I attended an American school in Berlin at the time and much of the "audience" was made up of Army brats and other American kids who happened to live in Berlin at the time. We were paid 50 german marks for a full Saturday of sitting around (and then storming the stage when asked to do so).
Many of the extras for the movie came from the Berlin American High School. Two big buses parked about a block from the school to pick us up each day of the shooting filled with kids "skipping school".
I'm RAY SHELL I play SHAKE in THE APPLE. I don't remember how I found out about the auditions, the auditions were in Turnham Green. MENEHEM GOLAN told me to go home 4 times he wanted a dancer for SHAKE (I filmed a number called SLIP AND SLIDE that was interesting but I 'danced' it sooo awfully they HAD to cut it from the film... I'd love to see it though PEOPLE you will FALL ill laughing its that BAD.
Making the APPLE was BIG FUN. BERLIN was a HOT city to film in...I usta hang out in a place called THE HIGH FLY CAFE you could play backgammon and get ripped all night... sometimes after doing night filming I'd go to the HIGH FLY and bop with the American soldier boys who usta hang there too.
I am the co-creator writer and lyricist of "The Apple". Coby and I worte it as a Hebrew stage musical in 1977 and then Menachem Golan lijed it so much that he brought us to L.A. to translate it into English. We were young and naiive, like Alphie and Bibi in the movie, and since then we did not get a penny out of that movie at all. So seems like Bugalow-Satan showbiz unfairness does exist in reality and this "very bad" movie tells some "truth" after all.
A pre-release cut was discovered in 2008 that contained a 90-minute cut of the movie, complete with the extended "Child of Love" wedding sequence shown in the film's theatrical trailer, but cut out of the movie. This cut of The Apple was shown at the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles in June 2008 and will be shown at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas on August 13, 2008.