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Strange Brew (1983)

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

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The McKenzie brothers beer up under misfortune. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Sci-Fi


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Eh? was spoken 174 times in this movie. See more »


The van that goes into the water is clearly a different model of van (longer by at least a foot) than the van the brothers drive earlier in the film. See more »


Brewmeister Smith: [shadowing Bob and Doug, and waiting outside their house for what seems like hours] What the *stink* are they *doing* in there?
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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 »


Referenced in The Life of Mentos Man (2016) See more »


O Canada
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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Even stupider now.
22 November 2002 | by Muffy-5See all my reviews

The last time I saw "Strange Brew" was when it appeared on one of the Canadian Pay TV channels...and I hated it. It was chaotic, confusing, silly, and dumb. I mean, using music and drugged beer to force mental patients to fight while playing hockey? Some skinny woman's father coming back as a ghost and using a videogame to speak to people? A flying dog? I dismissed it.

But now, with the fullness of time and maturity, I've watched it again and I can say with confidence that it's STILL chaotic, confusing, silly, and dumb...but it's also hilarious!

This movie captures the sort of ad hoc, "yeah, whatever" style of SCTV, which could get dull over time, but the hosers have managed to draw it out for 90 minutes by putting in a lot of rich detail (what confused me as a child were the references to Hamlet, mainly), endlessly quotable dialogue, and scenes that are just plain funny (I particularly like the nurses arguing about whose responsibility it is to remove dead patients from their beds). I usually find "dumb" humour annoying, but Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis are so GOOD -- almost subtle -- at being dumb, and so lovable at the same time, that even the fart/booze/puke jokes became funny.

And what's more, the movie is WEIRD. If anybody can explain why Hosehead the dog ROLLS up the edge of the roof, please let me know, because it's giving me nightmares. And am I the only one who's noticed pointed musical references to Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" (when they first see Elsinore Brewery, and when Rosie and Pam are reunited again, the score sounds almost EXACTLY like similar moments in "Young Frankenstein"...but not QUITE exactly...)

I recommend this movie to anybody who can handle some dumb with their wit, in just the right amounts. The DVD features a preview for their upcoming cartoon which looks spectacularly unfunny, so please don't judge them on that.

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Release Date:

26 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,913,389, 28 August 1983

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Stereo


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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