Going Berserk (1983)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  30 September 1983 (USA)
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A drummer/chauffeur engaged to a congressman's daughter encounters a sleazy film director, the leader of an aerobics cult, and other crazed characters during the days leading up to his wedding.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chick Leff
Sal DiPasquale
Nancy Reese
Ed Reese
Ann Bronston ...
Patti Reese
Mrs. Reese (as Eve Brent Ashe)
Grandmother Reese
Rev. Sun Yi Day
Dr. Ted
Ronald E. House ...
Jerome Willy Muhammed


Limo driver John Bourgignon is engaged to Nancy Reese. Her father, Congressman Ed Reese, is running for president and crusading against cult leader Sun Yi. Misadventure and intrigue stalk John and Nancy's path to the altar. Written by Anonymous

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30 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drums Over Malta  »

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Some television versions have longer and expanded scenes compared to what was included in the original theatrical print. See more »


Wallace Jefferson: Hey man, you remember Maurice Walker, the car thief? He dead. Yeah, his old lady threw him down the elevator shaft. That must have happened 3 or 4 years ago, man.
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Crazy Credits

The entire plot of the movie is told in a rap song during the opening credit:

Well John's the lead in this meaty scene He's the Candyman, if you know what I mean. And he drives a long black limousine With his sidekick Chick! [car horn sound] Now John's the drummer out in the street, But the man can't even keep a beat So he spins his wheels to make ends meet. You got it? [Girl's voice: "Huh?"] Stay with me now! John's got a pretty little fiancé. When her daddy's trying to pull a power play, And if Big Daddy gets his way, Our man John will be wearing seaman's shooooooes! See more »


References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »


(Reach Higher for Beauty, Peace, Money, and Sucess)
Performed by Dixie Carter
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Extremely under-rated comedy
10 March 2001 | by (The tri-city area) – See all my reviews

If you enjoy the subtle (yes, I said subtle) actions and reactions of John Candy, you can't help but like this film (pronounced "fillum" by Salvatore DiPasquale). The unobservant (and uninformed) watcher always saw Candy as a broad actor - a big buffoon. And sometimes he was (see "Stripes" and "Splash"). But, when given the opportunity, he could really be razor-sharp and quite subtle. It's too bad he was cast in so many roles that only showed his broad side, because we'll never get to see more of the other. Oh, yeah, the movie. One can watch "Going Berserk" over and over (I know I have) with the frequency of "Caddyshack." It's just that good. The plot, although a little convoluted, is actually fairly deep for a farce of this kind. It allows Candy and the always under-rated Joe Flaherty and Eugene Levy to bounce off of Candy...and they bounce HARD. Definitely worth a glance for anyone who enjoyed SCTV or Candy's other work.

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