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Strange Brew (1983)

The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (original title)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Tom Harvey ... The Inspector
Douglas Campbell Douglas Campbell ... Henry Green
Brian McConnachie Brian McConnachie ... Ted
Len Doncheff ... Jack Hawkland
Jill Frappier ... Gertrude
David Beard David Beard ... The Judge
Thick Wilson Thick Wilson ... The Prosecutor
Robert Windsor ... Bailiff
Sid Lynas Sid Lynas ... Angry Man at Movie
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Something funny is brewing at Elsinore Castle... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strange Brew See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,571,374, 31 December 1983
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas were not going to direct or write the film but ended up doing both with the guidance of executive producer Jack Grossberg, who had produced films by Mel Brooks and Woody Allen. They were subsequently given a budget of $5 million. See more »

Goofs

The first time Doug plays the game, the display shows Pam Elsinore "Level 6" 211,059 and she exclaims her birthday is 21-Oct-59. The screen clears and redraws showing John Elsinore "Level 7" 040483 (no commas) and Pam Elsinore "Level 6" 070483. When Pam looks at it the second time (later scene), she says 04-Apr-1983 is the date her father (John) died. The 070483 does not appear the second time and there is no explanation for what - if anything - happened to her on 07-Apr-1983. See more »

Quotes

Doug McKenzie: See, if you'd stick to your 12-point maintinence program, eh, then we wouldn't have to jump-start you like this. Oh, no, you had to do it your way... you think you know everything, eh.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in American Beer (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

O Canada
(uncredited)
Music by Calixa Lavallée
French lyrics by Adolphe-Basile Routhier
English lyrics by Robert Stanley Weir
Performed by Dave Thomas (as Doug McKenzie)
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User Reviews

This is my favorite move of all time
25 May 2004 | by treelineresidingSee all my reviews

I don't see how anyone can dislike this movie. It is laugh out loud fun from beginning to end and there is not a single scene that is not hilarious. This team sure shows what a positive affect alcohol has on Canadian comedians. I would have to say this is the best movie ever made and I give it an A++ for effort, hilarity, and genius, eh. The reason it is so great is that it is incomparable to any other movie of its comedy genre. It is a journey into the world of two brothers who have never been apart, and their adventures. While trying to get beer for their father, they stumble upon Elsinore Brewery, and get jobs checking for rodents in the bottles. While there, they discover some strange things are happening at the brewery. It is a must see for all ages.


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