Menahem Golan dies aged 85
Among all the tributes to Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, the passing of a very different legend went largely unnoticed. Menahem Golan, the hugely successful Israeli producer, has passed away in Tel Aviv at the age of 85. Working with his cousin Yoram Globus, Menahem delivered a series of tightly budgeted, high-end B-movies throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Without him we might never have had the current version of Chuck Norris. The Delta Force, Missing in Action, Invasion USA and Exterminator 2 all emerged under the Golan-Globus umbrella.
Menahem also had ambitions as a director. His version of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s The Magician of Lublin is worth watching. His take on Crime and Punishment featuring Crispin Glover is best avoided. It should also be recorded that the Israeli moguls also helped produce John Cassavetes’s Love Streams and Andrei Konchalovsky’s Runaway Train. We can use the word “legend” without fear of hyperbole.
The late Menahem Golan, pictured at Cannes last May