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The Apple

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Overview

Unleashed just as the disco phenomenon had peaked and was slipping out of public favor, this one-of-a-kind pop musical is set in 1994, when a Mephistophelean entrepreneur named Mr. Boogalow Vladek Sheybal controls the international recording industry through the Worldvision Song Contest. Boogalow's wildly theatrical protégés, a decedent dance-pop group called Bim, seem a sure bet to walk off with the grand prize and worldwide fame, but at the last minute Alphie George Gilmour and Bibi Catherine Mary Stewart, a ...
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Overview

Unleashed just as the disco phenomenon had peaked and was slipping out of public favor, this one-of-a-kind pop musical is set in 1994, when a Mephistophelean entrepreneur named Mr. Boogalow Vladek Sheybal controls the international recording industry through the Worldvision Song Contest. Boogalow's wildly theatrical protégés, a decedent dance-pop group called Bim, seem a sure bet to walk off with the grand prize and worldwide fame, but at the last minute Alphie George Gilmour and Bibi Catherine Mary Stewart, a folk duo from Canada, nearly steal their thunder with their song "Love, the Universal Melody." While Boogalow rigs a victory for Bim, he sees moneymaking potential in Alphie and Bibi and offers to sign them to a contract. Alphie, suspicious of Boogalow, declines, but Bibi leaps at the chance, and is soon remodeled into a stylish pop star while heart-broken Alphie throws in his lot with a gang of hippies living in the park. Bibi comes to regard fame and wealth as hollow and empty, but discovers walking away from Boogalow is easier said than done. Featuring an inarguably remarkable finale, The Apple was shot primarily in Germany, despite being set in the United States; while George Clinton is credited with writing lyrics for several of the original tunes, be advised it's not the same George Clinton who led Parliament and Funkadelic in the 1970s and '80s.
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Editorial Reviews

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This 1980 attempt to cut in on the "midnight movie" market created by The Rocky Horror Picture Show has become a camp classic for all the wrong reasons. The Apple is fascinating because it takes a conceptual wrong turn at every angle: the 'futuristic' production design looks garish and cheap instead of sleek, the tone constantly veers back and forth between comedy and melodrama and the script is a mind-boggling muddle of religious overtones, heavy-handed "showbiz" satire and silly attempts at an anti-totalitarian message. The Apple's serious intentions are further crippled by weak performances: George Gilmour makes a stone-faced, emotionally inert hero and Catherine Mary Stewart is too bland a romantic lead to inspire any interest in the film's romantic subplot. The only actor who escapes unscathed is Vladek Sheybal, who applies a light comedic touch to the villainous Mr. Boogalow that escapes the rest of the cast. Despite these seemingly insurmountable flaws, The Apple remains surprisingly watchable if one has a taste for schlock: director Menahem Golan keeps up a speedy pace that delivers the film's bizarre melange of mismatched elements at a breezy clip and the outrageous musical score delivers an unintentionally funny but always catchy musical number every few minutes. The finished product seldom makes sense but delivers so much sheer oddness at such a high speed that it is virtually impossible to be bored by this film. As a result, The Apple will probably baffle most viewers but trash devotees will find it to be a 'schlock musical' classic worthy of Can't Stop The Music or Grease 2.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • UPC: 883904130499
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Catherine Stewart Bibi
George Gilmour Alphie
Joss Ackland Mr. Topps
Vladek Sheybal Boogalow
Grace Kennedy Pandi
Alan Love Dandi
Ray Shell Shake
George S. Clinton Joe
Michael Logan James
Leslie Meadows Ashley
Coby Recht Jean Louis
Iris Recht Domini
Derek Deadman Bulldog
Miriam Margolyes Landlady
Technical Credits
Menahem Golan Director, Producer, Screenwriter
George S. Clinton Songwriter
Yoram Globus Producer
David Gurfinkel Cinematographer
Alain Jakubowicz Editor
Hans Jurgen Kiebach Production Designer
Nigel Lythgoe Choreography
Coby Recht Score Composer, Original Story, Screenwriter
Iris Recht Score Composer, Songwriter, Original Story, Screenwriter
Ingrid Zore Costumes/Costume Designer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Hilariously bad!

    Everyone must see this movie as it fails on so many levels, yet is totally entertaining. Bad acting, editing, filming, plot, and so forth. Looks like it was made on a budget of $20 a day. The script attempts to have depth, but it really doesn't reach its goal. So cute.<BR/><BR/>Fun if you like things that are so bad, it's good.

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