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

R | | Documentary | 5 June 2015 (UK)
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The history of the independent film company, The Cannon Film Group, Inc..

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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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Amongst the films that Cannon had advertised during their Cannes Film Festival visit in 1985 were films that either were made eventually with different stars and directors or never made at all. Which include the following:

Investigation starring Al Pacino With Paul Schraeder directing, Duet For One starring Julie Andrews and Alan Bates (this was produced and released in 1986), La Brava starring Dustin Hoffman, Crack (An Untitled Project) starring John Travolta, Housekeeping starring Diane Keaton (which was later made by Columbia starring Christine Lahti in 1986), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace starring Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman (which was produced and released in 1987), Masters of the Universe starring Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella (which was produced and released in 1987), Over the Top starring Sylvester Stallone and directed by Menahem Golan (which was produced and released in 1987), Invaders From Mars directed by Tobe Hooper (which was produced and released in 1986), Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 starring Dennis Hopper and directed by Tobe Hooper (which was produced and released in 1986), Barfly starring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway and directed by Barbet Schroeder (which was produced and released in 1987), Spider-Man starring Scott Terra and Bob Hoskins or Michael Dudikoff directed by Joseph Zito, Gunga Din starring Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley, Pirates! starring Walter Matthau directed by Roman Polanski (which was produced and released in 1986), Number One With A Bullet starring Robert Carradine and Billy Dee Williams (which was produced and released in 1986), and I, Zorba starring Anthony Quinn 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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An uproarious, celebratory, melancholy romp...
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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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