Strange Brew (1983)
"The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew" (original title)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  26 August 1983 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Brewmeister Smith (as Max Von Sydow)
Tom Harvey ...
The Inspector
Douglas Campbell ...
Henry Green
Brian McConnachie ...
David Beard ...
The Judge
Thick Wilson ...
The Prosecutor
Robert Windsor ...
Sid Lynas ...
Angry Man at Movie


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 <>

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




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Release Date:

26 August 1983 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Rick Moranis' feature film debut. See more »


When the loaded tractor-trailers pull out of the indoor dock to go to Oktoberfest, the trailer doors are all closed. The trailer in Dock #1 is only about a foot from the wall to its left. Trailer doors require 4 or 5 feet of space to close. The driver of the truck would have to pull the trailer out of the dock before closing the doors - the trailer doors wouldn't and couldn't be closed inside the dock after loading. See more »


Doug McKenzie: I am your father, Luke. Give in to the dark side of the force, you knob.
Bob McKenzie: He saw Jedi 17 times, eh.
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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 »


Referenced in Beer Wars (2009) See more »


O Canada
Written by Robert Stanley Weir
Performed by Doug McKenzie
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You hoser, this movies over 10 years old.
13 September 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Let's break this down into the "positive" and "potentially negative if you're a glass is half empty type"

"Potentially negative if you're a glass is half empty type"

  • Perceived length - First of all let me just say, I can't believe that

the run-time of this movie is only 90 minutes. If you sit down to watch it, you'll swear it was 2 ½ hours long.

  • Overall quality - The budget looks pretty slim.

  • Fart jokes - If you hate the stupidity of Beavis and Butthead you'll

hate Bob and Doug.

  • Soundtrack - Horrible theme song, absolutely horrible.


  • Perceived length - You'll swear the movie is 2 ½ hours long. There is

so much going on and the plot is so intricate, albeit borrowed. It ends up feeling like about 4 different movies combined into one.

  • Brotherhood hilarity - This perfectly captures the interactions of

young siblings and/or close friends, especially the larger and smaller dynamic. I mean come on, who has never been "steamrolled" as a child?

  • Beer drinking - If you want something to make drinking beer seem more

exciting, watch this movie. For an added bonus, try the Strange Brew drinking game while watching the movie.

  • Repeat watchings – As with any favorite movie, Strange Brew lends

itself to repeated watchings where subtleties and nuances that were previously overlooked can now be enjoyed. Strange Brew continues to grow on you the more times you watch it.

The positives could go on and on. Watch it yourself and see. Watch it all at once. Watch it in pieces. Watch it!!!!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

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