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Strange Brew (1983)

The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (original title)
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Canada's most famous hosers, Bob and Doug McKenzie, get jobs at the Elsinore Brewery, only to learn that something is rotten with the state of it.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave Thomas ... Doug McKenzie
Rick Moranis ... Bob McKenzie
Max von Sydow ... Brewmeister Smith (as Max Von Sydow)
Paul Dooley ... Claude Elsinore
Lynne Griffin ... Pam Elsinore
Angus MacInnes ... Jean LaRose
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey ... The Inspector
Douglas Campbell Douglas Campbell ... Henry Green
Brian McConnachie Brian McConnachie ... Ted
Len Doncheff ... Jack Hawkland
Jill Frappier ... Gertrude
David Beard David Beard ... The Judge
Thick Wilson Thick Wilson ... The Prosecutor
Robert Windsor ... Bailiff
Sid Lynas Sid Lynas ... Angry Man at Movie
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Storyline

Something is rotten at the Elsinore Brewery. Bob and Doug Mackenzie (as seen on SCTV) help the brewery founder's daughter Pam regain the brewery founded by her recently-deceased father. But to do so, they must confront the suspicious brew master and two teams of vicious hockey players. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Something funny is brewing at Elsinore Castle... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strange Brew See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,913,389, 28 August 1983

Gross USA:

$8,571,374

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,571,374
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The comedy metal band Big Dumb Face sampled dialogue from this film in their song "Organ Splitter". It's the scene where Bob and Doug play a computer floppy disk on their turntable, believing it to be a bootleg of an EP by a British new wave band. See more »

Goofs

When Bob is giving the man and his children their money back in the alley, a woman is passing them just as the camera changes angles. When it does, the woman is gone. See more »

Quotes

Bob McKenzie: I gotta take a leak so bad I can taste it!
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Crazy Credits

In the original theatrical release, instead of the usual roaring lion in MGM's studio logo, the lion is drunk and belches. Then the camera pans to the side to reveal that the McKenzie Brothers (the main characters in this movie) are playing with the lion's tail. When the lion gets angry, they leave to another room to introduce the movie. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Canada's Worst Driver: Slippery When Wet (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

O Canada
(uncredited)
Music by Calixa Lavallée
French lyrics by Adolphe-Basile Routhier
English lyrics by Robert Stanley Weir
Performed by Dave Thomas (as Doug McKenzie)
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Hosers Get A Bit Repetitive, Eh?
18 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Boy, this was a fun movie to watch once, at least for me. Additional viewings just didn't have the comedic effect that first one did. It's like good beer that has gone flat. Maybe because by the second viewing I knew I was going to hear "eh" 5,000 times and "hoser" about 500 times. It's fnny at first, but gets a little too annoyingly repetitive after that. It's like, "Ok, we get the joke!"

The movie starts off funny, somewhat of a forerunner of a Wayne's World flick with the boys pretending to be in a film or on TV. Here, the two "stars" are Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, both of whom make light of a couple Canadian guys who love their beer, and little else. Everyone is a "hoser" and every sentence ends in "eh?" Actually, as one who lives close to the border and has been in Canada many times, I laughed at that stuff on the first viewing.

However, that - and the lame gags in here - got just too stupid and plain dumb on subsequent viewings. Yes, I even gave this a third look about a month ago, but only lasted about a half hour. I canned the tape and "cracked open a cold one - a beer not mentioned in the movie but a big favorite around these parts: a Labatt's Blue. It was a lot better than the film.


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