The Movies

Adapted from a screenplay written by Boaz Davidson and based on his own exploits as a youngster, the Lemon Popsicle movies centre on three teenagers living in Tel Aviv, Israel during the 1950’s and their misadventures. These films packed European cinemas and created a cult following on video and today still hold a special place in the hearts of many fans around the world. 

Lemon Popsicle (1978)

Directed by Boaz Davidson

The first of the Lemon Popsicle movies began filming in the summer of 1977 when Boaz Davidson partnered with producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus to make a film based on his teenage life. Capturing the look and feel of the 1950’s and featuring a soundtrack of hits from the era…

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Going Steady (1979)

Directed by Boaz Davidson

After the success of Lemon Popsicle, demand was high for a sequel and filming quickly began on Going Steady in 1979. Director Boaz Davidson returned and co-wrote the screenplay with Eli Tavor. The resulting film was very much in tone with its predecessor, almost a direct extension, with the character of Benji falling in love once again with the new girl in town…

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Hot Bubblegum (1981)

Directed by Boaz Davidson

By the early 1980’s, the makers of the Popsicle movies were able to capitalize on the growing trend of teenage sex comedies that cinema goers were lapping up with hits like Porky’s (1981).  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.

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Private Popsicle (1982)

Directed by Boaz Davidson

The fourth instalment of the movies, Private Popsicle, is set around the trio’s misadventures in the Israeli army. It was also the last of the Lemon Popsicle movies to be helmed by Boaz Davidson. The director felt that he was beginning to repeat old material and invent things that didn’t happen to him…

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Baby Love (1984)

Directed by Dan Wolman

The fifth instalment of the Lemon Popsicle movies saw an attempt to go back to the earlier roots and capture the magic and drama of the early films. Boaz Davidson opted out of being director for Baby Love, as he was frustrated by having to adapt the series to the international market…

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Up Your Anchor (1985)

Directed by Dan Wolman & Joel Silberg

It was all aboard and full steam ahead for Lemon Popsicle number six, Up Your Anchor, but production of the movie was troubled from the start. By the mid-eighties, Cannon’s empire was in full swing with the ninja craze taking off and enjoying box office success with action hits with the likes of Chuck Norris. The Lemon Popsicle movies became nothing more than money-spinners to the producers…

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Young Love (1987)

Directed by Walter Bannert

For Lemon Popsicle Part 7 – Young Love, the series had a new Austrian director Walter Bannert, and with the exception of the actors and the producers Golan and Globus signing on as only executives, there was no involvement from the original crew…

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Summertime Blues (1988)

Directed by Reinhard Schwabenitzky

The eighth and final movie starring the original Popsicle boys was made in 1988. The trouble was, they were no longer the young teens of the original 1977 film. More than 10 years had passed since that summer of 1977 when production began on Lemon Popsicle. The now mature actors Yiftach Katzur, Jonathan Sagall, and Zachi Noy were back for Summertime Blues…

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Popsicle remakes & Spin off's

The Last American Virgin (1982)

Directed by Boaz Davidson

After the success of the first three Lemon Popsicle movies, director Boaz Davidson remade the original story of three teenage boy’s and their exploits. This time the movie was aimed at the American market, which included higher production values and took the movies from the 1950’s Israel to contemporary American suburbs. Filmed in English with a new cast, the hope was for greater appeal to American audiences.

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The Party Goes On (2001)

Directed by Tzvi Shissel

In 2001, the Globus’ company produced a new Lemon Popsicle movie titled, The Party Goes On. The production was originally intended as a television series but the episodes shot were eventually edited and released as a feature length film…

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Private Manoeuvres (1983)

Directed by Tzvi Shissel

After the success of Private Popsicle, the makers decided to make a spin off the following year. Most of the cast and crew from Private Popsicle returned but Yiftach Katzur and Jonathan Sagall didn’t participate, instead leaving Zachi Noy and Joseph Shiloah to lead the cast of Private Manoeuvres

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Lemonade (1994)

Directed by Yiftach Katzur

A comic Israeli television series focusing on four thirty something school friends who try to cope with life and with each other. Directed by Popsicle star Yiftach Katzur, it was planned as a Lemon Popsicle style series but only a pilot was ever made…

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Hot Chili (1985)

Directed by William Sachs

Loosely borrows plot and features many scenes taken from various Popsicle movies. A group of American teenage boys goes south of the border to work for the summer at a Mexican resort. There they encounter many wacky guests and have zany adventures. More often than not they end up in bed with someone, but one of the teens is holding out for true love…

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Growing Up (1996)

Directed by Chin Man-Ki

Hong Kong film from 1996, clearly influenced by the Lemon Popsicle series. Features scenes copied from various Popsicle movies. Follows the experiences of three teens in their final year of high school, Kar-Lok and his two friends Kat-Lung and Zhi-Wei, are looking for love and fun…

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