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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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Brewmeister Smith (as Max Von Sydow)
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The Inspector
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Henry Green
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David Beard ...
The Judge
Thick Wilson ...
The Prosecutor
Robert Windsor ...
Bailiff
Sid Lynas ...
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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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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The basic plot as well as many of the name of the brewing company are references to William Shakespeare's "Hamlet". The castle in "Hamlet" was Elsinore. The heir to Elsinore's father was murdered by her uncle, who then comes to her as a ghost. In Hamlet, the uncle's name was Claudius, and in the movie he is named Claude. See more »

Goofs

When Doug and Bob go off the end of the wharf in the van, all interior shots show the rear doors closed and all the exterior shots show the rear doors open. See more »

Quotes

Doug McKenzie: [after pouring a beer for their dad into a glass from a dog dish] You take it to him.
Bob McKenzie: No way, you take it to him.
Doug McKenzie: No, you.
Bob McKenzie: [both holding the glass] No! I'm gonna let go. I'm lettin' go and you're takin it.
Doug McKenzie: No! I'm lettin' go.
Bob McKenzie: Let go then.
Doug McKenzie: [both let go and the glass smashes] Dad! Bob broke your beer!
Bob McKenzie: No I didn't! Doug broke it!
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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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Spoofs Mad Max (1979) See more »

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Strange Brew
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Composed & Performed by Ian Thomas
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It's a Jelly...
15 June 2002 | by (Detroit) – See all my reviews

"How's it goin', eh". Those of us blessed to live within the TV reception area of the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) had been privy to Bob & Doug on SCTV long before this movie was released. The running gag on SCTV was that Bob & Doug wandered into the studio one day, the star of a live talkshow was absent and the station manager threw the brothers on stage to fill the dead air. They were a hit and soon were given their own show-within-a-show called "The Great White North". In short order they demanded star treatment as they understood it and soon the stage was surrounded by cases of beer, boxes of donuts and the guys had a campstove to cook Canadian bacon on. Classic. Each show they would have their 'topic of the day' and discuss important issues like 'snow routes', bottled beer verus canned and other things Canadian. You just can't help but love these innocent buffoons. This was the basis of Strangebrew. As silly comedies go, this one is a benchmark. No swearing, hilariously cheesy effects and bathroom humor that is actually funny and not disgusting (see American Pie if you want disgusting). What amazes me is that EVERY single scene with Bob & Doug is funny. Some scenes are truly classic. The dialogue and nuance of this film is so easy to imitate you'll find yourself doing it with friends who have also shared this gem of a film and laughing yourself silly. ("Did you see the way she was looking at me...") See this film, you'll thank me, eh.


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