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Menahem Golan is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Co-Executive Producer Israelien born on 31 may 1929 at Tiberias (Israel)

Menahem Golan

Menahem Golan
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Birth name Menahem Globus
Nationality Israel
Birth 31 may 1929 at Tiberias (Israel)
Death 8 august 2014 (at 85 years) at Tel Aviv (Israel)
Awards Ophir Award, Israel Prize

Menahem Golan (born May 31, 1929) (Hebrew: מנחם גולן‎) is an Israeli director and producer. He has produced movies for such stars as Sean Connery, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Charles Bronson, and was known for a period as a producer of comic book-style movies like Masters of the Universe, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Captain America, and his aborted attempt to bring Spider-Man to the silver screen. Using the pen name of Joseph Goldman, Golan has also written and "polished" film scripts. He was co-owner of Golan-Globus with his cousin Yoram Globus.
Golan produced about 200 films, directed 44, won 8 times the Violin David Awards and The Israel Prize in Cinema.


Menahem Golan was born on May 31, 1929, in Tiberias, then Mandate Palestine. He studied directing at the Old Vic School and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and filmmaking at New York University. During the Israeli War of Independence he served as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force. Golan is married and has three children.

Best films

Death Wish II (1982)
Over the Top (1987)
Runaway Train (1985)
Evil Angels (1988)
(Executive Producer)
Street Smart (1987)
Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981)
(Executive Producer)

Usually with

Yoram Globus
Yoram Globus
(144 films)
Shaike Ophir
Shaike Ophir
(10 films)
Gila Almagor
Gila Almagor
(8 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Menahem Golan (173 films)

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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, 1h46
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Menahem Golan, Molly Ringwald, Yoram Globus, Dolph Lundgren, Bo Derek, Marina Sirtis
Roles Himself (uncredited)
Rating73% 3.6969553.6969553.6969553.6969553.696955
Mélangeant interviews, extraits de films et images d’archives, ce documentaire retrace l’histoire de la société de production Cannon Films, créée par Menahem Golan et Yoram Globus. Dans les années 1980, ces deux producteurs ont sans aucun doute produit les plus grands nanars du cinéma, s’emparant de force de la machine hollywoodienne, et changeant à jamais l’histoire du cinéma bis.
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films, 1h26
Origin Israel
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about religion, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus, Sylvester Stallone, Jon Voight, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Charles Bronson
Roles Self
Rating65% 3.290563.290563.290563.290563.29056
In the 1980s, two Israeli cousins (Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus) had an impact on Hollywood by producing over 300 films and starting one of the most successful independent production companies, Cannon Films. Their complex and differing personalities made them successful and eventually led to their downfall.
Cannes Man
Cannes Man (1996)
, 1h28
Directed by Richard Martini
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes La provence
Actors Francesco Quinn, Seymour Cassel, Johnny Depp, Dennis Hopper, Jack Ong, Luana Anders
Roles Self
Rating52% 2.6117552.6117552.6117552.6117552.611755
Frank 'Rhino' Rhinoslavsky (Quinn) is a dumb part-time cab driver in New York who wants to break into film business. He doesn't have anything to offer, and just thinks that he can start at the top, as a writer. Opportunity knocks on Frank's door when he goes to the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France to deliver some props to Troma, Inc.
Things (1995)

Directed by Amos Gitaï
Origin Israel
Genres Drama
Actors Lea Koenig, Assi Dayan (אסי דיין), Amos Gitaï, Menahem Golan
Roles Nelo
Rating55% 2.7589552.7589552.7589552.7589552.758955
C'est le premier volet d'une trilogie sur les villes israéliennes. Il est consacré à la ville de Tel-Aviv.


Crime and Punishment, 2h6
Directed by Menahem Golan
Genres Drama
Actors Crispin Glover, Vanessa Redgrave, John Hurt, Margot Kidder, Philip Jackson, John Neville
Rating57% 2.853262.853262.853262.853262.85326
Though the novel Crime and Punishment was written and set in the 19th century, this film version takes place in the then-future setting of the early 21st century. Rodion Raskolnikov, a student in his twenties who lives in Moscow, has published a paper which he argues that certain superior individuals can legitimately ignore laws, even the law against murder. He acts out this arrogant theory by murdering an old woman, a pawnbroker, and her sister who accidentally witnesses the crime. In the aftermath, Raskolnikov is increasingly tortured by his conscience.
The Versace Murder, 1h42
Directed by Menahem Golan
Origin USA
Genres Biography, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Franco Nero, Steven Bauer, Matt Servitto, David Anthony Pizzuto, Jack Guzman
Rating36% 1.8007251.8007251.8007251.8007251.800725
Spree killer Andrew Cunanan (Shane Perdue) leaves a trail of murder victims as he travels from San Francisco to Miami, finally killing world-famous fashion designer Gianni Versace (Franco Nero). The film recounts Cunanan's life before and after the murder, including details on his four other victims and his efforts to evade a nationwide manhunt that would end in his suicide.
Deadly Heroes, 1h44
Directed by Menahem Golan
Origin Israel
Genres Drama, Action
Actors Michael Paré, Jan-Michael Vincent, Billy Drago, Claudette Mink
Rating37% 1.884541.884541.884541.884541.88454
The film starts with a footage of a group of terrorists modifying toy guns to a real gun which can easily pass through a metal detector at Athens Airport. when a kid named Paul Cartowski discovers that the terrorist bring plastic guns, he soon wonders and tells his father who is also a former CIA and Navy SEAL, Brad Cartowski (Michael Paré). Then a gunfight begins and Cartowski is injured during a pursuit when the terrorists take the airport bus. The terrorists kidnaps his wife and fly her on a hijacked plane to North Africa. Cartowski goes in pursuit, aided by another ex-SEAL, Cody Grant (Jan-Michael Vincent).
Mack the Knife, 1h58
Directed by Menahem Golan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Crime, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays
Actors Raúl Juliá, Richard Harris, Roger Daltrey, Julie Walters, Bill Nighy, Clive Revill
Rating56% 2.808542.808542.808542.808542.80854
In 19th century London, young Polly Peachum falls for the famous womanizing criminal Macheath and they decide to get married, but because of her family's disapproval, her father ("the king of thieves") has MacHeath arrested.
Hanna's War, 2h28
Directed by Menahem Golan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Biography
Themes Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Ellen Burstyn, Maruschka Detmers, Anthony Andrews, Donald Pleasence, David Warner, Rade Šerbedžija
Rating61% 3.099173.099173.099173.099173.09917
Hannah Senesh was a real-life Hungarian Jew who became a martyr to the cause of freedom during World War II. Though safely living in British Mandate Palestine at the start of the war, Hannah volunteers to venture behind enemy lines in Europe knowing that in all likelihood, she will die. She is captured, undergoing horrendous tortures before the Germans execute her.
Over the Top, 1h33
Directed by Menahem Golan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Trucker films, L'enfance marginalisée, Road movies, Chase films, Films about school violence
Actors Sylvester Stallone, Robert Loggia, Susan Blakely, Rick Zumwalt, David Mendenhall, Allan Graf
Rating58% 2.9058952.9058952.9058952.9058952.905895
Lincoln Hawk is a struggling trucker who arm wrestles on the side to make extra cash while trying to rebuild his life. Hawk's estranged wife Christina, who is very ill, asks that Hawk pick up their son Michael from military school so that the two of them can get to know each other; Hawk had left them ten years earlier. Michael's controlling grandfather Jason Cutler, a wealthy man who hates Hawk and disapproved of his daughter's relationship with him, believes that Hawk has no right to be in his grandson's life. Michael is very distrusting and bitter towards Hawk initially and treats him with contempt at every turn.
The Delta Force, 2h5
Directed by Menahem Golan
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Motocyclette, Political films, Dans un avion, Films about hijackings
Actors Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, Martin Balsam, Joey Bishop, Kim Delaney, Robert Forster
Rating56% 2.802362.802362.802362.802362.80236
The film opens up on Operation Eagle Claw, the American operation to rescue American hostages being held at the U.S. embassy to Tehran. The operation is being aborted after a fatal helicopter crash, with the U.S. Delta Force evacuating to their C-130 transports. Among them is Captain Scott McCoy, who, against orders, rescues his wounded comrade Pete Peterson from the burning helicopter before the team finally evacuates. McCoy expresses his disgust for the politicians and military hierarchy that forced the mission to launch despite the risks, and announces he is resigning his commission.
Over the Brooklyn Bridge, 1h46
Directed by Menahem Golan
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Elliott Gould, Margaux Hemingway, Sid Caesar, Burt Young, Shelley Winters, Carol Kane
Rating56% 2.802962.802962.802962.802962.80296
Alby Sherman is a Jewish man whose father died when he was young. He and his mother run a candy store in Brooklyn, but Alby dreams of opening his own restaurant in Manhattan, a project which will be very expensive. Finding the perfect location, a restaurant whose owner is moving to another location, he asks his wealthy Uncle Benjamin to lend him the money. His uncle imposes an odious requirement of him: Alby will receive the investment money he needs but only if he leaves his blond "shikse" Catholic girlfriend and gets married to a "nice Jewish girl".
Enter the Ninja, 1h41
Directed by Menahem Golan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Crime, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Franco Nero, Susan George, Sho Kosugi, Christopher George, Will Hare, Derek Webster
Rating51% 2.555192.555192.555192.555192.55519
After completing his training of ninjutsu within Japan as a Ninja, an Angolan Bush War veteran by the name of Cole (Franco Nero) visits his war buddy Frank Landers (Alex Courtney) and his newlywed wife Mary Ann Landers (Susan George), who are the owners of a large piece of farming land in the Philippines. Cole soon finds that the Landers are being repeatedly harassed by a CEO named Charles Venarius (Christopher George) in order to get them to sell their property because, unbeknownst to them, a large oil deposit is located beneath their land. After beginning to thwart Venarius' hired henchmen's attempts to bully and coerce the Landers into the selling of their property to Venarius, Cole eventually finds himself facing an old rival from the days of his training – Hasegawa (Sho Kosugi), who was hired by Venarius as an assassin to eliminate Cole. In the midst of these events, an affair occurs between Cole and Mary one evening.
The Apple
The Apple (1980)
, 1h26
Directed by Menahem Golan
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Films about drugs, Musical films
Actors Catherine Mary Stewart, Joss Ackland, Vladek Sheybal, Ray Shell, Miriam Margolyes, Derek Deadman
Rating43% 2.1583752.1583752.1583752.1583752.158375
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 they 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. Alphie and Bibi are saved by the Rapture, and all good souls are taken away by Mr. Topps (aka God).