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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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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 ... Jerome Willy Muhammed
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:

R | See all certifications »

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$234,950, 2 October 1983
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the night-club was "The Chi-Chi Club". See more »

Quotes

John Bourgignon: 'Scuse me, I'm looking for a guy named Skipper.
Skipper: I'm a guy named Skipper.
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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? [Girl's voice: "Huh?"] Stay with me now! John's got a pretty little fiancé. When her daddy's trying to pull a power play, And if Big Daddy gets his way, Our man John will be wearing seaman's 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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Spoofs Father Knows Best (1954) See more »

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SILENT RUNNING
Performed by Dixie Carter
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Remarkably Stupid, On Purpose!
2 September 2006 | by criticman2000See all my reviews

You should not take what I am about to say lightly. I've seen many, many films and have reviewed a great deal of them, in print. So when I tell you that this film has the single funniest scene I have ever seen in a movie, you might want to listen to me. There's a lot of diversity of opinion as to what makes this INCREDIBLY stupid movie as funny as it is. And to those who just didn't get, well, I can't blame them, too much. The scene I speak of, comes at about the 30 minute mark and involves a dead convict shackled to John Candy. Up until that point, I had found the film dumb, confusing and it was beginning to lose me. When this scene came up, I laughed so hard, I peed my pants. No movie has ever done that to me before. When the project began, "Going Berserk" was supposed to be the SCTV movie. I remember it being announced. As time went on, the cast was whittled down To John Candy, Joe Flaherty & Eugene Levy. There also must have been a regime change at Universal, while it was being shot, because upon being released, it was shown in nearly ZERO theaters. When watching this a second time, I listened to the theme song (which actually flaunts how incomprehensible the plot is, in the lyrics), relaxed my logic nerve and figured out what was going on. Aside from the aforementioned routine, "Going Berserk" has many other hilarious scenes to recommend it. This is almost a 3 Stooges flick, except it's much funnier. Director David Steinberg has razor sharp timing, and he must have been laughing all through this. As for Candy, who's basically in charge here, he has NEVER been funnier. With all the plot devices and explanatory scenes thrown out the window, he absolutely runs wild. Flaherty and Levy follow him effortlessly. There is a plot, but it's a plot like "Animal House" had a plot, and yeah, the script is uneven, and a little slow to start. Once you know this, however, you can well appreciate the full SCTV style craziness that transpires. It IS stupid, but it's stupid on purpose, and you need to remember that when you see it. DO see it, and discover for yourself, if it has the funniest scene of all time in it.


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