The Spirit of ’76 may not be the greatest movie ever made, and it certainly wasn’t a huge blockbuster hit when it was released in 1991, but it is immensely entertaining. A cult classic if you will. And with the on-coming 4th of July, a most appropriate retro recommendation.
The movie tells the story of American time travelers from 2176 who attempt to return to 1776, hoping to regain knowledge of their lost ancient heritage in order to save a dying planet. Unfortunately, a computer glitch lands them instead in . . . you guessed it . . . 1976. July fourth, nineteen seventy-six to be precise. The great year of the American bicentennial, when every fire hydrant was painted red, white, and blue, and disco was king.
2176 Time Traveler: ”We’ve come here to retrieve the heritage of our nation. The Constitution.”
1976 Teenager: ”Are you for real? You came all this way just for THAT? Duuude!“
Spirit of ’76 stars David Cassidy, Leif Garrett, Cheech, and Devo, not to mention the amazing McDonald brothers (Jeff and Steve from the band Redd Kross). This masterpiece was directed by Lucas Reiner, and produced by Roman Coppola, and featured costumes designed by non other than Sofia Coppola. It is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!