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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

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The history of the independent film company, The Cannon Film Group, Inc..

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Mark Hartley

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Sam Firstenberg ... Self - Filmmaker
David Paulsen David Paulsen ... Self - Filmmaker
Luigi Cozzi ... Self - Filmmaker
Menahem Golan ... Self - Cannon Chairman (archive footage)
Alain Jakubowicz ... Self - Editor
Itzik Kol Itzik Kol ... Self - Production Executive (archive footage)
Michael Hartman Michael Hartman ... Self - Associate Producer
Quentin Falk Quentin Falk ... Self - Journalist, Screen International
Boaz Davidson ... Self - Filmmaker
William Stout William Stout ... Self - Production Designer
David Womark ... Self - Associate Producer
Sybil Danning ... Self - Actress
Roni Ya'ackov Roni Ya'ackov ... Self - Production Executive (as Rony Yakov)
Yftach Katzur ... Self - Actor (as Yiftach Katzur)
Dan Wolman ... Self - Filmmaker
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A documentary about Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus - two movie-obsessed cousins whose passion for cinema changed the way movies were made and marketed - and the tale of how this passion ultimately led to the demise of the company they built together. Written by Anonymous

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At Cannon Films, 52 movies a year just wasn't enough...


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Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, violence including rape, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Michael Dudikoff also participated in The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (2014), a Cannon Films documentary which actually featured Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. See more »

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Dolph Lundgren: [Referring to the 1987 Cannon film "Masters of the Universe" in which he portrayed He-Man] I felt a little stupid doing it.
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Features Invaders from Mars (1986) See more »

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Shake It Up
Written by Ric Ocasek
Performed by The Cars
Lido Music Inc.
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An uproarious, celebratory, melancholy romp...
2 August 2014 | by cafmSee all my reviews

Mark Hartley, the man behind the wildly entertaining documentaries about B-grade films and filmmakers, Not Quite Hollywood (2008) and Machete Maidens Unleashed (2010), premiered his latest and, sadly, last documentary - Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films - in the opening weekend of the 2014 Melbourne International Festival (MIFF).

As with Hartley's previous documentaries, the story at the heart of Electric Boogaloo (its name taken from the film, "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo", the strange sequel to the hit 1984 rap dancing film, "Breakin'") cleverly unfolds through the skillful editing together of myriad eyewitness talking heads and interspersing these with clips from relevant films along with some wonderfully tongue-in-cheek animations. Essentially, Hartley's latest film explores the story behind Cannon films from its inception to its ultimate demise, following the weird and wild careers of crazy Israeli cinephiles-cum-directors-cum-producers-cum-Hollywood B-grade movie moguls, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. Theirs is an extraordinary rags-to-riches- rags story and one well worth seeing for yourself. Hartley has a rare gift for storytelling in his documentaries, bringing together a complex panoply of opinions, rants, scathing criticism and fond remembrances, and weaving these all together into a taut, laugh-out-loud, highly entertaining film, and Electric Boogaloo is no exception, as demonstrated by the very enthusiastic reception the film received from the audience at MIFF.

For film lovers and those who grew up with the Golan/Globus catalog in the 1980s with films like Missing in Action, Lifeforce, Treasure of the Four Crowns, American Ninja, Break Dance, Death Wish 2 and its sequels, Masters of the Universe, The Last American Virgin, Cyborg, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace ... the list goes on, and on, and on ... this film is pure joy and something of a nostalgia trip. In this regard the film does have a sad side as it follows how the dreams of Golan and Globus would eventually fizzle up in bankruptcy and acrimony, leaving behind a library of impossibly bizarre creations that are truly weird and wonderful. Electric Boogaloo will no doubt prompt you to want to revisit many of these titles or discover others for the first time. I suspect that, being a true lover of B movies, this is ultimately one of Hartley's aims.


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