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The Apple (1980)

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Musical set in the 'future', e.g. 1994. A young couple enters the world of the music industry, but also the world of drugs.

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Ray Shell ...
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Derek Deadman ...
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Michael Logan ...
James Clark
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Joe Pittman
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Vampire / Star Rock / Mr. Boogalow's Receptionist / Keyboard Player in 'BIM' Band / One of Ashley's 'Lap-mates' at Mr. Boogalow's Penthouse Party
Leslie Meadows ...
Ashley / Dancer
Günther Notthoff ...
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Clark James
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Alphie and Bibi, two sweet, naive youths from Moose Jaw, Canada, have come to America to compete in the 1994 Worldvision Song Festival. Although the pair have talent, they are beaten out by the underhanded tactics of the festival favorites, another duo with the backing of BIM: Boogalow International Music, and its leader, Mr. Boogalow. Though crestfallen by their loss, Bibi and Alphie are soon delighted to hear that Mr. Boogalow has taken an interest in their music and wants to sign them to his label. All is looking up for the two until they begin to discover the dark underside of the rock and roll world. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Mr. Boogalow sings the line, 'The world is nothing but a big Casino Royale.' Vladek Sheybal, who plays Mr. Boogalow, actually appeared in the film Casino Royale (1967) as Le Chiffre's Auctioneer. Sheybal also appeared in another James Bond movie, From Russia with Love (1963). See more »

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Under the opening titles, there is a shot of a bank of flags that prominently includes one for the "ICC Berlin" (the actual filming location), not a likely location for the Worldvision 1994 if it takes place in the United States. See more »

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Mr. Boogalow: Don't tell me you're going to start all over again?
Mr. Topps: Yes. But this time, without you.
Mr. Boogalow: Without me? But, my dear Topps, you know that isn't possible. The world simply cannot exist without me.
Mr. Topps: Let's give it a try.
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Child of Love
Music by Coby Recht
Lyrics by Iris Recht & George S. Clinton (as George Clinton)
Performed by Joss Ackland
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Something this bizarre cannot be dismissed so easily.
14 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Vapid (largely due to the male lead's inability to act - not surprisingly, this was his only film), bizarre fantasy-musical-allegory. It gets points for its sheer audacity and the effort that was put into it - it was probably made on a relatively low budget, yet it manages to create a world of its own; apparently it was filmed in Germany, but it seems to be taking place on another universe altogether. For some reason, it reminded me of "Zardoz" (yes, and "Logan's Run" too): these movies are so bizarre that they belong in a league of their own, beyond "good" and "bad". Best song: "If you know how to be a ma-ster". (**)


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