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Apple Pie (1976)

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A gangster relates the story of how he started his life of crime, beginning when as a child he faked his own kidnapping in order to get money from his parents for the "ransom". However, it ... See full summary »

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Tony Azito ... Jacques (the Ace) Blinbaum
Calvert DeForest ... Entourage
Joseph Friscia ... Entourage
Perry Gewirtz ... Entourage
Gordito ... Entourage
Matthew Reich ... Entourage
Brin Stevens ... Entourage
Joan Wood ... Entourage
Billy Brennan ... Krossword King
Geula Yeffet ... The Voice
Lou Miranda ... Guest in Lobby
Michael Merlin ... Guest in Lobby
Ruth Kaplan ... Mama
... Papa
Patrick Sullivan ... Mr. Rainbow
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A gangster relates the story of how he started his life of crime, beginning when as a child he faked his own kidnapping in order to get money from his parents for the "ransom". However, it turns out that the "gangster" may not be exactly what he seems. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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This Apple Pie was written, directed, and home-baked by Howard Goldberg. See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Music by Walter Donaldson
Sung by Tony Azito
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When independent films were really independent
18 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

I recently found a VHS copy of Apple Pie on the net and re-watched it. What a treat. I hadn't seen this film in over 20 years! I first saw it at the Deauville Film Festival in France the same year I saw Nashville and Love and Death there. It was a big hit and got a standing ovation the night I saw it.

The film is a kind of hodge-podge of ideas. It stars Tony Azito (who was a big deal in NY on Broadway and Off-Broadway. He died of AIDS a few years ago). It starts out with him as some sort of gangster who then tells the story (in flashback) of how, when he was a kid, he kidnapped himself and got a ransom from his parents. Then he becomes some kind of nighttime costumed prowler and then he winds up leading a huge dance sequence in the streets of New York (pre-Flashdance) to the music of Darryl Hall and John Oates! It all sounds kind of weird in the re-telling, but once you get the hang of it, it all makes sense. The whole film is a lie made up by the main character (Tony Azito), as a kind of manifestation of his own weirdness. Once you get that none of it is to be taken literally you start to understand it as some kind of fractured New York fairy tale.

This is what independent filmmaking was once all about.


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