I remember as a kid you couldn't go video shop without seeing film made by Cannon or distributed by Cannon. You could walk pass a cinema without seeing a poster of a Cannon Film or cable TV. Here's clip on how popular they were.
My father once rented out two films one was Sylvester Stallone's cult classic Cobra (1986) the other was tough guy Charles Bronson, Murphy's Law (1986) which it felt like a concidence that they both were produced by Golan-Globus. At the time I was very excited in seeing a movie with that catchy logo at the start. Even though nowadays I can't sit through a Chuck Norris film, but I can seat through watching that epic logo.
Ok back to the book, the book was written in 1987.
The book starts off how Golan-Globus started in the film business by making films in Israel to buy Cannon films in 1979 for $500,000 and started making film in Hollywood. which Yule investigates how Golan-Globus financed their films and how did they get to own cinema chain and bought the Thorn EMI film chain in 1985.
Yule then investigate in the book how the GO-GO boys told the world that their films were successful but from box office return they were in big competition with other studio films.
After reading this book in a day the book is very researching even though at times Yule doesn't hold any prisoners and he doesn't minced his words in his opinion about Cannon. From reading the book that he doesn't like these films that Cannon made or how the British industry let them come to UK to produced film and own aq chain of cinemas. There's a bit where he enjoys slagging off Michael Winner which he goes how Death Wish 2 was a success but he managed to lose money on The Wicked Lady.
In my opinion, ok Cannon did make some cheesy films and also they did cut corners with their budgets to make their movies e.g. Superman 4. Nobody can't say that they didn't make films. They taken risk on getting art house filmmakers like John Cassavettes, Robert Altman and Jean Luc Godard to produced film for Cannon. You would never see film moguls like Jerry Bruckheimer getting Jean Luc Godard to make The Rock or Pearl Harbour and get a signed contract on toilet roll... well a piece of paper.
It's a shame that Yule never did write a second edition on how two years later Golan-Globus split up. Golan produced straight to video films for Cannon until 1993 and Globus started an ill-fated 21st Century Productions produced film like the remake of The Night of The Living Dead, Michael Winner's Bulleye and Death Wish V.
I would recommend anyone that a film fan or film student to read this book there are eight used books for sale all at different prices.