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

Director: Mark Hartley
Featuring: A. Martin Zweiback, Adolfo Quinones, Al Ruban, Alain Jakubowicz, Alan Roderick-Jones, Albert Pyun, Alex Winter, Allen DeBevoise, Andrew Stevens, Avi Lerner, Barbet Schroeder, Bo Derek, Boaz Davidson, Cassandra Peterson, Catherine Mary Stewart, Charles Matthau, Christopher C. Dewey, Christopher Pearce, Cynthia Hargrave, Daniel Loewenthal, Danny Dimbort, David Del Valle, David Engelbach, David Paulsen, David Womark, Diane Franklin, Dolph Lundgren, Edward R. Pressman, Elliott Gould, Franco Nero, Franco Zeffirelli, Frank Yablans, Gary Goddard, Gary Nelson, Gideon Porath, Greydon Clark, Harrison Ellenshaw, James Bruner, Jan Gan Boyd, Jerry Schatzberg, Jim Shooter, John A. Amicarella, John G. Avildsen, John Grover, John Platt, John Thompson, Just Jaeckin, Lance Hool, Laurene Landon, Lucinda Dickey, Luigi Cozzi, Malcolm J. Christopher, Marina Sirtis, Mark Goldblatt, Mark Helfrich, Mark Rosenthal, Martine Beswick, Melody Anderson, Michael Armstrong, Michael Chambers, Michael Dudikoff, Michael Hartman, Mimi Rogers, Molly Ringwald, Oliver Tobias, Olivia d’Abo, Pete Walker, Pieter Jan Brugge, Quentin Falk, Richard Chamberlain, Richard Edlund, Richard Kraft, Rick Nathanson, Robert Forster, Robert Gosnell, Robin Sherwood, Ron Purdie, Roni Ya’ackov, Roy Langsdon, Rusty Lemorande, Sam Firstenberg, Sharon Kahn, Sheldon Lettich, Sheldon Renan, Stephen Tolkin, Sybil Danning, Ted Newsom, Tobe Hooper, Todd Roberts, Tom Luddy, Vernon Messenger, William Sachs, William Stout, Wings Hauser, Yftach Katzur

Tagline: “Would you fuck that monkey?”

Covering the rise and fall of film outsiders Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus from their beginnings making films in Israel through to the bitter end when financial problems saw the end of their studio and the termination of their partnership, this documentary is a wild ride through many highlights and lowlights of their films and the people who worked on them.

It is not a secret that the company released a lot of films that were not regarded as high quality at the time, but the thing is that looking at them today they are still very entertaining and I cheered seeing some of them on the big screen.

Films as product may be the normal thing today, but back then it was seen as tacky to treat films this way and the subject of the films themselves where not treated as seriously back then. There are people these days who watch nothing but cult and action films non ironically and talk seriously about them (shout out to Cult of Muscle podcast), so many of these films now are getting bluray releases or being made available on video on demand for a new audience.

Many of the people who worked on the films did not have that good of a time, I felt sorry for the women who were exploited in particular. This is acknowledged and dealt with in a serious manner and it is good to see their viewpoint on the matter that is not sugar coated or looked back on with rose coloured glasses.

While many of the people interviewed are not huge stars these days, there are lots of fans of the cult movie genre who would appreciate hearing what they have to say and hearing new things about the production of these movies.

Mark Hartley said before the film that is was a tribute to his researcher Rosemary Long that they managed to find one interview subject still alive who everyone thought had died. They had to take a photo and show people so they would believe them. Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were approached to be interviewed for the documentary, but instead made their own documentary “The Go Go Boys” which beat this film to release by three months.

This documentary already has a lot of interest from other film fans and is sure to do well touring the festival circuit. I am looking forward to a DVD release and also revisiting some of the films featured in the documentary.

I had to skip out on the question and answer session after the film, but during the introduction Mark Hartley said this would be his last documentary due to now concentrating on making films himself.

Films featured in the documentary (more added as I remember):
Eskimo Limon (1979) [Lemon Popsicle]
Death Wish II (1982)
Death Wish 3 (1985)
Missing in Action (1984)
Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
Delta Force, The (1986)
Over the Top (1987)
Cyborg (1989)
American Ninja (1985)
Enter the Ninja (1981)
Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
Revenge of the Ninja (1983)
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987)
America 3000 (1986)
Exterminator 2 (1984)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1989)
King Solomon’s Mines (1985)
Apple, The (1980)
Breakin’ (1984)
Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)
Forbidden Dance, The (1990)
Going Bananas (1987)
Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood, The (1980)
Lambada (1990)
Last American Virgin, The (1982)
Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1984)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Invaders from Mars (1986)
Lifeforce (1985)
Masters of the Universe (1987)
King Lear (1987)
Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981)
Otello (1986)
Wicked Lady, The (1983)
Mata Hari (1985)
Runaway Train (1985)
Sahara (1983)
Bolero (1984)
Barfly (1987)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The (1986)
Hercules (1983)

Full list of Cannon films here:
http://www.cannonfilms.com/films2.html

Trailers:
Eskimo Limon (1979) [Lemon Popsicle]

Death Wish II (1982)

Death Wish 3 (1985)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agyuMM09yAE

Missing in Action (1984)

Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs3uBX6w2Pw

Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)

Delta Force, The (1986)

Over the Top (1987)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIfnta55lng

Cyborg (1989)

American Ninja (1985)

Enter the Ninja (1981)

Ninja III: The Domination (1984)

Revenge of the Ninja (1983)

Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987)

America 3000 (1986)

Exterminator 2 (1984)

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1989)

King Solomon’s Mines (1985)

Apple, The (1980)

Breakin’ (1984)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NydgCftgNEQ

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)

Forbidden Dance, The (1990)

Going Bananas (1987)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuLdOCiux8Q

Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood, The (1980)

Lambada (1990)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htQfA73uZZM

Last American Virgin, The (1982)

Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1984)

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

Invaders from Mars (1986)

Lifeforce (1985)

Masters of the Universe (1987)

King Lear (1987)

Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981)

Otello (1986)

Wicked Lady, The (1983)

Mata Hari (1985)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftKQph6isvs

Runaway Train (1985)

Sahara (1983)

Bolero (1984)

Barfly (1987)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMvQX5aqOm4

Love Streams (1984)

House of the Long Shadows (1983)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The (1986)

Hercules (1983)