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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.

Director:

Menahem Golan

Writers:

Menahem Golan (screenplay), Kobi Recht (story) (as Coby Recht) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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The power of rock... The magic of space! See more »

Genres:

Music | Musical | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | West Germany

Language:

English | French | German | Italian

Release Date:

21 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Maçã See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Alphie's unnamed landlady didn't exist in the original screenplay by Kobi Recht and Iris Recht, she was added to the story by director Menahem Golan, who took an additional pass on the script after the Rechts' version was finished. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[singing]
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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Alternate Versions

In 2008, a booking mix-up led MGM to loan out an uninspected print of the film for a midnight showing that was marked "Screening Print." This version of the film included the missing "Child of Love" and wedding scenes (which are present on the soundtrack album and glimpsed in the trailer) as well as other deleted footage. This print has since been screened at several midnight movie showings. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Conquest (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Universal Melody
Music by Kobi Recht
Lyrics by Iris Recht & George S. Clinton (as George Clinton)
Performed by Mary Hylan & George Gilmour
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Always bad but never boring.
12 February 2003 | by FeverDogSee all my reviews

Here's a godawful "futuristic" musical from 1980 that takes place in 1994 (which gives you an idea of just how campy it is), about an evil record executive debauching a naive couple from (no kidding) Moose Jaw, Canada. There's some kind of religious allegory here and there throughout the murky plot, and the songs must be heard to be believed. (One is a basically unveiled ode to the orgasm, which makes me wonder how the movie got a PG rating.)

THE APPLE is CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC (the music-world milieu) meets ROCKY HORROR (innocent couple corrupted by bizarre characters), and it liberally "borrows" scenes from everything from BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS to HAIR. And, oh my, the costumes. I wouldn't know where to begin describing them, so all I'll say is that camel-toe was apparently stylish for both men and women at one time.

Which is all another way of saying that THE APPLE is the newest camp classic that I must add to my collection, and I thank Showtime Beyond for unearthing this craptastic pop masterpiece. (A widescreen DVD would be nice, though.)


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