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Electric Boogaloo: the Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

  • Drama
  • Documentary and factual
  • 2014
  • Mark Hartley
  • 101 mins
  • 18

Summary

Documentary charting the rise and fall of Cannon Films, the independent film company that gained its reputation from low-budget fare like the Death Wish sequels and Chuck Norris action flicks.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Menahem GolanMenahem Golan
Yoram GlobusYoram Globus
Charles BronsonCharles Bronson
Elliott GouldElliott Gould
Bo DerekBo Derek
Chuck NorrisChuck Norris
Franco ZeffirelliFranco Zeffirelli
John FrankenheimerJohn Frankenheimer

Crew

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DirectorMark Hartley

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metrodome
Released on
2015-06-05
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, sex scenes, nudity.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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