Quotes / The '70s

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    Film — Live-action 

I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth; banks are going bust; shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter; punks are running wild in the street, and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat. And we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be! We all know things are bad. Worse than bad; they're crazy.
Howard Beale, Network

    Live-action TV 

So I paid for Cas for five nights up in the, uh, honeymoon suite. I told the manager, 'Do not disturb no matter what.' You know what he said to me? 'Yeah. Don't sweat it. Wanna buy some dope?' Dope. We ought to stick around here, buy some stock in Microsoft.
Dean, Supernatural ("The Song Remains the Same")


Everybody smoke
Use the pill and the dope
Educated fools
From uneducated schools
Pimping people is the rule
Polluted water in the pool
And Nixon talkin' 'bout 'don't worry'
He says 'don't worry'
Curtis Mayfield, "If There's Hell Below, We're All Going to Go"

    Newspaper comics 

Nixon, wearing nightgown: What did you bring me for '72?
Santa Claus: More inflation. Higher unemployment. A stagnant economy. The same old war. And a disastrous election campaign.
Nixon: (wild take) You call yourself Santa Claus?
Santa: And you call yourself President?
Jules Feiffer political cartoon, 1971

    Web Original 

Now, let me tell you about the time Nicholson and I were, like those poor souls in Paris, targeted over a depiction of the Muslim prophet. Scary? YOU BET! Did we survive it? EVANS ALWAYS ESCAPES UNSCATHED. 1972. Jane Fonda is the hottest star going, and yours truly had just signed her to a nic ne-picture musical deal. Fonda was high on peyote at the time and into Tunisian mysticism, and she demanded that her first picture be a musical in which she falls in love with Mohamed. And I said, ‘Baby! This won’t play in Kansas!’ But she just kept banging on her tamtam and insisting on the pic.

So I get the wheels turning on KORAN YOU SEE THE LIGHT (book and songs penned by Sir Elton John!), when suddenly Henry’s little girl is kidnapped and brainwashed (she brainwashes VERY easily) by a runaway sect known as the Bloody Hand. Well, at this point, Nicholson (who we signed to play the prophet himself) is fed up. He puts on that Mohamed costume and, dragging poor Evans along, walks right into the Bloody Hand’s compound! And he says to the leader, ‘That’s right. I’m the prophet Mohamed. And right now, I’m seeing you handing the hippie girl over so that we can blow this joint and I can buy a tajine full of coke.’ And they were so horribly offended that they froze! For, like, ten hours! And Irish just walks right out with Fonda and sends her to a Buddhist guru who re-brainwashes her! We ended up making Barbarella instead.

The glam aesthetic that had defined the (Jon) Pertwee era was passing by. Always ill-suited for a recession, the over the top gaudiness of glam turned bleak rapidly, the distant and detached starmen proving, as we always knew they would, to be egocentric narcissists. In one sense, Pertwee here carries out the course set out for him two seasons earlier — his very own Rock 'n Roll Suicide.
Dr. Phil Sandifer on Doctor Who ("Planet of the Spiders")

And what better way to say, "Kiss off, 1970s!" than by mentioning roller disco. Yes, that mutated hybrid of disco dancing and the jogging/exercise craze, is one of two of the decade's most shameful, embarrassing developments—the other of course being Jimmy Carter—so its prominence in the appropriately titled Roller Disco, the two-part season opener for CHiPs, is nothing short of inspired.

You're kidding me, right? They made a sequel to Road House? A movie so bad it actually killed the 1980s? I'm serious, it KILLED a DECADE. How do you even do that? The only other movie I know that can make that claim is the movie that killed the 70s, Moonraker.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I proudly present to you this film’s version of the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. Or as I like to call him: THE DISCO PIMP OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE!"
Wrestlecrap on An American Christmas Carol (1979), "Sit on it, Marley!"

Inherent Vice hints that this terraforming project has moved beyond the physical realm, and that “the ancient forces of greed and fear” have begun an extensive remodeling on the nation’s psychological landscape. The American Dream has been rezoned.

The pressures of a suffocating conformity, the escalating militarism of the Cold War and the sheer, jiLSD-25- shattered the staid rationalism of the Establishment and opened more Pandora's boxes than you can count.

This is the artificial world of 1970s dinner parties where the common man is trying to appear as conservative and as business class as possible by dolloping on the Marie Rose sauce and talking money and politics. It's the era of plastic — coffee makers, Tupperware, fake smiles and pretensions of being better than you are.

From the flowing unisex garments, to all the half-naked waifish chicks, to the pointless quoting of Nietzsche, to all the big perms (on men!), to the cornucopia of half-assed stoner ideals, I can’t think of a movie more dated in every aspect of its visual design and philosophy.

    Web Video 

I breast-fed a chimp. It was the seventies.
Stephanie LaFarge, Project Nim

I knew The Seventies were... seventies, but I didn't realise they were that seventies!

Sheriff Whittaker arrives to investigate his missing shirt buttons. I'm pretty sure the standard shirt in the seventies had two maximum.
Allison Pregler on Moon of the Night

Yes, In case you thought Anchorman was a parody of the seventies, now you know: There was in fact a time when guys could plausibly say in public, 'Let me take you to Loveland"... I also like that they introduce themselves with their Zodiac sign before they even tell you their name. I mean, I know there was a running cliche about the Leisure Suit Larrys of the world using 'What's your sign?' as a pick-up line, I—I just didn't know that was a real thing that actually happened.
Todd in the Shadows, "One Hit Wonderland" ("Float On")

    Western Animation 

Homer: (singing) Boy, the way The Bee Gees played...
Marge: (singing) Movies John Travolta made...
Homer: Guessing how much Elvis weighed...
Homer/Marge: (in unison) Those were the days.
Marge: And you knew where you were then...
Homer: Watching shows like Gentle Ben...
Homer/Marge: Mister, we could use a man like Sheriff Lobo again.
Homer: Disco Duck and Fleetwood Mac...
Marge: Coming out of my eight-track...
Homer: Michael Jackson still was black...
Homer/Marge: Those were the days.
The Simpsons, "Lisa's Sax", spoofing "Those Were the Days".

    Real Life 

I experimented with marijuana a time or two...I didn't inhale and never tried it again.

I said to my friend Gore, 'I think I slept through the Sixties,' and he said, 'You didn't miss a thing...but God knows what you are going to do with the Seventies.

I feel the same way about disco as I do about herpes.

I was doing nude scenes from the first moment I started doing movies. It was the era. I guess it’s even more so now. When I did Caligula it was ‘shock horror,’ ‘triple X,’ ‘only in porn cinemas’ – now Game of Thrones is on at 8 o’clock at night, there it is, it is exactly what I did in Caligula.

We live in a very special time right now. At no other time in history has there been such mass disillusionment in terms of reliance on governing functions. Most people don’t want to come to terms with that. It’s been proven over and over again that the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes, but most people don’t like to look at naked emperors.
Frank Zappa, Oui interview (1979)

In 1974, my junior year in high school, I was student council vice president and a member of the Honor Society. I was a cheerleader and had once again come in runner up in the Miss North Myrtle Beach pageant. That summerI'd also been in the Sun Fun pageant but hadn't won that one either. I lost interest in Cary and fell in love with Jimmy Riddle, smoked pot for the first time and made my dramatic debut in our class production of A Portrait of Jenny.
Vanna White