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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

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 despite the film taking place in 1984. The McKenzie 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 »

Goofs

The definition that Claude Elsinore gives for catatonic schizophrenia (referring to Pam) is word-for-word the exact same as the definition that Brewmeister Smith later gives for paranoid schizophrenia (referring to Bob and Doug). Although one may think that this is because of Claude Elsinore's lack of education in psychology, the definition is actually a better fit for catatonic schizophrenia than for paranoid schizophrenia, so Brewmeister Smith, the psychiatrist, is farther off than Elsinore. See more »

Quotes

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.
[scoffs]
Doug McKenzie: Lawyers are for sucks.
Bailiff: Hey, McKenzie brothers. Your lawyer is here.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits roll, we see Bob and Doug drive away with a beer truck. After a few seconds, the film cuts to The Great White North set and Bob and Doug give their explanations for the various film credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Life of Mentos Man (2016) 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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You hoser, this movies over 10 years old.
13 September 2006 | by cobittSee all my reviews

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.


"Positive"

  • 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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