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Going Berserk (1983)

A drummer/chauffeur engaged to a congressman's daughter encounters a sleazy film director, the leader of an aerobics cult, and other crazed characters during the days leading up to his wedding.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Candy ... John Bourgignon
Joe Flaherty ... Chick Leff
Eugene Levy ... Sal DiPasquale
Alley Mills ... Nancy Reese
Pat Hingle ... Ed Reese
Ann Bronston Ann Bronston ... Patti Reese
Eve Brent ... Mrs. Reese (as Eve Brent Ashe)
Elizabeth Kerr ... Grandmother Reese
Richard Libertini ... Rev. Sun Yi Day
Dixie Carter ... Angela
Paul Dooley ... Dr. Ted
Ronald E. House Ronald E. House ... Bruno
Kurtwood Smith ... Clarence
Ernie Hudson ... Muhammed Jerome Willy
Gloria Gifford ... Francine
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Storyline

Limo driver John Bourgignon is engaged to Nancy Reese. Her father, Congressman Ed Reese, is running for president and crusading against cult leader Sun Yi. Misadventure and intrigue stalk John and Nancy's path to the altar. Written by Anonymous

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The good, the bad, and the stupid.

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drums Over Malta See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$234,950, 2 October 1983

Gross USA:

$234,950
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Candy was originally offered the Louis role in Ghostbusters but turned it down. He has however worked with all primary cast members of Ghostbusters. Bill Murray and Harold Ramis in stripes (1981), Dan Aykroyd in the great outdoors(1988), Annie Potts in Whos Harry Crumb (1989) and Ernie Hudson in this. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Ted: [Holding John over a ledge] You see that Pinto?
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Crazy Credits

The entire plot of the movie is told in a rap song during the opening credit:

Well John's the lead in this meaty scene He's the Candyman, if you know what I mean. And he drives a long black limousine With his sidekick Chick! [car horn sound] Now John's the drummer out in the street, But the man can't even keep a beat So he spins his wheels to make ends meet. You got it? [Woman's voice: "Huh?"] Stay with me now! John's got a pretty little fiancée. When her daddy's trying to pull a power play, And if Big Daddy gets his way, Our man John will be wearing cement shooooooes! See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK video version was cut by 15 secs to remove footage of nunchakus. The cuts were waived for the 2007 Universal DVD. See more »

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Stupid but funny
27 June 2002 | by Alberto-7See all my reviews

John Candy. Need we say more? He is the main reason you should see this film. Most people don't realize how gifted he was as an actor. Witness him changing from poor slob to horny jerk. Just a simple(subtle) facial change and off we go. There are many great bits in this movie and many really dumb bits. The best moments for me are the KUNG FU U scenes as well as the great moment when John(in a trance) goes up on stage and talks about how much he loves his girlfriend-that is how much he and his genitals love his girlfriend. I'm sure reading this you might think this sequence sounds really crude. It is, but it is also very funny mainly because it is John Candy doing this bit. The story in general is pretty lame and Eugene Levy and Joe Flaherty(both SCTV alumni with Candy) are not given enough to do in the film. Levy has his moments, especially filming the wedding at the end(think Rod Serling) and the great scene when he is talking to his mother on the phone. Overall a good movie if you have had a tough day and need to put your brain on stupid. I give this one 4 out of 10.


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