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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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Brewmeister Smith (as Max Von Sydow)
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Tom Harvey ...
The Inspector
Douglas Campbell ...
Henry Green
Brian McConnachie ...
Ted
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Gertrude
David Beard ...
The Judge
Thick Wilson ...
The Prosecutor
Robert Windsor ...
Bailiff
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>

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The McKenzie brothers beer up under misfortune. See more »

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26 August 1983 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the brewery in this film is Elsinore Brewery. Max von Sydow, who played the Brewmeister in this movie, was also in the film The Seventh Seal (1957). In that film he and his squire were heading towards the village of Elsinore, but decided not to because the plague was there. See more »

Goofs

When Bob and Doug are in their parents' kitchen fetching beer for their dad, they drop a full glass of beer. When the camera shows it smashing against the ground, the glass is clearly empty. See more »

Quotes

Claude Elsinore: And I'd like to point out that these tapes have not been faked, or altered in any way. In fact they have time coding, which is very hard to fake.
The Judge: For the benefit of the court would you please explain "time coding."
Claude Elsinore: Well, uh... just because I don't know what it is, it doesn't mean I'm lying.
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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 Coven (2000) 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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One of the best comedies out there!
30 September 2004 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I love this movie so much, I even have a poster of it hanging on my door, eh! I first viewed it in my eighth grade geometry class (where we never did anything but watch movies--this class also introduced me to classics such as "Back to the Future" and "Little Shop of Horrors").

This is from the peak of the so-stupid-it's-funny era of comedy (which is starting to become popular again, only this time around it's just not funny), and it may very well be the best of them all, even better than "Airplane!". It's one of those beautiful comedies where all the jokes are incredibly stupid and incredibly smart at the same time. The courtroom scene and the "death" scene rate as two of the funniest moments in comedy history, in my opinion.

Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas have perfect chemistry together, too. The stupid bickering between Bob and Doug is hilarious (I love it when they have to go in separate directions for the first time in their life). If you haven't seen this, I cannot recommend it enough.

9/10 stars. Now take off, eh!


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