Hot Bubblegum שפשוף נעים (1981)
Country: Tel Aviv, Israel
Production company: The Cannon Film Group
Director: Boaz Davidson
Producer: Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan
Writer: Boaz Davidson, Eli Tavor
Yiftach Katzur, Jonathan Sagall, Zachi Noy, Ariela Miniely, Dvora Kedar, Orna Dagan, Menashe Warshavsky, Rachel Steiner …
- Eis Am Stiel 3: Liebeleien (Germany)
- Pleasant Rubbing (USA)
- Quella folle estate (Italy)
- Chicle Picante (Spain)
- Le Tombeur, le Frimeur et l’emmerdeuse (France)
Benji has a girlfriend named Doris who he thinks he is in love with, but his feelings are put to the test when an old flame, Nikki comes back into his life.
Frustrated that Doris wont sleep with him he is unable to resist Nikki who makes it clear she is more than willing, the two start dating unbeknown to Doris who is hopelessly in love with Benji and thinks that he feels the same.
Nikki encourages Benji to dump Doris, but before he has chance to tell her Doris catches them together and is heartbroken. Benji is upset that he has hurt Doris, but he thinks that it is for the best and he is better off with Nikki anyway.
Meanwhile things become even more complicated when Benji’s cousin Frieda comes to visit from Germany when everyone from Bobby, Huey and even Benji’s father lust after her!
Bobby and Huey warn Benji that Nikki is bad news, but Benji doesn’t want to listen and tries to ignore the fact that she flirts with everyone. He finally begins to think that maybe they are right after being humiliated by Nikki again and after she accuses him of being possessive he finally sees her true colours, and realises that he should never have left Doris for a girl like her.
Benji leaves Nikki and buys flowers to try and make up with Doris. He knows that it is her he really wants but will she take him back?! Of course she will!
BEHIND THE SCENES
The third of the Lemon Popsicle movies, Hot Bubblegum, went in to production in 1981 and sees the three guys return as they attend the final year of school and continue with their mischievous ways and sexual escapades. The makers of the Popsicle movies were able to capitalise on the growing trend for teenage sex comedies that led to cinema viewers lapping up hit movies like Porky’s (1981).
Most of the key players behind the films had moved out of Israel, including Cinematographer Adam Greenberg who was scouted by Samuel Fuller, and director Boaz Davidson had also moved to the United States and directed his first American film, Seed of Innocence in 1981. However, he still returned to the directors chair for Hot Bubblegum.
This time around, there was not only one leading Popsicle girl but two. Actress Ariella Miniely was cast as Benji’s girlfriend Doris after the original actress decided against the role days before the production was about to begin. The chance to play a leading role was a dream come true for the young actress, and was an opportunity she couldn’t turn down.
The other leading lady, Orna Dagan, played Nikki and was a contrast to the good girl Doris, but proves to be a temptation Benji can’t resist. Confusion may have been caused for viewers by the fact that Nikki was the name of the character played by Anat Atzmon in Lemon Popsicle. However the similarity ends there and the two Nikki’s are completely different characters.
Financial backing by German investors and the involvement of producer Sam Waynberg meant that the films were now an Israeli-German co-production. Distribution of the films also become a lot easier when the cousins Golan and Globus bought out The Cannon Film Group, a former American owned production company who sold to them after reaching financial difficulties.
With it’s German influence, Playmate of the month Sybille Rauch was cast as nymphomaniac temptress which no doubt boosted the movies popularity. After the legal battle over the nudity of an actress in the previous movie, hiring German models for the films nude scenes went on to become a regular theme in the subsequent movies as it was much easier to cast someone who thought nothing of shedding their clothes for the cameras.
Fast becoming a big star in Germany, Zachi Noy was rumoured to have been disappointed in the changes to the film series and was often at odds with the filmmakers. Despite this, when Columbia Pictures picked up the international distribution rights, they sent Zachi Noy and Sybille Rauch on a PR tour around the world, from Brazil to Hong Kong and Japan.
Larger doses of slapstick comedy replaced the drama from the previous Popsicle films, when asked about this Meneham Golan admits, “Maybe we didn’t pay enough attention to it because in either case we had buyers in Germany and it became a brand-name.”
The resulting film was very much in tone with the popular American teen sex comedies at the time and is perhaps this was why the film was so successful as it moved away from the controversial issues raised in Lemon Popsicle such as sexually transmitted disease, abortion, and made it more appealing to the general market.
The authenticity of the first two films was lost in the winning formula but regardless of this, the film went on to become the most successful of the Popsicle series.
Director: Boaz Davidson
Writers: Boaz Davidson, Eli Tavor, Sam Waynberg
Producers: Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus
Executive producer: Sam Waynberg
Associate Producer: Danny Dimbort
Cinematographer: Amnon Salomon
First Assistant Director: Shaul Dishy
Wardrobe: Tami Mor
Art Director: Ariel Roshko
Still Photographer: Yoni Hamenachem
Best Boy: Avi Avrahami
Editor: Jon Koslowsky
Sound Mixer: Eli Yarkoni
Sound Editor: Efraim Reuveni
Post-Sync Director: Mel Welles
Sound Re-Recordist: Frank M. Reale, Aaron Rochin
Special Sound Effects: Ken Dufva, David Lee Fein, Michael McLaren, Keith Olson, Robert Perissi, Dorothy Wright
Music Supervisor: Rex Deveraux
- Lollipop – The Chordettes
- Poetry In Motion – Johnny Tillotson
- Long Tall Sally – Little Richard
- Donna – Richie Valens
- Love Me Tender – Chad Garrett
- Teddy Bear – Chad Garrett
- Tell Laura I Love Her – Ray Peterson
- Rebel Rouser – Duane Eddy
- Devil Or Angel – Bobby Vee
- Shake Rattle & Roll – Bill Haley
- Tutti-Frutti – Little Richard
- La Bamba – Richie Valens
- To Know Him Is To Love Him – The Teddy Bears
- Johnny B Goode – Chuck Berry
- Don’t Be Cruel – Chad Garrett
- I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – Chad Garrett
- Three Coins In The Fountain – The Four Aces
- Dedicated To The One I Love – The Shirelles