Movies about heartland/rural 70's America

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  1. Dave Garrett

    Dave Garrett Forum Resident

    Houston, TX
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  2. zen archer

    zen archer Forum Resident

    Boston Ma.usa
    Rancho Deluxe from 1975 is a good one.

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  3. clhboa

    clhboa Forum Resident

    Just watched Vanishing Point last night for the 1st time. Cool flick. I wish I wouldn't have waited so long to see it. I've had the dvd laying around for at least 8 years now. Finally got to it.
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  4. notesfrom

    notesfrom Forum Resident

    NC USA
    The Rain People is a good place to start (1969).
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  5. Wayne Hubbard

    Wayne Hubbard Forum Resident

    Right on the edge of your timeline. Released in 1980. Comes out on Blu-ray this week.


    Some nice shots of the cars too. ;)
  6. Macon County Line
    Straw Dogs
    Junior Bonner

    John M.
  7. The Slug Man

    The Slug Man Forum Resident

    North Carolina
    if we're going the horror route...
    Carrie (1976)
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
  8. mr. steak

    mr. steak Forum Resident

    tempe az
    Slap Shot
    Mill town closing down. 70's heartland right there.
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  9. PonceDeLeroy

    PonceDeLeroy Forum Resident

    Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins
    The Last Detail
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  10. agentalbert

    agentalbert Forum Resident

    San Antonio, TX
    Two of my all time favorites.

    This one too.
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  11. stepeanut

    stepeanut Forum Resident

    Peckinpah’s film was shot in Cornwall, U.K., so doesn’t fit the OP’s criteria.

    The 2011 remake was moved to small-town Mississippi, but it’s not a contemporary 1970s film, so, again, not what the OP is looking for.
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  12. JFS3

    JFS3 Senior Member

    I believe you meant David Carradine.
  13. Boy did I mess up. Got Apes on my mind.;):confused:
    And Im a Peckinpah fanatic!! Sorry, John M.
  14. stepeanut

    stepeanut Forum Resident

    No worries. I’m a big fan of both, also :)
  15. Ignatius

    Ignatius Forum Resident

    You're right. I always get Carradines an Cassidys mixed up.
  16. Dok

    Dok Forum Resident

    A little off the beaten path and grade B but the feel for the early 70's is here. Kino Lorber were set to reissue on Bluray last year but pulled it.

    A review - The Legend of Hillbilly John
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  17. AintGotHalfOf

    AintGotHalfOf Forum Resident

    New York
    Hardcore (1979)
    Long Summer of George Adams, 1982 but real good tv movie set in Oklahoma
  18. seed_drill

    seed_drill Senior Member

    Tryon, NC, USA
    Well, The Bad News Bears was filmed in LA County, but it certainly doesn't have a big city feel. And what could be more American than Little League Baseball and drunks.
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  19. seed_drill

    seed_drill Senior Member

    Tryon, NC, USA
    I actually remember some interesting cars in Deep Throat, including an early fifties Chevy that had a lift kit under it. Pretty rare for 1972, I'd think.
  20. seed_drill

    seed_drill Senior Member

    Tryon, NC, USA
    Pink Flamingos. Though, this comes with a NSFE (Not Safe For Eyes) warning. For a less traumatizing John Waters experience, I'd recommend Polyester, though it was set in 1980 or '81.
  21. rich100

    rich100 Forum Resident

    Middle of England
    Not a film, and not filmed back then, but how about Fargo Season 2? To me it seems like it could be quite authentic would love to hear what those that knew that time and place think, in terms of the decor/cars/fashion etc...
  22. George Blair

    George Blair Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    Check out the short films of Les Blank. Shot mostly in the rural south, they are great snapshots of 70' life. There's a set of them on Criterion, and youtube has trailers.
  23. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

    Syracuse, NY USA
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    The Last Detail
    Prime Cut
    Stay Hungry
    Rolling Thunder
    The Getaway
    Electra Glide In Blue
    Mr. Majestyk
  24. Dave Garrett

    Dave Garrett Forum Resident

    Houston, TX
    I was 16 the first time I saw Pink Flamingos. I'm not sure that I've ever laughed harder at a movie since then.
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