really for you. If on the other hand you are thinking, "Oh man, Grand Funk Railroad! I remember them!" then you may well find this movie very entertaining.
If you enjoy movies with the stereotypical pair of stoned (or stupid) teens ala "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure", "Dude, Where's My Car?", or "Dumb and Dumber", you may enjoy this film as well, even if you have no recollection of the '70s.
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I watched this movie over 10 times and I loved every minute of it. I'm into the seventies theme, and the fashions, music, and especially the teen heart throbs ( David Cassidy and Leif Garrett) made the movie fun to watch. It's a fun movie, I think it's neat, funny, and cute. If you are a fan of David Cassidy, Leif Garrett, or of the 70s then this is the movie for you.
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If you were a kid in the 70's like me, then this film will bring back great memories. The film hits has just the right goofball tone. A fun parody, but you do get involved with the characters and their mission to find the Constitution. A great film for parties or a group of friends. This film played at midnights in LA for awhile, and seems to have an underground cult status. Alot more fun than Rocky Horror, which is too wierd for many of us. David Cassidy and Lief Garrett were well cast, playing their roles with the right irony. A satisfying ending wraps it up with " Saturday Night " blasting by the Bay City Rollers!
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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...
...NOT! More like a time-zone far, far away. Our story begins in America, year 2176. The world is in danger. All life as we know is at stake. The only hope to save the world is to send three unlikely heros to the year 1776 to retrieve the Constitution of the United States.
Lets introduce our contestants! Contestant #1 is Adam 11 (70's icon, David Cassidy). Adam 11 is arogant, egotistical (kinda like Keith Partridge). But, also like Cassidy's former alter-ego, has a heart. As Adam is working on the very ship that will bring him and his companions to the past, he looks longingly at an old, torn postcard with his idea of Paradise and the words "Ikikki Beach". His hearts only desire is to go to "Ikikki Beach", his concept of Paradise.
Contestant #2 Chanel-6 (Olivia d'Abo) is a mission-minded, by the book, beautiful woman. She has her mind focussed on completing the mission. Sort of a hard-case...at first...
Contestant #3 is Heinz-57 (Geoff Hoyle) seems to take things litterally.
So...here is our motley crew. They enter Adam-11's time-travel ship, which, incidentally, is a piece of garbage; the thing just doesn't work right. It is set for 1776...or, so they think. When the ship stops, the digital read-out says 1776, and everyone's happy, and everyone leaves the ship, and takes that one giant step for all future-kind...except, little does anyone know, the read-out then says 1976 (but, the humor comes that our 3 heros believe, throughout the movie that they are in 1776...SHH! don't tell)
Now, we see just about every 1970's cliche known to man (both present and future); the hair-styles, the clothes, the shoes, the cars. The way everyone talks...hey, did anyone notice that Partridge Family lunch box ?
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