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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Firstenberg ... Himself
David Paulsen David Paulsen ... Himself
Luigi Cozzi ... Himself
Menahem Golan ... Himself (archive footage)
Alain Jakubowicz ... Himself
Itzik Kol Itzik Kol ... Himself
Michael Hartman Michael Hartman ... Himself
Quentin Falk Quentin Falk ... Himself
Boaz Davidson ... Himself
William Stout William Stout ... Himself
David Womark ... Himself
Sybil Danning ... Herself
Roni Ya'ackov Roni Ya'ackov ... Himself (as Rony Yakov)
Yftach Katzur ... Himself (as Yiftach Katzur)
Dan Wolman ... Himself
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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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Amongst those featured interviews in the film, many have gone on to form their own production company together in the early 1990's after the fall of Cannon Films. The company was Nu Image which would later become Millennium Films in the 2000's and eventually become apart of Lionsgate Films who have gone on to produce films such as The Expendables trilogy, starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and others, Rambo also starring Stallone, Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, and The Black Dahlia starring Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johansson among others. The former Cannon Group members that are apart of the company include Danny Dimbort, John Thompson, Boaz Davidson, Avi Lerner, and very briefly, Sam Firstenberg. 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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Hugely entertaining look at a time when B movies were so much fun
1 March 2015 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

I remember pretty clearly the Cannon Films logo and its distinctive loud crashing sound accompaniment that introduced so many films I watched on video in my teenage years in the 80's. I never really thought too much about it until now, having seen this wildly entertaining documentary about these B movie mavericks. A few years ago I saw another similarly fun documentary about specific genre films, Machete Maidens Unleashed, a film also helmed by the same director Mark Hartley. Well, he sure has a knack for these things because this one follows a pretty similar template where we get to hear anecdotes from a large selection of people who were involved in the making of these flicks and, better still, many clips from a wide ranging assortment of the crazy, fun and stupid movies that Cannon became famous for. They were run by two Israelis Menahem Golanand Yoram Globus (neither of whom appeared in the documentary deciding in true Cannon style to make their own documentary on the subject simultaneously).

Their main decade was the 80's where they unleashed a huge number of low budget movies from horror to sexploitation to action and dance movies plus a whole lot in between. They were mainly known to be purveyors of schlock entertainment and with good reason as, despite releasing some acclaimed films and working with some important directors such as John Cassavetes and Jean Luc Godard, they were in the main responsible for straight-ahead genre pictures. Their films have a refreshing absence of any political correctness whatsoever and often feature copious amounts of nudity and violence, quite often at the same time as in the case of some notorious films in their catalogue such as Death Wish II (1982). Other times they featured laughably bad special effects like can be seen in Hercules (1983), some were blatant bandwagon jumpers like the hip hop dance film Breakin' (1984), they also released the notoriously sexy Bo Derek vehicle Bolero (1984) which so outraged MGM who had set up a distribution deal with them, they released the very silly sequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), while some of their output simply defies description like the extremely strange and silly musical The Apple (1980). They made many Charles Bronson and Chuck Norris vehicles; they discovered Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren and gave a platform for cult directors like Tobe Hooper to make movies. Things only started to go wrong in 1987 when they began to over-reach themselves and spent multi-millions on three box office disasters - the Sylvester Stallone film Over the Top which was about….arm wrestling; the superhero movie Superman IV: The Quest for Peace which was very expensive for them but not expensive enough to execute good enough special effects resulting in a laughable film; and finally Masters of the Universe, a film based on the popular 80's toys. So there is a dramatic story arc to this, which helps it function as a narrative but in the main it works so well simply because it is chock-full of entertaining clips from an array of movies and has some funny observations from the people involved. For any B movie lover this really is a must. And what's more, you are guaranteed to be led to seek out a few new flicks off the back of it.


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