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Review: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS Must Be Seen To Be Believed  - Movies In Focus
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films is a documentary that charts the rise and fall of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus’ Cannon film company. Mark Hartley’s film digs deep, showing how the Israeli cousins started making films in their home country before arriving on US shores with dreams of taking on Hollywood. Their dubious taste meant that they never achieved their dreams but that didn’t stop them from making dozens of ridiculous exploitation films throughout the 1980s. Things came crashing down at the end of the decade when financial troubles saw the cousins going their separate ways. The title for Hartley’s documentary stems from the company’s now notorious 1984 film Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. Hartley’s film hits all the right marks, offering a tremendous overview of the company from a wide range of people who worked for and with the company in the ‘80s. Actors like Dolph Lundgren, Molly Ringwald, Alex Winter, Franco Nero, Olivia d’Abo, Robert Forster, Bo Derek, Elliott Gould and Richard Chamberlain join likes likes of Franco Zeffirelli, John G. Avildsen, Barbet Schroeder and Avi Lerner (whose Millennium Films upgraded the Cannon ethos). They offer mixed testimony about Cannon’s business practises but they all [...]