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The Apple (1980)

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In 1994, a young couple enters the world of the music industry, and subsequently the world of drugs.


Menahem Golan


Menahem Golan (screenplay), Kobi Recht (story) (as Coby Recht) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Mary Stewart ... Bibi
George Gilmour ... Alphie
Grace Kennedy Grace Kennedy ... Pandi
Allan Love Allan Love ... Dandi (as Alan Love)
Joss Ackland ... Mr. Topps / Hippie Leader
Vladek Sheybal ... Boogalow
Ray Shell Ray Shell ... Shake
Miriam Margolyes ... Landlady
Derek Deadman Derek Deadman ... Bulldog
Michael Logan Michael Logan ... James Clark
George S. Clinton ... Joe Pittman
Francesca Poston ... 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 Leslie Meadows ... Ashley / Dancer
Günther Notthoff Günther Notthoff ... Fatdog (as Gunter Notthoff)
Clem Davies Clem Davies ... Clark James


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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A science fiction rock musical! See more »


Music | Musical | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

21 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Maçã See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Story writers Kobi Recht and Iris Recht, originally conceived "The "Apple" in 1977 as a 3-act Hebrew stage musical about God and the Devil, but their vision was deemed too elaborate and costly to execute on the stage. They showed the script to Menahem Golan, who convinced them to turn it into an English-language screenplay. The Rechts quickly determined that their initial vision wouldn't work as a film, so the original story and all 17 existing songs were scrapped. See more »


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 »


Mr. Boogalow: Reaching the top is such a long, hard climb/Millions of people stand and wait in line/Do you think I got there being patient and kind?/Yes, I know how to be a/Master!
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Glen or Glenda (2017) See more »


How to Be a Master
Music by Kobi Recht
Lyrics by Iris Recht & George S. Clinton (as George Clinton)
Performed by Vladek Sheybal, Ray Shell, 'All
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An experience - you need to see "The Apple"
10 November 2008 | by lcri-1See all my reviews

I've read terrible things about this movie. I rented it on the understanding it was the worst musical ever made, possibly the worst movie of the 80s. I'm a connoisseur of sorts of B-Movies. Uwe Boll? I'm there! Crappy old monster movie? Sure! But it took me a LONG time to finally get around to seeing this...

And you know what? It blew me away. Is it a bad movie? Hell yes. Are some of the songs ear-bleedingly terrible? Check. But still, it has an absurd charm, a ridiculous, unbelievable air. It left me breathless at the end, and I felt I'd just spent 90 minutes of my life very well.

This is the story of two simple Canadian musicians trying to make it in America. The biggest music corporation in America is Bim, run by a nefarious Mr. Boogalow. He is the most powerful agent/manager in the industry, filling the world with soulless pop and rock. He sets his eyes on the Canadian couple, Alfie and Bibi, and tries to get them to sign a contract. While Bibi is happy to, Alfie has a vision of Mr. Boogalow as the devil himself, the contract the apple from the Garden of Eden, and refuses. But with Bibi being pulled into the corrupt world of sex, drugs, and rock n' roll, and Alfie struggling to make it on his own as a love song writer in a world without love, how can they go on? Did I mention it's set in the far flung future of 1994 as envisioned in 1980? A lot of the songs are catchy - "Speed" was stuck in my head for a week after watching it, "Cry For Me" is a fine example of the long distance love duet, "Where Has Love Gone", while a bit whiny, sounds nice, and "I've Found Me" and "Child of Love" are just pretty. Plus the title song... I'm not going to forget that for a LONG time.

Of course, the opening number, "Bim's On the Way", is absolutely terrible. But I think that was a part of the message - look at the pop culture our world is worshiping. This isn't art! Also focusing too much on the message and sounding horrible because of it is "Life is Nothing but Show Business in 1994", sung by a mish-mash of performers waiting to meet Mr. Boogalow.

The rest of the songs are rather unremarkable... except for a catchy but horridly written song made entirely of innuendo, "Coming". But the less said about that, the better.

The acting is largely mediocre or below average, but it works with the cheesiness of the movie. Also, the movie has a VERY fast pace, cramming 14 songs into its 90 minutes.

Many of the dances, primarily "Bim's On the Way" (First and Reprise), "Life is Nothing but Show Business in 1994", "The Apple", and "Speed" are gloriously over-produced, with elaborate mass choreography, sprawling sets, and lots of rayon and spandex and inventive lighting.

Plus, it has the BEST LINE EVER. You'll know it when you hear it.

Overall, you NEED to see this film. Trust me, it's going to blow your mind, one way or the other.

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