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Strange Brew -- SCTV alum Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas portray the classic Canadian beer-guzzling duo, the MacKenzie Brothers, as they try to stop a mad beer brewer from gaining control of the world.
Strange Brew -- 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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Release Date:
26 August 1983 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dave Thomas ... Doug McKenzie

Rick Moranis ... Bob McKenzie

Max von Sydow ... Brewmeister Smith (as Max Von Sydow)

Paul Dooley ... Claude Elsinore

Lynne Griffin ... Pam Elsinore

Angus MacInnes ... Jean LaRose
Tom Harvey ... The Inspector
Douglas Campbell ... Henry Green
Brian McConnachie ... Ted

Len Doncheff ... Jack Hawkland

Jill Frappier ... Gertrude
David Beard ... The Judge
Thick Wilson ... The Prosecutor
Robert Windsor ... Bailiff
Sid Lynas ... Angry Man at Movie
Ron James ... Man in Movie
Dora Dainton ... Lady in Movie

David Clement ... Man in the Alley
Paddy Sampson ... Pensioner
Roger Dunn ... Beer Store Clerk
Diane Douglass ... Receptionist
Eric House ... John Elsinore
J. Winston Carroll ... Fire Chief
James Conroy ... Bald Con
Glenn Beck ... Prison Guard
Desh Bandhu ... Parking Attendant
Ilija Ilijevski ... M.C. at Oktoberfest

Mary Charlotte Wilcox ... Nurse
Maggie Butterfield ... Nurse

David Rigby ... Policeman

Denis Forest ... Policeman
John Kelly ... Policeman
Dick Grant ... Policeman
George Stinton ... Policeman
Thom Bell ... Hospital Orderly
Chris Benson ... Hospital Orderly (as Christopher Benson)

John Stoneham Sr. ... Hospital Orderly (as John Stoneham)

Buddy the Dog ... Hosehead the Dog

Mel Blanc ... Voice of Mr. McKenzie (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marshall Perlmuter ... Janitor in Brewery (uncredited)

Directed by
Rick Moranis 
Dave Thomas 
Writing credits
Rick Moranis (written by) &
Dave Thomas (written by) and
Steve De Jarnatt (written by) (as Steven De Jarnatt)

Produced by
Brian E. Frankish .... associate producer (as Brian Frankish)
Jack Grossberg .... executive producer
Louis M. Silverstein .... producer
Original Music by
Charles Fox 
Cinematography by
Steven Poster (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Patrick McMahon 
Casting by
Pamela M. Roberts 
Production Design by
David L. Snyder 
Art Direction by
Debra Gjendem 
Suzanna Smith 
Stephen Dane (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Elena Kenney 
Gustave Meunier 
Costume Design by
Larry S. Wells  (as Larry Wells)
Makeup Department
Linda Gill .... makeup artist
Kathleen Graham .... makeup artist
Bron Roylance .... makeup artist
Malcolm Tanner .... hairdresser
Production Management
Marc Dassas .... production manager
Jack Grossberg .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry V. Bring .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Edwina Follows .... assistant director
Brian E. Frankish .... assistant director (as Brian Frankish)
David McLeod .... assistant director (as David A. MacLeod)
Larry Pall .... second unit director
Art Department
Jack E. Ackerman .... property master: special photography unit (as Jack Ackerman)
Paul Chadwick .... production illustrator
George Miller .... construction manager
Walter Woloszczuk .... property master
Sound Department
Marty Church .... adr mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Jay M. Harding .... re-recording mixer
David Lee .... sound mixer
Leonard Peterson .... re-recording mixer
John Riordan .... sound editor
Art Rochester .... sound mixer: special photography unit
Steve Switzer .... boom operator (as Steven Switzer)
Gregory H. Watkins .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Eric Allard .... special effects: special photography unit
Henry Piersig .... special effects
Frank Toro .... special effects
Visual Effects by
John C. Wash .... animator: special photography unit (as John Wash)
Matthew Yuricich .... matte artist: special photography unit
Bill Couch .... stunt coordinator: special photography unit
Peter Cox .... stunt player
Ted Hanlan .... stunt player
Anne Lore Kemsies .... stunt player
Doug Knispel .... stunt player
Karen Pike .... stunt player
Gary Reidt .... stunt player
David Rigby .... stunt player
Albert Texiera .... stunt player
Jérôme Tiberghien .... stunt player (as Jerome Tiberghien)
Shelley Cook .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
David Rigby .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Boyle .... gaffer
Michael Brady .... video tape operator
David Devine .... video unit: Devine Videoworks Corp.
Henri Fiks .... camera operator
John Grierson .... camera operator: video
Rhonda C. Gunner .... video: special photography unit (as Rhonda Gunner)
J. Barry Herron .... underwater camera operator: special photography unit (as J. Barry Heron)
Ted Holt .... gaffer: special photography unit
Malcolm Kendall .... best boy
Jay Kohne .... assistant camera
Gregory L. McMurry .... video: special photography unit (as Greg McMurray)
Richard Mozer .... video unit: Devine Videoworks Corp.
Andrew Mulkani .... key grip
Thom Ryan .... assistant camera
Tim Ryan .... grip: special photography unit
Robert Saad .... camera operator
Neil Seale .... assistant camera
Peter Smith .... assistant camera: special photography unit
Shin Sugino .... still photographer
Wayne Baker .... special photography unit (uncredited)
Gary Deneault .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Clibby Verian .... extras casting (as Clibby Verrian)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erla Lank .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Bruce Baggot .... assistant editor
Evan Landis .... assistant editor
Bruce Lange .... assistant editor
Ray Martin .... color timer
Beverly Webb .... post-production secretary: special photography unit
Music Department
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
Scott Stambler .... music editor
Transportation Department
John Cocks .... transportation coordinator
Randy Peters .... transportation coordinator: special photography unit
Other crew
Catherine Avola .... production staff
Duncan Bruce .... production staff
Jesse Cohoon .... craft service
Marc Conway .... animal trainer
Doreen Davis .... production accountant
Karen Day .... location auditor
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Penelope Hynam .... script supervisor
Susan Kavesh .... production office coordinator
Janice Polley .... production secretary
Charlie Royer .... dive coordinator: special photography unit
Woody Sidarous .... production staff
Robert Veer .... technical advisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew" - Canada (original title)
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90 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Iceland:L | Singapore:PG | UK:PG | USA:PG (No. 26857) | West Germany:12

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 »
Revealing mistakes: When Bob McKenzie belches and blows the side off the large beer tank, one of the poles connected to that side is clearly visible moving before the rest of the wall, thereby pulling it off.See more »
Doug McKenzie:[to the rough-looking convicts in their jail cell] Chimp here does the killin'. I don't like to kill. I'm the brains, eh? Like, we got over five billion dollars in our hideout, only some of the money's marked, eh, so we're not spendin' it. We's just waitin'.
Bald con:Youse guys like a smoke?
Doug McKenzie:No, eh? We want our lungs to be pink when they fry us. Hey, we told 'em we didn't want a lawyer. Chimp here probably just kill him anyway.
Doug McKenzie:Lawyers are for sucks.
Bailiff:Hey, McKenzie brothers. Your lawyer is here.
[Doug and Bob run out of the cell as the convicts relize too late that they were fooled]
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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
You hoser, this movies over 10 years old., 13 September 2006
Author: cobitt from NY, NY

Let's break this down into the "positive" and "potentially negative if you're a glass is half empty type"

"Potentially negative if you're a glass is half empty type"

- Perceived length - First of all let me just say, I can't believe that the run-time of this movie is only 90 minutes. If you sit down to watch it, you'll swear it was 2 ½ hours long.

- Overall quality - The budget looks pretty slim.

- Fart jokes - If you hate the stupidity of Beavis and Butthead you'll hate Bob and Doug.

- Soundtrack - Horrible theme song, absolutely horrible.


- Perceived length - You'll swear the movie is 2 ½ hours long. There is so much going on and the plot is so intricate, albeit borrowed. It ends up feeling like about 4 different movies combined into one.

- Brotherhood hilarity - This perfectly captures the interactions of young siblings and/or close friends, especially the larger and smaller dynamic. I mean come on, who has never been "steamrolled" as a child?

- Beer drinking - If you want something to make drinking beer seem more exciting, watch this movie. For an added bonus, try the Strange Brew drinking game while watching the movie.

- Repeat watchings – As with any favorite movie, Strange Brew lends itself to repeated watchings where subtleties and nuances that were previously overlooked can now be enjoyed. Strange Brew continues to grow on you the more times you watch it.

The positives could go on and on. Watch it yourself and see. Watch it all at once. Watch it in pieces. Watch it!!!!

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