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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The good, the bad, and the stupid.




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Release Date:

30 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drums Over Malta  »

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One of just a few theatrical features directed by David Steinberg who mostly works in television. This movie was Steinberg's second cinema movie, the first having being the then recent Burt Reynolds comedy Paternity (1981). See more »


Angela: I am your world, John.
John Bourgignon: Okay, I'll buy that.
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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 »


Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »


Performed by Dixie Carter
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Incredibly crude and incredibly uneven
9 July 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This movie appears to have been made by someone with some good ideas but who also never had made a movie before nor had they considered that a script should be edited or even funny. When I saw this film, I saw it for John Candy and assumed, incorrectly, that it would be hilarious. Instead, there was a stupid plot about mind control and so many flat, unfunny moments. And, to top it off, Candy delivered some of the crudest lines I had ever heard up to that time. So, despite a potentially funny cast and story idea, we are left with an amateurish and crude movie that will probably be too stupid for the average adult, though teens will probably find a few laughs. It's really a shame--it could have been so much better. I mean, with Eugene Levy, Joe Flaherty and John Candy it SHOULD have been wonderful.

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