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He worked on 'Caged Heat,' 'Cockfighter' and 'Cannonball!' and later promoted Australian films like 'Mad Max' in the U.S.
Samuel Gelfman, who produced the low-budget films Caged Heat, Cockfighter and Cannonball! for Roger Corman's New World Pictures in the 1970s, has died. He was 88.
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Gelfman died Thursday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications from heart and respiratory disease, his son Peter Gelfman, a New York-based property master, told The Hollywood Reporter.
After serving as a vice president at United Artists and a film buyer for one of the first videocassette companies, Cartrivision, Gelfman joined ranks with Corman and produced Jonathan Demme's directorial debut, Caged Heat (1974), about women in prison; Cockfighter (1974), helmed by Monte Hellman and starring Warren Oates, Harry Dean Stanton and Troy Donahue; and the road-race movie Cannonball! (1976), starring David Carradine and written and directed by Paul Bartel.
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Later, Gelfman established the Australian Film Office in Los Angeles and promoted such films as The Last Wave (1977), Newsfront (1978), My Brilliant Career (1979), Mad Max (1979) — released in the U.S. with subtitles despite his objections — and Gallipoli (1981).
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