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 ...
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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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26 August 1983 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


At one point, Bob says, "He saw Jedi 17 times, eh!" What isn't obvious now, is that Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) opened in May 1983, while production of "Strange Brew" had wrapped five months earlier, in December 1982. Not only hadn't the McKenzie brothers seen "Jedi" - but they couldn't refer to it by its full title, since the "Revenge"/"Return" issue was still up in the air while they were filming. See more »


Before entering Elsinore Brewery, Bob and Doug look up at the building and the Elsinore sign. The cut shot is clearly a fake picture which doesn't resemble the real building, and the "Elsinore" lettering is sized and centered differently in the two shots. See more »


Fire Chief: [after Bob has put out the fire at the brewery by urinating on it] It took you two minutes what would have taken us two hours. If you ever want a job, you come see me.
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits roll, we see Bob and Doug drive away with a beer truck. After a few seconds, the film cuts to The Great White North set and Bob and Doug give their explanations for the various film credits. See more »


Spun-off from SCTV Channel (1983) See more »


Strange Brew
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Composed & Performed by Ian Thomas
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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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