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Favorite 70's Movies and Music
Favorite mid-'70's Movies, Music, and TV
The 1970s was a fun era--it had it's own kind of music, movies, TV shows, fashion, and uniqueness. It was a good time to be a teenager. Old photos easily pinpoint the '70's due to hairstyles, shoes, cars, leisure suits, sedgefield jeans, or famous "ditto" jeans for teenage girls -- all being give-away clues. Not to mention the disco music that came on the scene in this decade of change and originality.
In addition, many movies and TV programs define this time period as well. I will share a few movies, TV programs, and music favorites which concentrate more in the years 1975 - 1977. Many areas of influence had a profound impact on American culture during this era, including one TV show that seemed to have the greatest force -- All in the Family with Archie Bunker driving the change.
TV's Effect on Culture
There were some TV programs that molded the culture and how people thought about the world. They had a great impact on how we viewed television and changed our expectations and perceptions.
All in the Family
Archie Bunker's Effect on American Culture
According to St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture, immediate critical reaction to All in the Family ranged from wild praise to apocalyptic denunciation, with little in between. Popular reaction, however, was noncommittal at first but by the beginning of the 1971-72 season, All in the Family was the most popular show in America. In addition to his "pinko" daughter and son-in-law, Archie's equally opinionated black neighbor George Jefferson, his wife's leftist family, his ethnically diverse workplace and his all-too-liberal church became fodder for his conservative cannon. Household saint Edith was herself frequently in the line of Archie's fire, with his repeated imprecation "Stifle yourself, you dingbat!" becoming a national catch phrase. The social worth of the Bunkers' battles became the focus of discussions and commentary in forums ranging from TV Guide to The New Yorker to Ebony, where Archie Bunker was the first white man to occupy the cover. Social scientists and communication scholars joined the debate with empirical studies that alternately proved and disproved that All in the Family's treatment of race, class, and bigotry had a malign effect on the show's viewers and American society.
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Watch Archie Bunker in this complete four season collection and witness the part he and the Bunker family played in editing American culture.
Archie Bunker Poll
Did you watch All in the Family back in the 70's or only later as reruns?
Charlie's Angels introduced a bit more sexuality to network television programming than was the norm up to this time.
Which Charlie's Angel was your favorite?
Holmes & Yo-Yo
Then there were TV programs like Holmes and Yo Yo that were short-lived, had little impact, and changed nothing, but were just enjoyable to watch.
Did you ever watch the short-lived TV sit-com Holmes and Yo Yo?
The 1970s Form a Unique Era All Its Own
As a teenager in the 1970s, this collection of memories symbolizes many of the things my friends and I experienced together. Our town had two walk-in movie theaters and two drive-in theaters and I saw all the movies mentioned here plus many, many more during the decade of the 1970s.
TV took a cultural turn during this period and moved away from the "Leave It to Beaver", "Andy Griffith", "Hazel" family oriented shows to a more racy, controversial format such as those mentioned here with "All in the Family" or "Charlie's Angels". Things definitely were "a changin"! And looking back, I am not totally convinced that it was really for the good in the overall picture for society as a whole. Many from the older generation were often "raising their brow" at what they were witnessing. These changes were probably all set in motion by the free-style living introduced in the previous decade of the 1960s. Then it just continued on into another period when the 1970s became a time where many new fads became the unique and defining style known as "The Seventies".
Enjoy some '70's Entertainment...
From for A Few Movies with Famous Songs from the 1970's
Movies from Around 1977
By his friend Steven Spielberg’s recommendation, Lucas hired composer John Williams, who had worked with Spielberg on the film Jaws. And Williams then, in March 1977 conducted the London Symphony Orchestra to record the Star Wars soundtrack. Spielberg’s input ended up making history since the American Film Institute's list of best scores lists the Star Wars soundtrack at number one. Music from the Star Wars movie became famous and is a familiar sound that most people today may easily identify.
Includes the first Star Wars movie from 1977
Rocky's soundtrack was composed by Bill Conti. The main theme song, "Gonna Fly Now", made it to number one on the Billboard Magazines Hot 100 list for one week (from July 2 to July 8, 1977) and the American Film Institute placed it 58th on its AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs. The complete soundtrack was re-released in 1988 by EMI on CD and cassette. Conti was also the composer for Rockys: II, III, V, and Rocky Balboa.
Rocky on DVD - Use "Watch Now" or "Buy Now" Feature
Saturday Night Fever
Saturday Night Fever on DVD or Blu-ray
Saturday Night Fever Poll
Did you ever try dancing like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever?
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The soundtrack album was released on vinyl album (with a gatefold sleeve), 8-track tape, and audio cassette by Arista Records in 1977, with a total running time of 41 minutes (it was later released on compact disc in 1990). The soundtrack album was a commercial success, peaking at #17 on the US Billboard album chart in February 1978 and was certified Gold by the RIAA for 1 million copies shipped. It also peaked at #40 in the UK album charts. Although not included on the original soundtrack album, a 7" single, "Theme from Close Encounters of the Third Kind", was also released and was a chart hit, peaking at #13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in March 1978. The single was later included with the vinyl soundtrack album as a free bonus item, and added as a bonus track to the cassette. Track listing:
Close Encounters of the Third Kind DVD
A Star is Born
A favorite movie and song with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson
A Star is Born DVD
70's Movie Poll
What is your favorite 70's movie?
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A Few Polls
About some things common in the 1970's
What kind of jeans did you wear in the '70's?
70's School Poll
Did you graduate from high school during a year in the 1970's?
Do you still enjoy music from the 1970's?
Where you a fan of cartoons in the 1970's?
Casey Kasem Poll
Did you listen to Casey Kasem's American Top 40 Music Countdown?
Unique Items from the 1970s from eBay
A Taste of '70's Fashion
Remember these looks?
1970's dress was different than the 1960's Hippie look.
Many people often confuse the style of clothes worn in the 1970's with the "hippie" attire common to the 1960's. There is a definite difference and with a little research you will see that hippies were from the 1960's and an entirely different look was common in the 1970's.
Below is one example of mid to late 1970's dress styles common to this era.