It Came From the '70s: From the Godfather to Apocalypse Now {review}

Title: It Came From the '70s: From the Godfather to Apocalypse Now
Author: Connie Corcoran Wilson
Publisher: The Merry Blacksmith Press
Publication Date: December 14, 2010
paperback, 256 pages
ISBN: 1-45379-102-7 (978-1-45379-102-8)
available @ Amazon

"It Came from the '70s: From The Godfather to Apocalypse Now": 50 reviews published in the Quad City Times between 1970-1979, with information on the making of such classic films as "Apocalypse Now," "Alien," "The Godfather" (I & II), "Dog Day Afternoon," "Marathon Man," "Chinatown," with 76 photos, major cast and trivia.The original reviews capture the zeitgest of the decade; the new material is engrossing, informative, and entertaining. This book is not only a good read, but a fine reference tool. Mick Garris (American Filmmaker/Screenwriter/Director) summed it up this way: "This book is a wonderful and inclusive chronicle of the 1970's." Forty plus years of archives, assembled for movie-lovers everywhere by the Yahoo film critic whose "The Best Movies of the Decade 2000-2010" ranks #1 on Google with over 35,000 "hits."

The 70’s. What can I say about the 70’s when it comes to the movies? In my opinion there has never been a more grand time in the movies. I was born in 1968, so my memories from 70’s movies are mostly late 70’s and consist of the big blockbuster movies that would appeal to kids like Star Wars and Superman.  As I have matured so has my appreciation of the cinematic brilliance of this decade, although Star Wars is still one of my favorites of all time. I find myself stopping as I flip through the channels whenever I see it on, quoting the dialog as I watch until an hour and a half later I think, “What am I doing? I have this on DVD.”  As time goes on, it becomes more apparent to me how wonderful the 70’s were in the film industry. Movies such as Chinatown, Apocalypse Now, Rocky and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest have entrenched themselves on my best of lists. So when I was asked to review It Came From the 70’s, I was thrilled. This is a fantastic collection of movie reviews written by Connie Corcoran Wilson from her time with the Quad City Times. I love that she gives a true slice of the era by providing not only the rave reviews but also some that were not so stellar. I am a trivia nut, so the trivia questions at the end of the reviews were a welcome addition.  They were genuinely challenging and insightful.  The author also includes a few non-film reviews articles that are very well written, including her best and worst for each year 1976-1979. If you are a fan of 70’s movies or know someone who is, this is a definite must have for the library. I found it to be a fun trip down memory lane that also brought something new to the spotlight. It has now become my mission to see every movie represented in this collection (even those that did not receive the best review).

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*A copy of this book was received in exchange for a review. This is no way influenced my opinion of the book.


  1. It really does sound like a must have for film buffs, especially who love the movies of the 70's. I've seen the majority of the films reviewed in the book but I want to see the ones I missed.


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