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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.

Director:

David Steinberg
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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.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of just a few theatrical features directed by David Steinberg who mostly works in television. This movie was Steinberg's second cinema movie, the first having being the then recent Burt Reynolds comedy Paternity (1981). See more »

Quotes

Margaret Anderson: Beaver, what's wrong? You're covered with blood!
Beaver: Yeah, I know. It's Wally's blood. See, Wally and I were fixing his bike in the driveway and Dad came home and got real mad. So he took a gun out and killed Wally. Blew his head clean off his shoulders. His face is all over the garage door. It's a real mess.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in 500 Days of Summer (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Moon
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Performed by The Marcels
courtesy of Key Seven Music
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Laugh out loud movie! A guilty pleasure.
17 August 2003 | by asidebsideSee all my reviews

It's not the most sophisticated movie in the world but if you can get past that (and if you can find a copy!), "Going Berserk" is loaded with laughs. Candy's portrayal is offbeat and hilarious. Steinberg's script has absurdities in it that are hysterical. I laugh everytime I watch it even though I know what's coming next. Worth your while to seek it out and turn off the high-brow expectations we assign to most movies and just laugh.


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