REVIEW: THE 70S

CAST

Brad Rowe (Shelter)
Guy Torry (Runaway Jury)
Vinessa Shaw (The Hills Have Eyes)
Amy Smart (Road Trip)
Kathryn Harrold (Raw Deal)
Graham Beckel (Brokeback Mountain)
Laurel Moglen (Call Waiting)
Tina Lifford (Babe)
Leslie Silva (Odyssey 5)
Chandra West (White Noise)
Robert Joy (Amityville 3)
Michael Easton (Mutant X)
Peggy Lipton (The Postman)
Maurice Godin (Boat Trip)
Mark Rolston (Aliens)

 This was a much better movie than I expected. . 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 aspects of the decade otherwise.3We 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!