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In 1986, the Cannon Group reached its peak, with 43 films in the calendar year alone, several times greater than the output of any of the major studios. Cannon paid top dollar to sign Creator/SylvesterStallone and Creator/ChristopherReeve for starring in two pictures each. To soften the backlash against its B-movies, Cannon commissioned higher-aiming films from such famous directors as Creator/JohnCassavetes, Creator/JohnFrankenheimer, Creator/JeanLucGodard and Creator/FrancoZeffirelli, which were financed by packaging them with their more lucrative films in the pre-sales market. It also received a critical success in the Dutch film ''The Assault'', which gave Golan-Globus both the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Langauge Film of the year. It also was able to secure a deal with producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind to make ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'', as well as with Creator/{{Mattel}} and Creator/MarvelComics for the rights to produce film adaptations of their properties (Cannon was able to produce a ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' movie and almost filmed a ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' movie). They also acquired [[Creator/ThornEMIVideo Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment]], giving them access to a large library of (mostly British) films and theatre chains throughout Britain.

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In 1986, the Cannon Group reached its peak, with 43 films in the calendar year alone, several times greater than the output of any of the major studios. Cannon paid top dollar to sign Creator/SylvesterStallone and Creator/ChristopherReeve for starring in two pictures each. To soften the backlash against its B-movies, Cannon commissioned higher-aiming films from such famous directors as Creator/JohnCassavetes, Creator/JohnFrankenheimer, Creator/JeanLucGodard and Creator/FrancoZeffirelli, which were financed by packaging them with their more lucrative films in the pre-sales market. It also received a critical success in the Dutch film ''The Assault'', which gave Golan-Globus both the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Langauge Film of the year. It also was able to secure a deal with producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind to make ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'', as well as with Creator/{{Mattel}} and Creator/MarvelComics for the rights to produce film adaptations of their properties (Cannon was able to produce a ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' movie and almost filmed a ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' movie). They also acquired [[Creator/ThornEMIVideo [[Creator/{{EMI}} Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment]], giving them access to a large library of (mostly British) films and theatre chains throughout Britain.



Throughout the Golan-Globus years, many films of the Cannon Group were distributed on home video by such companies as Creator/MCAVideocassetteInc, Creator/MGMUAHomeVideo, Creator/ThornEMIVideo and Creator/MediaHomeEntertainment, among other companies. Today, most of these films are owned by Studio Canal, MGM, or Warner Bros., depending on the film.

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Throughout the Golan-Globus years, many films of the Cannon Group were distributed on home video released by UsefulNotes/HomeVideoDistributors such companies as Creator/MCAVideocassetteInc, Creator/MGMUAHomeVideo, Creator/ThornEMIVideo MCA Videocassette, Inc., MGM/UA Home Video, Thorn EMI Video and Creator/MediaHomeEntertainment, Media Home Entertainment, among other companies. Today, most of these films are owned by Studio Canal, MGM, or Warner Bros., depending on the film.

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In 1986, the Cannon Group reached its peak, with 43 films in the calendar year alone, several times greater than the output of any of the major studios. Cannon paid top dollar to sign Creator/SylvesterStallone and Creator/ChristopherReeve for starring in two pictures each. To soften the CriticalBacklash against its B-movies, Cannon commissioned higher-aiming films from such famous directors as Creator/JohnCassavetes, Creator/JohnFrankenheimer, Creator/JeanLucGodard and Creator/FrancoZeffirelli, which were financed by packaging them with their more lucrative films in the pre-sales market. It also received a critical success in the Dutch film ''The Assault'', which gave Golan-Globus both the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Langauge Film of the year. It also was able to secure a deal with producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind to make ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'', as well as with Creator/{{Mattel}} and Creator/MarvelComics for the rights to produce film adaptations of their properties (Cannon was able to produce a ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' movie and almost filmed a ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' movie). They also acquired [[Creator/ThornEMIVideo Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment]], giving them access to a large library of (mostly British) films and theatre chains throughout Britain.

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In 1986, the Cannon Group reached its peak, with 43 films in the calendar year alone, several times greater than the output of any of the major studios. Cannon paid top dollar to sign Creator/SylvesterStallone and Creator/ChristopherReeve for starring in two pictures each. To soften the CriticalBacklash backlash against its B-movies, Cannon commissioned higher-aiming films from such famous directors as Creator/JohnCassavetes, Creator/JohnFrankenheimer, Creator/JeanLucGodard and Creator/FrancoZeffirelli, which were financed by packaging them with their more lucrative films in the pre-sales market. It also received a critical success in the Dutch film ''The Assault'', which gave Golan-Globus both the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Langauge Film of the year. It also was able to secure a deal with producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind to make ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'', as well as with Creator/{{Mattel}} and Creator/MarvelComics for the rights to produce film adaptations of their properties (Cannon was able to produce a ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' movie and almost filmed a ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' movie). They also acquired [[Creator/ThornEMIVideo Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment]], giving them access to a large library of (mostly British) films and theatre chains throughout Britain.


Many action stars of UsefulNotes/TheEighties who were Cannon regulars included Creator/ChuckNorris (who also starred in one of Cannon's few ventures into television - Cannon Television produced the first few episodes of ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' until financial difficulties thanks to Cannon's troubles got in the way, but fortunately Creator/{{CBS}} and Creator/ColumbiaPicturesTelevision agreed to foot the bill and production continued for the next several years), Creator/CharlesBronson, Creator/DolphLundgren, Michael Dudikoff, Sho Kosugi and Creator/MickeyRourke. In addition, the Cannon Group first brought Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme to worldwide audiences through his role in ''Film/{{Cyborg 1989}}''.

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Many action stars of UsefulNotes/TheEighties who were Cannon regulars included Creator/ChuckNorris (who also starred in one of Cannon's few ventures into television - Cannon Television produced the first few episodes of ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' until financial difficulties thanks to Cannon's troubles got in the way, but fortunately Creator/{{CBS}} and Creator/ColumbiaPicturesTelevision [[Creator/ColumbiaPictures Columbia Pictures Television]] agreed to foot the bill and production continued for the next several years), Creator/CharlesBronson, Creator/DolphLundgren, Michael Dudikoff, Sho Kosugi and Creator/MickeyRourke. In addition, the Cannon Group first brought Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme to worldwide audiences through his role in ''Film/{{Cyborg 1989}}''.


This came to be in 1979 when Friedland and Dewey sold Cannon to Menahem Golan and his cousin Yoram Globus, two Israeli film producers seeking to expand into the wider market open to Hollywood studios. Under their new leadership of the Cannon Group, they moved the company's operations to southern California and refocused its business model around acquiring scripts for lowbrow films and B-movies, most of them in the action genre, that would go into production and recoup their budgets prior to release by pre-selling foreign distribution and home video rights. This was what became the new focus of the company throughout the 1980s. The company did, however, have a more diverse amount of genres to cover with its films, including urban comedies (often inspired by dance fads), musicals, Holocaust dramas, SpeculativeFiction, and even fairy tales. This allowed the Cannon Group to release a large number of films every year in this heyday. Quantity over quality was the avowed aim at Cannon, and sequels to hit movies were put quickly into production.

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This came to be in 1979 when Friedland and Dewey sold Cannon to Menahem Golan and his cousin Yoram Globus, two Israeli film producers seeking to expand into the wider market open to Hollywood studios. Under their new leadership of the Cannon Group, they moved the company's operations to southern Southern California and refocused its business model around acquiring scripts for lowbrow films and B-movies, most of them in the action genre, that would go into production and recoup their budgets prior to release by pre-selling foreign distribution and home video rights. This was what became the new focus of the company throughout the 1980s. The company did, however, have a more diverse amount of genres to cover with its films, including urban comedies (often inspired by dance fads), musicals, Holocaust dramas, SpeculativeFiction, and even fairy tales. This allowed the Cannon Group to release a large number of films every year in this heyday. Quantity over quality was the avowed aim at Cannon, and sequels to hit movies were put quickly into production.



In 1990, Parretti merged Pathé Communications with [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM/UA]]. Most of the Cannon Group's library is now owned by MGM, with some exceptions (mostly the films that were once owned by Thorn EMI). However, Parretti was found to have used false pretenses to get Cannon and Pathé's acquisition of MGM, causing his bank (the French bank Credit Lyonnais) to assume control of MGM-Pathé and, in June 1991, oust both Parretti and Globus from the corporate board. (Parretti would later be convicted of securities fraud.)

By this time, however, Cannon had been spun off as a new company not directly implicated in the merger fiasco. The new '''Cannon Pictures''' was introduced by Pathé as a label for the sole purpose of distributing Low Budget films, only for it to be spun off in November 1990, under Christopher Pearce, a former associate producer from the Golan-Globus era. In 1992, Cannon Pictures merged with Globus's Melrose Entertainment to form '''Cannon Entertainment Group''', which carried on the Cannon name until filing for bankruptcy in December 1994.

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In 1990, Parretti merged Pathé Communications with [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM/UA]]. Most of the Cannon Group's library is now owned by MGM, with some exceptions (mostly the films that were once owned by Thorn EMI). However, Parretti was found to have been a massive fraudster who used false pretenses to get Cannon and Pathé's acquisition of MGM, causing his bank (the French bank Credit Lyonnais) to assume control of MGM-Pathé and, in June 1991, oust both Parretti and Globus from the corporate board. (Parretti would later be convicted of securities fraud.)

By this time, however, Cannon had been spun off as a new company not directly implicated in the merger fiasco. The new '''Cannon Pictures''' was introduced by Pathé as a label for the sole purpose of distributing Low Budget low-budget films, only for it to be spun off in November 1990, under Christopher Pearce, a former associate producer from the Golan-Globus era. In 1992, Cannon Pictures merged with Globus's Melrose Entertainment to form '''Cannon Entertainment Group''', which carried on the Cannon name until filing for bankruptcy in December 1994.



Many action stars of UsefulNotes/TheEighties who were Cannon regulars included Creator/ChuckNorris (who also starred in one of Cannon's few ventures into television - Cannon Television produced the first few episodes of ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' until financial difficulties got in the way, but fortunately Creator/{{CBS}} agreed to foot the bill and production continued for the next several years), Creator/CharlesBronson, Creator/DolphLundgren, Michael Dudikoff, Sho Kosugi and Creator/MickeyRourke. In addition, the Cannon Group first brought Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme to worldwide audiences through his role in ''Film/{{Cyborg 1989}}''.

Throughout the Golan-Globus years, many films of the Cannon Group were distributed on home video by such companies as Creator/MCAVideocassetteInc, Creator/MGMUAHomeVideo, Creator/ThornEMIVideo and Creator/MediaHomeEntertainment, among other companies. Today, most of these films are owned by Studio Canal, MGM, or Warner Bros., depending on who owns it.

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Many action stars of UsefulNotes/TheEighties who were Cannon regulars included Creator/ChuckNorris (who also starred in one of Cannon's few ventures into television - Cannon Television produced the first few episodes of ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' until financial difficulties thanks to Cannon's troubles got in the way, but fortunately Creator/{{CBS}} and Creator/ColumbiaPicturesTelevision agreed to foot the bill and production continued for the next several years), Creator/CharlesBronson, Creator/DolphLundgren, Michael Dudikoff, Sho Kosugi and Creator/MickeyRourke. In addition, the Cannon Group first brought Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme to worldwide audiences through his role in ''Film/{{Cyborg 1989}}''.

Throughout the Golan-Globus years, many films of the Cannon Group were distributed on home video by such companies as Creator/MCAVideocassetteInc, Creator/MGMUAHomeVideo, Creator/ThornEMIVideo and Creator/MediaHomeEntertainment, among other companies. Today, most of these films are owned by Studio Canal, MGM, or Warner Bros., depending on who owns it.the film.

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* ''Film/TreasureOfTheFourCrowns''


In 1986, the Cannon Group reached its peak, with 43 films in the calendar year alone, several times greater than the output of any of the major studios. Cannon paid top dollar to sign Creator/SylvesterStallone and Creator/ChristopherReeve for starring in two pictures each. To soften the CriticalBacklash against its B-movies, Cannon commissioned higher-aiming films from such famous directors as Creator/JohnCassavettes, Creator/JohnFrankenheimer, Creator/JeanLucGodard and Creator/FrancoZeffirelli, which were financed by packaging them with their more lucrative films in the pre-sales market. It also received a critical success in the Dutch film ''The Assault'', which gave Golan-Globus both the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Langauge Film of the year. It also was able to secure a deal with producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind to make ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'', as well as with Creator/{{Mattel}} and Creator/MarvelComics for the rights to produce film adaptations of their properties (Cannon was able to produce a ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' movie and almost filmed a ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' movie). They also acquired [[Creator/ThornEMIVideo Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment]], giving them access to a large library of (mostly British) films and theatre chains throughout Britain.

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In 1986, the Cannon Group reached its peak, with 43 films in the calendar year alone, several times greater than the output of any of the major studios. Cannon paid top dollar to sign Creator/SylvesterStallone and Creator/ChristopherReeve for starring in two pictures each. To soften the CriticalBacklash against its B-movies, Cannon commissioned higher-aiming films from such famous directors as Creator/JohnCassavettes, Creator/JohnCassavetes, Creator/JohnFrankenheimer, Creator/JeanLucGodard and Creator/FrancoZeffirelli, which were financed by packaging them with their more lucrative films in the pre-sales market. It also received a critical success in the Dutch film ''The Assault'', which gave Golan-Globus both the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Langauge Film of the year. It also was able to secure a deal with producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind to make ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'', as well as with Creator/{{Mattel}} and Creator/MarvelComics for the rights to produce film adaptations of their properties (Cannon was able to produce a ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' movie and almost filmed a ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' movie). They also acquired [[Creator/ThornEMIVideo Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment]], giving them access to a large library of (mostly British) films and theatre chains throughout Britain.

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* ''Film/OperationThunderbolt'' (1977) -- Israeli film about the raid on Entebbe Airport

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* ''Film/ThunderRun''

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** ''Film/DeathWish1974''


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* ''Film/TrainedToKillUSA''

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* ''Film/TenToMidnight''

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