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The Daring Decade

The Exciting, Influential, and Bodaciously Fun American Movies of the 1970s

Volume One, 1970-1974




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150 essays for the following movies,
listed in chronological order:



The Molly Maguires


Start the Revolution Without Me

Zabriskie Point


The Ballad of Cable Hogue

Bloody Mama


A Man Called Horse

Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Two Mules for Sister Sara

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Kelly’s Heroes


Where’s Poppa?


Diary of a Mad Housewife

Five Easy Pieces

Tora! Tora! Tora!

C.C. & Company

Little Fauss and Big Halsy

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

Dirty Dingus Magee

Gimme Shelter


Brewster McCloud

The Aristocats

Little Big Man

Love Story



Vanishing Point

The Andromeda Strain

The Barefoot Executive

Summer of ’42

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song


Plaza Suite

Escape from the Planet of the Apes

Support Your Local Gunfighter



Le Mans

McCabe & Mrs. Miller


The Hellstrom Chronicle

Carnal Knowledge

The Million Dollar Duck

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

On Any Sunday

Bless the Beasts & Children

The Omega Man

The Last Picture Show

The French Connection

Play Misty for Me

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Diamonds Are Forever

A Clockwork Orange

Harold and Maude

Dirty Harry

Straw Dogs



The Cowboys


What’s Up, Doc?

Silent Running

The Godfather


Play It Again, Sam


Boxcar Bertha

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes


Napoleon and Samantha

Butterflies Are Free

Now You See Him, Now You Don't

Fat City


Super Fly

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *

The Last House on the Left


Lady Sings the Blues

The Unholy Rollers


Jeremiah Johnson


Man of La Mancha

The Poseidon Adventure

The Heartbreak Kid

The Getaway

Up the Sandbox



Black Caesar

Save the Tiger

The Long Goodbye

Lost Horizon

Paper Moon


The Day of the Jackal

Don’t Look in the Basement

Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

Emperor of the North



Live and Let Die

American Graffiti


Mean Streets


The Paper Chase

The Way We Were

Charley Varrick

Robin Hood

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The Three Musketeers

The Last Detail



The Day of the Dolphin

The Sting

The Exorcist



Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones

Blazing Saddles

Thieves Like Us

The Great Gatsby

The Sugarland Express

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

The Conversation

The Groove Tube


That’s Entertainment!

Herbie Rides Again

Uptown Saturday Night

The Parallax View


Death Wish

Bank Shot

Macon County Line

Harry and Tonto

The Longest Yard

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Airport 1975

Phantom of the Paradise


Murder on the Orient Express

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

The Godfather: Part II

Young Frankenstein

The Towering Inferno

The Man with the Golden Gun

Black Christmas

The next encycoolpedia
by Chris Strodder,
coming November 2019,
published by Pulp Hero Press!

An informative, meticulously researched,
opinionated, fun and illustrated
book about the far-out films of the 1970s!

Written by an accomplished author who was really there,
seeing these films in theaters back in the day
and studying them ever since.

The Force is strong with this one:
300 pages of thoughtful analysis, not simple plot summaries
and cast lists. Real insight, not recycled Internet trivia.

100 movie still and posters.
150 essays that discuss all the films shown at right.

 In addition to those,
even more 1970-1974 movies
are discussed, including these:

Battle for the Planet of the Apes
The Beguiled
The Boatniks
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
California Split
The Candidate
Charlotte's Web
The Cheyenne Social Club
Daisy Miller
Don't Open the Door
Enter the Dragon
Foxy Brown
The Four Musketeers
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
The Front Page
'Gator Bait The Great White Hope
Group Marriage
Harry in Your Pocket
Hearts and Minds
High Plains Drifter
The Hot Rock
Huckleberry Finn
Island at the Top of the World
Joe Kidd
Junior Bonner
The Landlord
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
Magnum Force
Minnie and Moskowitz
Ned Kelly
The Owl and the Pussycat
The Panic in Needle Park
The Savage Is Loose
The Seven-Ups
Shaft's Big Score!
Shaft in Africa
Skin Game
Snowball Express
Soylent Green
Super Fly T.N.T.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
THX 1138
Truck Stop Women
Two-Lane Blacktop
The War Between Men and Women
A Woman Under the Influence
The Yakuza


What's more, creative lists explore further topics for each movie.
Lists like:

The decade's best movie explosions
The decade's best car chases

Non-musical actors who sang in '70s movies
Comedians, rock stars and fashion models who acted
The actual ages of actors playing those teenagers
MAD magazine's parodies of '70s movies
James Bond's '70s vehicles
Most surprising endings
Best movie quotes
May-December movie relationships
'70s movies made into TV shows
Directors' cameos in their own movies
Famous stars who debuted in '70s movies
Plus many, many, oh-so-many more

 Furthermore, there are 1970s facts at the start of each section,
 a helpful appendix, and a HUGE index.



Other works by Chris Strodder


Nonfiction for Santa Monica Press:

The Disneyland Encyclopedia 

(ahem ... named one of the year's "Best Reference Books" by the national Library Journal, they oughta know, right?)

The Disneyland Books of Lists
The Encyclopedia of Sixties Cool

Nonfiction for Cedco Publishing:

Swingin' Chicks of the '60s

(this respectful celebration of stylish women is the one that got us on Entertainment Tonight and into USA Today, Playboy, Los Angeles magazine, even eight pages in the National Enquirer?!)


Fiction for Red Hen Press

  Stories Light and Dark (short story collection)

  The Wish Book (young-adult novel)
  Lockerboy (young-adult novel)
  A Sky for Henry (for children)


Questions? Effusive praise? Polite comments?
Suggestions? Even more effusive praise?
Please email Chris


One more thing ...


The Daring Decade: Volume Two, 1975-1979
will be published in 2020.



See you then,
and thanks again!

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