CANNON MONTH: Salomè (1986)

Unfortunately, I can’t find this movie anywhere, but Cannon Month demands that every movie be covered in some way. So let’s take a look at the info I can find on this film until I can find a way to watch this French-Italian movie.

What if John the Baptist’s battles with Herod (Tomas Milian, Don’t Torture a DucklingThe Four of the Apocalypse, Nico Giraldi in Bruno Corbucci’s series of eleven crime comedies) and Salomé’s (Jo Champa) seductive gyrations for the head of the prophet all took place during World War II? That’s exactly what this movie is seeking the answers to. And oh yes, it’s also a musical.

Directed by Claude d’Anna, who would make an opera version of MacBeth the following year, this played the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, during which we can assume that Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were trying to sell Over the Top, Elmore Leonard’s La Brava (never made and set to star Dustin Hoffman), Superman 4: The Quest for Peace, John Travolta in an unnamed project, Spider-Man directed by Joe Zito, Chuck Norris in a comedy called Kick and Kick Back52 Pick-Up, an untitled Roman Polanski project, Masters of the Universe, the unreleased HousekeepingStreet SmartDuet for OneRumpelstiltskinNumber One with a Bullet, a musical remake of Zorba the Greek with Anthony Quinn, the unmade The White Slave, the never made Journey to the Center of the EarthThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (the trailer simply has Leatherface oiling up his chainsaw with blood), American Ninja 2, a Michael Winner-directed Captain America that I wish had been filmed, Tough Guys Don’t Dance, the Godfrey Reggio and Phillip Glass created, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola produced Powaqqatsi wich was called North South, Norman Mailer’s King Lear directed by Jean-Luc Godard, a potential sequel to Joe titled Citizen Joe, a robot movie called Too Much, a Dolly Dots music movie called Give a Girl a Break that was renamed Dutch Treat and released by Cannon, Sinbad of the Seven Seas, a kaiju movie named It Ate ClevelandRiver of Death and Ben, Bonzo and Big Bad Joe with Bud Spencer, which was made as Going Bananas with Dom DeLuise.

Seriously, check out this Cannon reel which takes clips from other movies, publicity photos and high energy voiceovers to sell you on movies that Cannon may or may not make.

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