The Apple (1980)

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  •  (4 out of 5 stars)

The Apple is 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.

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