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Strange Brew (1983)

The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (original title)
PG | | Comedy | 26 August 1983 (USA)
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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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>

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

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Comedy

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26 August 1983 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,571,374, 31 December 1983
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Steve De Jarnatt was briefly considered to direct this film. See more »

Goofs

When Bob and Doug go to the brewery and find Pam stuck in her Volkswagen convertible in the gates of the brewery, she says something to the effect of "Help I'm stuck and I can't get out". She is in a Volkswagen convertible and the top opens mechanically from the inside, which would be easily to unlatch and put down. See more »

Quotes

Pam Elsinore: [referring to Bob] I can't believe it! He drank it all!
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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 »

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Referenced in The Life of Mentos Man (2016) See more »

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Strange Brew
Title Song
Composed & Performed by Ian Thomas
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A cult classic!
18 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

I have to take exception to imdb user "dwpoller" who touts this movie as being "one of the most un-funny 1 1/2 hour stretches" of a movie. Having never seen the SCTV skit until after the movie's release, I found myself rolling on the floor at the Canadian stereotypes from hell, known simply as the MacKenzie Brothers. Being 1/2 Canadian myself, I never once felt offended by the somewhat negative stereotypes. (i.e. ice hockey watching, doughnut slamming, beer swilling half wits.) But rather, I was able to laugh at myself and my other Canadian bretheren through this VERY FUNNY movie.

OK, ok. So it didn't win any major awards, nor should it have. "Strange Brew" is not that kind of movie. You have to know going in that this is not Academy award winning materiel. Oh, and guys, don't bring the wives in to watch this either, they won't get it. (For the same reason they don't get the Three Stooges) You just can't explain why it's so funny, it just is.

3 1/2 stars out of 5.


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