The Spirit of '76
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Release Date: 3-AUG-2004
Media Type: DVD
- Behind the scenes
- Additional scenes and outtakes
- Music video: "1976" by Redd Kross
- Easter eggs
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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.Read more ›
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.
...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 ?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its has time travel and 70's pop stars what more could you want? As a child of the 70's and growing up with David Cassidy and Leif Garrett and having crushes on them both, this... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Celeste Napodano
Love this movie, just a fun movie with a lot of pop culture from the 70's.Published 10 months ago by Judith Reza
I imagine if I lived in Colorado and partook of the newly legalized marijuna, this would end up being my new favorite movie. It's so bad, it's almost good. Remember how E.T. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Volt123
David Cassidy and Olivia D'Abo at their finest!!!
Watch out for the hexachloraphine.
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