|"Hey! Hey! Hey! Bim's on the way."|
|Riffers||Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett|
|Date Released||April 16, 2013|
The Apple (a.k.a. Star Rock) is a 1979 musical science fiction film starring Catherine Mary Stewart and directed by Menahem Golan. It is a discoesque rock opera-styled feature, set in a futuristic 1994, dealing with themes of conformity versus rebellion and infused with Biblical allegories (namely the tale of Adam and Eve). The film was a low budget attempt by the young Cannon studio to capitalize on the success of music-oriented films like Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Set in America but filmed in Germany, it was released in West Germany as Star Rock in 1979. The film was critically panned and a box office bomb when given an extremely limited U.S. release in the fall of 1980 under its current title. It may have underperformed in theaters because of the waning popularity of disco music and its rather campy plotline. However, in later years the film has gone on to enjoy a small cult following.
Synopsis and PreviewEdit[Spoilers Begin]
Alphie (George Gilmour) and Bibi (Catherine Mary Stewart), two youths from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in Canada, travel to America to take part in the 1994 Worldvision Song Festival. Despite being the most talented performers, they are beaten by BIM (Boogalow International Music) and its leader, Mr. Boogalow (Vladek Sheybal), who use underhanded tactics to secure a victory. The duo are approached by Mr. Boogalow to sign to his music label, but soon discover the darker side of the music industry. Bibi is caught up in the wild lifestyle BIM offers, while Alphie risks his life to free her from the company's evil clutches. He eventually convinces her to run away with him and the pair live as hippies for a year (and produce a child) before being tracked down by Mr. Boogalow who insists Bibi owes him ten million dollars. However, the two are saved by the Rapture, and all good souls are taken away by Mr. Topps (aka God).
Cast and CrewEdit
- Catherine Mary Stewart as Bibi
- George Gilmour as Alphie
- Grace Kennedy as Pandi
- Allan Love as Dandi
- Joss Ackland as Mr. Topps
- Vladek Sheybal as Mr. Boogalow
- Ray Shell as Shake
- Miriam Margolyes as Landlady