Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

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7.41 h 46 min2014R
Director Mark Hartley takes us on a hilarious thrill ride through the masterworks of Yoram Globus and the late Menahem Golan.
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Mark Hartley
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Sam FirstenbergDavid PaulsenLuigi Cozzi
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English [CC]
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Menahem GolanAlain JakubowiczItzik KolMichael HartmanQuentin Falk
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Veronica FuryBrett Ratner
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Warner Bros
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Allen Garfield's #1 fan.Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2019
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It's too bad that Golan and Globus were so obnoxious and full of avarice. I wish Director Mark Hartley addressed that because of "The Boogie Boys" revolting personality traits, they never achieved Elder Statesman status that Roger Corman enjoys. Or even everyone's "dream uncle," the late Herschel Gordon Lewis. Yes, Golan/Globus' contributions to the film biz is immeasurable - for better and worse - their legacy is a sad punchline. But still pretty funny. Bittersweet, indeed.

Two great docs. Both essential viewing for film buffs. Tons of extras, including about three hours of trailers. Excellent value.
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D. StrubReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2019
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If you have any interest in movies from the 80’s — WATCH THIS VIDEO. Cannon was responsible for all of the 80’s schlock you can imagine. I came of age in the 80’s watching these movies. And you know the funny thing... I would put these movies up against ANY MOVIE from the last 10 years. Funny.... yes. Campy...yes. Horrible...yes. But each movie was fun in its own way. And this movie explains why!
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J. ShearonReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2015
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Fun trip through the wild world of Golan and Globus.
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Hilarious and fascinating story of the Cannon film company in the 80s, and the unique and somewhat bizzare men who ran it - Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. While Cannon made some truly terrible films, it was also at the forefront of the wild west/anything goes style of filmmaking that made some of the films of the period so much fun. If you enjoyed other studio insider documentaries like The Kid Stays In the Picture, this one will be a real treat.

Fair warning: There is a fair amount of explicit nudity in the clips shown from some of the films discussed that surprised me a little bit. Not for family viewing. Viewer discretion advised.
7 people found this helpful
MarcFusion Dot ComReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2019
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Cannon Will Live Forever! Great, Fun Documentary!
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I love this documentary, so many fun details about Cannon and those involved, as well as a generous tour of the movies the studio produced. This is like a checklist for outlandish 80s cinema, with plenty of inside stories from the actual people who were inside Cannon. Has a lot of information, but is so brisk and polished, a pleasure to watch. Visit my site for a full review!
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C&S LATOURReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2019
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This explains most of the really bad movies you've seen!
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Now we know how such weird nonsensical movies could be made. Some classic hilarious scenes in action movies of the 80's make more sense now that we know how the men who produced them were thinking. It is a very interesting documentary with a surprise ending!
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raytrix7Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2021
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JMDiabloReviewed in the United States on July 27, 2017
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Very entertaining and informative documentaries, a hoot to watch.
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Already owned these individually on DVD. When I saw them as a double feature on Blu-ray, I jumped to upgrade them. Both very entertaining and informative docs. Lot of great info on an era of filmmaking, where a lot of creativity and talent, was REALLY required.
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David M ShraugerReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2016
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This documentary almost made me die laughing and warmed me ...
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This documentary almost made me die laughing and warmed me with nostalgia for the crummy movies of my youth. The tidal wave of VHS nightmares generated by Canon films is impressive in its volume but also in the sheer audacity of its progenitors. The behind the scene interviews gives an ever more hilarious spin on the story as the documentary goes along and you find that you cannot help but root for this underdog no matter how many awful turkeys it puts out over the years. When it is over, don't be surprised if you find yourself wishing that these guys were still in business.
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