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January 18, 2012

Episode 46: The Apple (1980)

Special Guests: Menahem Golan, Coby Recht, Iris Yotvat, Joss Ackland, George S. Clinton, Catherine Mary Stewart
Guest Co-Host: Eric Bresler, Dan Tabor

Time to break out your BIM marks... we're talking about The Apple, the oft-maligned musical that combines Genesis, Revelation, and a little Faust which takes place in the distance future... 1994. See how the world will really look like.

Co-hosts this week are Eric Bresler from Cinedelphia and Dan Tabor of Geekadelphia. There's a whole lot of delphia going on.

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Listen to Interview Outtakes:

Read Judge Crabb's opinion on Recht Vs. MGM
Get Coby Recht's new CD
Iris Yotvat's Official Website
Cathrine Mary Stewart's Facebook Fan Page
Read Nigel Lithgoe's memories of the film
Read Joss Ackland's autobiography
Buy The Apple on DVD
Download The Apple Soundtrack
Read about another cut of The Apple
Listen to the Good Bad Flicks episode on The Apple
Read Jim Donahue's thoughts on The Apple



  1. The Apple is an amazing film. It makes me so happy whenever I watch it. It has its problems, certainly, such as acting, dialogue, plot, sanity, but who cares? This is a film that uses the same 30 extras in every scene, so much so that you can devise drinking games for when each one appears. Drink twice for each Finola Hughes. Every time you think the film has peaked, or is about to finally lose its energy, it comes back bashing. Allan Love is amazing. George Gilmour is the first male lead with a cameltoe. It is easily one of the funnest films you can ever watch, "un" and intentionally. I've used it in film classes to demonstrate tracking shots, editing, and insanity. But especially the Fellini meets Greenaway meets Ed Wood sequence that is "Showbizness", which looks like it was shot in the lobby of either a mid-sized airport or mid-sized city civic center, and which contains the single worst tap dance number in filmdom. And also Yma Sumac. There are few films out there I love as much as The Apple, on every level. God Bless you for doing this.

  2. The problem with most "bad" movies is that they're deadly dull. "The Apple" is never, ever boring. As soon as your chin snaps back into position after hitting your chest in amazement, there's yet another bashit crazy scene to take in.

    It's amazing.

    Thanks for the fascinating behind-the-scenes look at this movie.

  3. Oh, and if you care, my thoughts on the film are here: http://jddblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/bite-me.html

  4. I imagine this makes more sense if you've already seen the movie than if you're listening to it because you can't see the movie.

  5. This movie was first mentioned in the Medved brother's book "The Golden Turkey Awards" in 1980 . However it was LOST for decades and impossible to see until the early 2000s on DVD. I don't think this got a proper release (well, not here in New York) because I have a full run newspapers with movie ads - this is mentioned NOWHERE - not 1980 or 1981 . I still think the concept for this movie was a fever dream of a mixed up cross between Grease & Rocky Horror (at the time of filming The Apple which would have been 1979 ; Rocky Horror was a "new hot cult movie" that everyone said "you have to see it". ) The Apple would have made a great double bill with Xanadu !