Monday, November 18, 2013

The Apple



1980 American Feature
Alternate Title: Star Rock

Cast: Catherine Mary Stewart, Alan Love, Grace Kennedy, George Gilmour, Joss Ackland, Vladek Sheybal, Ray Shell, Miriam Margolyes and Derek Deadman
Director: Menahem Golan
Writers: Menahem Golan, Coby Recht and Iris Recht
Songs : Coby Recht, Iris Recht and George S. Clinton

Synopsis:
Set in the future of 1994, fresh-faced and naïve Canadian pop duo Alphie and Bibi get their big break courtesy of the scheming record industry titan Mr. Boogalow, but they soon discover the dark underside of the rock and roll world.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 4.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 17% / Audience: 53%

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Originally conceived as a Hebrew stage musical, Israeli composers Coby and Iris Recht were convinced by director Menahem Golan to turn it into a film. Songwriter George S. Clinton was brought in to help with the English lyrics. All three composers also have roles in the film.
  • The title The Apple refers to the film's Biblical allegory of the story of Adam and Eve, here called Alphie and Bibi.
  • Film debut of actress Finola Hughes.
  • Director Menahem Golan has said that when The Apple was booed at during its screening at the 1980 Montreal Film Festival, he left the theater, went to his hotel and was preparing to commit suicide by jumping off the balcony when his business partner barged in and stopped him.
  • Reportedly during its premiere at the Paramount Theater in Hollywood, audiences threw their free souvenir soundtrack albums at the screen, causing extensive damage.
  • Critically panned and a box office bomb during its extremely limited American release in 1980, The Apple developed a small cult following in later years.

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