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The Apple (1980)

Catherine Mary Stewart , George Gilmour , Menahem Golan  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Catherine Mary Stewart, George Gilmour, Grace Kennedy, Allan Love, Joss Ackland
  • Directors: Menahem Golan
  • Writers: Menahem Golan, Coby Recht, Iris Recht
  • Producers: Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00026L7P4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,471 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Apple" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Take a trip back to a time when rock ruled the world, with this mind-blowing, magical musical that's "a camp lover's delight" (American Cinematheque)! Deliciously decadent and exploding with glitter and glam, The Apple is a psychedelic sci-fi feast for the senses! When folk singers Alphie and Bibi enter the World Vision song contest, their wholesome appeal catches the evil eye of music mogul Mr. Boogalow, a Faustian fiend who promises the pair fame and fortune. Seduced byBoogalow's devilish denizens, Bibi surrenders her soul and soon becomes a superstar and a pawn in Boogalow's plot to take over the planet with the power of pop music! Now, Alphie must free Bibi from Boogalow and save the world from rock-and-roll ruin!

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Money well spent. July 27, 2004
By BIM fan
Since a handful of well-attended screenings have popped up in L.A., Boston, Austin, Seattle and San Francisco in the past two years, this movie has been coveted by all who enjoy a good bad movie. So coveted that bootlegs of questionable quality have been gobbled up on eBay. But now it's here, a bright, shiny print on DVD! This movie can't be missed. Its horrible acting, flimsy plot, unrelentingly bad music and lyrics, cheeseball costumes and, best of all, its earnestness, put it at the top of my list of camp demanding repeat viewings. It's also camp deserving of a wider audience. If you can't laugh at a man walking around in an Amazing Stories robe and silver G-string while antagonizing a wide-eyed music industry protege, what can you laugh at? If you can't appreciate a full-scale underworld scene (with music reminiscent of the worst of "Rocky Horror") in which one guy is wearing a mask with an extra face on it, what's wrong with you? These are just some of the subtle qualities that make this movie so great. Others: An evil overlord/music executive whose offices appear to be in the Kansas City airport. A guy with perpetual cameltoe. A cross between jazz hands and spirit fingers that passes for choreography. A surgical team interrupted by a mandatory exercise period in which the patient even gets a workout. A baffling scene in which a hippie commune gets sucked into the heavens by a white tux-clad guy named Mr. Topps. It's just jaw-droppingly awful ... but a lot of fun.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER BAD MOVIE ALERT! You must appreciate dreck! May 18, 2004
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Oh, where does one begin? "The Apple" is just one of the best cinematic experiences I have had in my life. I saw a midnight showing of it in March of 2004 at a theater in NYC, and the entire place was shrieking and howling in miserable delight. If you revel in amazingly bad movies (and this one's a musical from 1980, so you know it's really gonna stink), this is for you. Do not pass up the chance to own this piece of crap. I'm completely serious. The shimmer of the costumes, the awful acting, the terrible music, the tight little thongs everyone is wearing and oh yes--it's set in the awfully distant future of 1994. And praise that big juju apple--we are lucky enough to get it in widescreen format. See it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i was in the movie March 14, 2005
By C. Lown
I have been trying to get hold of a copy for years,I was one of the dancers,and it was a really funny experience to make ,and we all could not stop laughing at the rushes.It was an isreali film crew, british cast and filmed in Berlin, I cannot wait to see it again and do the 'bim'.I always thought it would be a cult movie someday.......
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, hey, hey! BIM's the only way! July 12, 2005
In the short span of 6 months, I have become completely obsessed with The Apple. It's so bad, it's genious! I LOVE almost every song, so much so that I got a copy of the soundtrack off eBay and also downloaded the tracks onto a cd. I have even gotten others into this movie, including one of my co-workers, who is now working on an offical Apple fansite! I cant'explain my obsession with this fascinatingly awful movie. It's THE most entertaining movie I have ever seen! The songs, the acting, the costumes, the finale! Wow! What were they on? I only hope that they screen this movie here in Ottawa again someday. I would love to see it on the big screen! This is truly THE cult movie to end all cult movies!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The lie that all apples are healthful and beneficial to the human body is ultimately exposed in this nightmare. No apple has done more to harm mankind since Adam and Eve.

B! (I. M.!)
B! (I. M.!)

It is with these opening words...errr...letters, that we are introduced to to the B.I.M. An evil American music corporation. As we watch these glitter-covered fools in space-suits dancing and singing this musical monstrosity, the scene cuts to Mr. Boogalew, CEO of the corp. as well as his flaming underling, Shake. We are also introduced to the concept that we are watching an 'American Idol' show where the audience votes for the winner, by a reading of their vital signs.

When the songs over, (thank God!) we learn that this takes place in the future! 1994 to be specific. The next song happens to be performed by our heroes, Alphie and Bebe, singing the saccharine song, "Love: the universal melody." It will make you puke.

"We belong to one another/we share each other's destiny./United by our love, we're all children of/the universal family./And we are everybody's brother/we share the birthright to be free./And deep within our heart/there beats the song of the ages/Love: the universal melody!

"Do the BIM!" some moronic make-up wearing teen shouts. I can't imagine the complete lack of intellect a person must possess in order to request the song you just heard performed by a completely different group that has already left the stage. The only thing that got me through this song was the thought of bending BeBe over the hood of my Jeep. As a matter of fact, this was all that got me through this whole movie, as you will find should you read on.

Now we're at a BIM celebration party.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take A Bite...You Won't Regret It! March 6, 2005
I purchased this DVD without having seen it, nor really knowing what it was about. Night of the Comet (somebody, PLEASE put that out on DVD, too, PLEASE!) is one of my all-time favorite silly movies. The best thing about NOTC is Catherine Mary Stewart who also plays the lead in The Apple. Having seen her sing in Scenes From The Goldmine, I wasn't so surprised that The Apple turned out to be a musical.....what suprises is the genre being blown away. The Apple is a combination of Rocky Horror, Xanadu, Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and several other movies that came after it. Fans of campy movies, campy musicals or just plain bizzare stories should check this out. The highlights are the numbers including The Apple and I'm Coming For You, with the latter looking like something that was too racy for Barbarella. I don't know why it took 25 years for this amazing film to be reissued for home viewing, but snatch it up while it's available!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
well, I love this movie!!!, the DVD is great, but never release in CD, why???, is a fantastic soundtrack and fabulous rock's songs!!!
Published 2 months ago by Fabian Gustavo Diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
the apple is one of best movies that i have ever seen. it has the best sound picture of any movie.
Published 5 months ago by ted
5.0 out of 5 stars The Apple
I loved this movie, it's a classic that will never lose it's entertainment value. Songs, costumes, choreography are all excellent, and the storyline keeps your interest with a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by TwoGunDan
3.0 out of 5 stars A one time watch
My husband looked for this movie for years. He, apparently, had seen part of it on TV. We watched it, but I was not overly impressed.
Published 13 months ago by Christine Matson
4.0 out of 5 stars I wonder if Ian and Sylvia saw this movie....
...because those two folkies Bibi and Alfie seemed to have been based on them. Wonderfully bad but happily satirical movie with a very sound premise... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Avera Tea
5.0 out of 5 stars The apple
The movie I don't understand personally but my husband loves it. The music in the movie is wonderful and would like to get that cd personally for myself. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Cindy Wegmann
5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot even begin to try to sum up this film
It is a terrible piece of cinema, but a wonderfully terrible piece of cinema. It's loud, catchy, strange and totally unashamed. Read more
Published 21 months ago by AetherBunny
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie discovery in years.
I saw this at a midnight screening in LA and it was the first midnight screening to keep my full attention all the way through. In fact, I had to see it at midnight in LA again! Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. Paredes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Apple
I first saw The Apple over 30 years ago. I can't remember back then how many times I'd watched it, but seeing it again after so many years was like watching it for the first time. Read more
Published on August 24, 2012 by SMays
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
Back in '79 I was visiting West-Berlin and I remember seeing the crew hanging out at the Europa Center. Read more
Published on July 19, 2012 by brooklyn_branch
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