Gregory Kirschling
August 24, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Apple

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
George Gilmour, Catherine Mary Stewart, Joss Ackland
director
Menahem Golan
author
Menahem Golan
genre
musical

We gave it an A

When Israeli bad genius Menahem Golan?s futuristic schlock-rock/disco musical premiered at a Los Angeles movie palace in 1980, the studio handed out vinyl copies of the soundtrack before the curtain. Halfway through the film, which is horrible but fascinating, people started throwing them at the screen. Philistines! This adorable turkey, so delightfully oblivious to its own awfulness, is a rhinestone-studded song-and-dance extravaganza about a music company that wants to take over the world (”Hey, hey hey/BIM?s all the way!”) and the two fresh-faced folkies from Moose Jaw (”I think it?s in Canada”) whose love makes the most beautiful music of all. If there?s any justice, 2003?s breakout midnight movie will now become America?s newest, greatest cult film sensation.

EXTRAS Just an irresistible trailer. But as part of something called ”Summer Movie Madness,” MGM is releasing The Apple alongside a slew of other good bad movies, including the Cher vehicle ”Chastity,” ”Roller Boogie,” which stars an exorcised Linda Blair, and ”Zachariah,” featuring ”Eight Is Enough” dad Dick Van Patten as ”the Dude.”

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