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The Apple (1980)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Music  |  21 November 1980 (USA)
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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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Vladek Sheybal ...
Ray Shell ...
Shake
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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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Clem Davies ...
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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Film debut of Finola Hughes'. She would soon go on to star in a more famous movie related to disco, Staying Alive (1983). 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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Alphie: It *was* an earthquake! I didn't dream it!
Mr. Boogalow: Of course you didn't. When I signed my first contract, I also felt the world was going to pieces.
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Where Has Love Gone?
Music by Coby Recht
Lyrics by Iris Recht & George S. Clinton (as George Clinton)
Performed by George Gilmour
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hey, hey, hey...BIM's on the way
31 May 2003 | by (Burbank, CA) – See all my reviews

In this age of putrid merchandised crap like Britney, boybands and AMERICAN IDOL, it's refreshing to see what America would have looked and sounded like in 1994 if a truly fabulous madman like Boogalow was in charge.

The look of this film is shiny and bright, it's loud and disturbing, it's sometimes hard to watch...but I'd also hard to look away. All the holographic triangles...the multi-colored hair...the "futuristic" baby strollers, drinking glasses, automobiles...this is the America that we were promised in 1980 and somehow we were sadly deprived of.

My favorite sequences are Bibi & Alphie's "rain" duet; Pandi's big "sex" number, Bibi & Pandi's "morning after" duet and of course, Mr. Topps' arrival...I just love how "god" basically tells Boogalow and the audience that the hippies were right...that peace, love and living in caves (without television) is the true road to salvation.

I like to describe this movie as LOGAN'S RUN meets HAIR, but it's more like everything good and bad about the 70s all in one big sloppy package. Speaking of packages, could George Gilmour's Alphie have any tighter pants?

I'll cast my vote for "Speed" as our new American anthem, screw "Gold Bless the USA"...

"Do the BIM!"


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