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Friday, August 2, 1985

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Hollywood — Menahem Golan
and Yoram Globus from Tiberias
are settling into their roles as
movie moguls with a developing
taste for profits and popcorn.
The two Israeli cousins are the
big guns behind Hollywood's
Cannon Films. And these are
boom times for Cannon: Charles
Bronson is hoarding subway to-
kens for the company's Death
Wish III, Richard Chamberlain is
unearthing his talent for comedy
in a remake of King Solomon's
Mines, and filmmakers worldwide
are eyeing Cannon's plans for a
movie on Moshe Dayan:
Not bad for a film company once
loaded with troubles and deficits.
So, how did Israelis Golan and
Globus become Hollywood's
biggest success stories? "Call it
chutzpah and guts," says Golan,
56, chairman of the Cannon
Group since 1979.
Chutzpah and guts have served
the movie-making cousins well
indeed. They have forged a dis-
tinctive image in Hollywood,
turning out inexpensive, some-
what exploitive and sexy movies
almost guaranteed to turn a pro-
fit.
"We have grown on difficulty,"
says Golan. Hard work has served
as the fertilizer.
"You have to be a good sales-
man to make a success in the film
industry in Israel," says Golan,
who with Globus, Cannon's 41-
year-old president, churned out
40 films in 16 years. "What is
being a good salesman? Selling a
black-and-white Hebrew film to
Japan."
Hollywood insiders have known
for a long time — at least since the
cousins first yelled "Sheket (quiet)
on the set" six years ago — that
obstacles have a way of falling to
the wayside when Cannon blasts
its way onto the screen.
"We came to Hollywood with
hard 'training and a knowledge of
film making that is the same no
matter where you are," says Go-
lan. "You need guts, vision and
education!'
That education came in courses
held at the local movie house. "My
education was Bogart, Cagney
and Cooper," says Golan.
His education did not stop once
the film ended. Golan went to
London, where he studied at the
Old Vic, and then headed to the
United States, studying film at
New York City College in 1960.
After earning his degree, Golan
signed on with Roger Corman,
king of the cheapies, who was
making a film called The Young

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torial job when he went back to
Israel.
In 1963, Golan encouraged his
cousin Globus, who had been a
business major in college, to join
him in the movie business. The
two formed Noah Film Ltd., em-
barking on a venture that would
give shape and focus to Israel's
film industry.
Ten years after the company
was formed, the cousins'Kazablan
was picked up for American dis-
tribution by MGM, introducing
them to the profitable American
market.
In 1979, Golan and Globus
bought into Cannon Films, infus-

"Y ou have to be a
good salesman to
make a success in the
film industry in
Israel. What is being
a good salesman?
Selling a
black-and-white
Hebrew film to
Japan."

,

The race went to the swift,
which included colleagues — and
unknowns at the time — Roger
Towne and Francis Ford Coppola.
"I was lucky to work on that film,"
says Golan.
"I was making $100 a week as a
grip, then I became his (Corman's)
assistant. Coppola, Towne and I
had to pay our own travel ex-
penses."
The three young filmmakers
spent their time away from the set
competing in a personal screen-
writing contest. Golan's effort, El
Dorado, served as his first direc-

ing the company with "chutzpah
and guts" — and profits. Since
their takevoer, Cannon has re-
leased such films as Maria's Lov-
ers, a series of youth-oriented
Lemon Popsicle films, Over the

Brooklyn Bridge, Bolero, Breakin'
and Sword of the Valiant.

"What matters to us at this
stage is to be credible and suc-
cessful," says Golan. "We work at
this profession as if it were a
hobby. We do not look at it as a
risky business."
It is easy to understand Golan's
confidence. Cannon presells most
of its films, with funds rolling in
also from the videocassette mar-

ket. The Cannes Film Festival is
the cousins' playground, as they
dash out deals with foreign com-
panies usually blocked out of the
American market by the bigger
distributors.
"Cannes is our Christmas,"
Golan has said. where we
meet distributors from all over
the world who are our friends.
And we know how to take care of
them because we learned the hard
way."
Despite their successes,
Golan-Globus want more, namely
respect. "We feel misunderstood
by others," says Golan. "Some still
look a us as exploitation film
makers." Golan is proud to point
to some of his more prestigious
work, such as the film version of
Jason Miller's That Cham-
pionship Season and the as-yet-
unreleased The Ultimate.Solution
of Grace Quigley, with Katherine
Hepburn.
"But Americans do not notice
these things. They forget we are
the only foreign producers to earn
four Oscar nominations for 'best
foreign film."'
Four of the team's films in Is-
rael have been nominated for
Academy Awards: Sallah, The

House on Chelouche Street, I Love
You Rosa and Operation Thun-
derbolt, which was directed by Go-

lan.
For a while, the moguls thought
their new spot in the Hollywood
Hills was interfering with their
phone reception. "We thought our
phones were broken," says Golan
wryly of the calls not returned by
some of the industry's biggest
names.
Today, they are attracting in-
ternational as well as local calls.
Golan and Globus are able to
build profits by blasting away at
nonsense. One story about actress
Shelley Winters and the shooting
of Over the Brooklyn Bridge in
which she starred, best illustrates
their "keep 'em rolling" philos-
ophy.
Winters had a problem with her
role in the film. "She's a method
actor. In order to say a simple line

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