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Electric Boogaloo: the Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Electric Boogaloo: the Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Mark Hartley (2014)

101min
18 Certificate
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Fans of bargain-basement cinema will find much to enjoy in this affectionate documentary about Cannon Films, the infamous production company best known for churning out schlocky, tasteless, low-budget motion pictures during the 1980s. Run by impulsive movie moguls Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, Cannon was responsible for such titles as Over the Top, American Ninja and King Solomon's Mines, not to mention the poorly received Death Wish sequels and a number of Chuck Norris vehicles. Charting the company's rise and fall, Electric Boogaloo combines clips from these films (as well as many others) with anecdotal testimonies from various individuals, including Elliott Gould, Dolph Lundgren and Franco Zeffirelli. The film repeats the same point over and over - Golan and Globus were prolific salesmen with little regard for quality - but it works well on that level and the stories are fun. A must-see for cinephiles.

Summary

Documentary charting the history of the independent film company run by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus that specialised in low-budget movies during the 1980s, ranging from Chuck Norris and Charles Bronson action hits to arthouse fare by Jean-Luc Godard and John Cassavetes arthouse fare. Featuring contributions by Bo Derek, Elliott Gould, Dolph Lundgren and Franco Zeffirelli.

Cast & Crew

Director Mark Hartley

Other Information

Language: English Colour and Black and White Theatrical distributor: Metrodome Guidance: Violence, sex scenes, nudity. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 5 Jun 2015

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