The Apple (1980)

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The Apple is undoubtedly a cult classic that decades later may still be ahead of its time and hasn't really found a large audience. Director Menahem Golan (of Cannon Films fame) shot the film in West Berlin for $10 million and all the money is on display from the insane costumes to the kinetic choreography to the hundreds of movie extras employed. The basic plot is of a couple of musicians named Alphie & Bibi who are tempted into the world of sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll in the futuristic year of 1994. The corporation BIM (Boogalow International Music) and its leader Mr. Boogalow control society through their pulse pounding music which everyone is forced to dance to for an hour a day. The movie continues to be jaw dropping through numerous cocaine-fueled dance numbers and drug-induced musical fantasies, the best of which is a song about America's pill popping obsession called "Speed". Eventually Alphie & Bibi escape the music business to find a group of hippies for a rapturous ending. George Gilmour & Catherine Mary Stewart star as Alphie & Bibi, Allan Love & Grace Kennedy star as their rock 'n roll seducers Dandi & Pandi, and Vladek Sheybal stars as Mr. Boogalow. The musical numbers aren't hit songs, but for the visual energy alone The Apple demands to be seen.

The Apple (also called Star Rock) is a 1980 science fiction musical comedy film written and directed by Menahem Golan. It stars Catherine Mary Stewart as a young singer named Bibi, who, in a futuristic 1994, signs to an evil label named Boogalow International Music. It deals with themes of conformity versus rebellion, and makes use of Biblical allegory including the tale of Adam and Eve.

Principal photography took place in late 1979 in West Berlin. The film was universally panned by critics and audiences alike, and in some circles, has been considered to be one of the worst films ever made.

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