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
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Catherine Mary Stewart learned the music and was working with a vocal coach who was confident she could perform the songs. However, the producers got cold feet, hired professional singer Mary Hylan to record the songs, and made Stewart lip-sync to Hylan's recordings. Decades later Stewart commented, "She was wonderful and I'm thrilled that I had her voice attached to my face, so it's all good in the end." Stewart later had the opportunity to do her own singing in Scenes from the Goldmine (1987). 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 »
In 2008, MGM loaned 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, including differently edited musical numbers, unfinished visual effects in the finale, and a longer scene of Alphie searching for Bibi during the party/orgy. This print was screened at several midnight movie showings over the next several years. It was hoped that Kino Lorber's Blu-Ray release of the film in 2016 would be able to include this footage, but the print was stolen in the intervening years, and has not been found as of 2020. See more »
I was stationed with the USAF in West Berlin when this was filmed. (There are W. Berlin landmarks in the film, even though it's supposed to be New York.) My husband was an aspiring actor and always showed up at auditions when something was being filmed. He got a part as a newspaper reporter and general all-round extra, and I got a part as an extra, too. In fact, many of the extras in this movie are service members stationed in Berlin (this was before the Wall fell, so there were Brit soldiers stationed there as well, thus explaining many of the Brit accents). We had an apartment, so some of the dancers came over to hang out and chat, to escape the hotel rooms, Finola Hughes being one of them, as well as Catherine Mary Stuart (my husband REALLY enjoyed escorting her around the base!). One of the dancers, named Dave, said the filming of the hell scene was just "magical." The costumes were pretty cheesey and poorly made; my husband probably still has the silver baseball cap he wore as a reporter and the silver epaulets... It was a lot of fun to be a part of and I'd love to have a copy of it (when I saw it on TV several years ago, I couldn't find myself in the crowd scenes!). It was great reading other comments about this movie -- I didn't think anyone else in the world knew about it!
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