Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Melbourne director Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood) continues his documentary disinterment of down-market movie detritus with this chronicle of the rise and fall of 1980s action-exploitation juggernaut Cannon Films - whose output included American Ninja, The Delta Force, Death Wish II and Masters of the Universe.

"All genre fans are familiar with the iconic hexagonal logo of Cannon Films. Revamped in the 1980s by film-obsessed Israeli expats Menahem Golan (who passed away last month, aged 85) and Yoram Globus as the premier production house for low-budget, high-return genre moviemaking, Cannon changed the way that populist films were financed, produced, and marketed. Yet even while the company made its cheerfully disreputable name churning out unabashed exploitation fare — from Breakin' and Lifeforce to the Chuck Norris vehicle Invasion U.S.A. and the belated sequels to Michael Winner's Death Wish and Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre — it also pursued art-house respectability by financing such projects as John Cassavetes's Love Streams, Jean-Luc Godard's King Lear, and Franco Zeffirelli's filmisation of Verdi's Otello." (Toronto Film Festival)

2014Rating: M107 minsAustralia, USA, Israel, UK
Documentary
Director:
Mark Hartley ('Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!', 'Patrick', 'Machete Maidens Unleashed!')
Cast:
Dolph LundgrenMolly RingwaldBo DerekMarina SirtisAlex WinterRobert ForsterRichard ChamberlainElliott GouldMimi RogersFranco NeroTobe HooperMichael Dudikoff

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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While bad movies make for great anecdotes, the doco’s cultural perspective is slight.

SBS

SBS

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A fun, albeit narrow, look at the ups and downs of two over-the-top moguls.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Eighties trash cultists will have a (Cannon) ball.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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While bad movies make for great anecdotes, the doco’s cultural perspective is slight.

SBS

SBS

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A fun, albeit narrow, look at the ups and downs of two over-the-top moguls.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Eighties trash cultists will have a (Cannon) ball.

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