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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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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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$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 Claude is talking to Bob and Doug, and telling them about Pam's birthday party, and how to get to it, he refers to her as his daughter. Pam is actually his niece, and at most his step-daughter, now that he has married her mother. See more »

Quotes

Bob McKenzie: [to Pam] If I didn't have puke breath, I'd kiss you.
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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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Strange Brew
Title Song
Composed & Performed by Ian Thomas
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A cult classic!
18 January 2003 | by (Portland, OR) – 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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