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Strange Brew

US DVD release for Strange Brew.
Directed by Rick Moranis
Dave Thomas
Produced by Louis M. Silverstein
Written by Rick Moranis
Dave Thomas
Steve DeJarnatt
Starring Rick Moranis
Dave Thomas
Max Von Sydow
Paul Dooley
Lynne Griffin
Angus MacInnes
Tom Harvey
Douglas Campbell
Music by Charles Fox
Cinematography Steven B. Poster
Editing by Patrick McMahon
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) August 26, 1983 (USA)
Running time 90 min.
Language English
Budget $ 4,000,000 (estimated)
Gross profits $8,571,374 (USA)
IMDb profile

Strange Brew is a 1983 film starring the popular SCTV characters Bob & Doug McKenzie, played by Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis, who also directed. Max von Sydow co-stars. The story is loosely based on the Shakespearean play Hamlet, with the McKenzie Brothers taking the roles of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Image File history File links Strange Brew DVD cover This image is of a DVD cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the DVD or the studio which produced the movie in question. ... Frederick Alan Rick Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian comic actor best known for his work on SCTV and in films such as Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and My Blue Heaven. ... See the David Thomas disambiguation page for other people with this name. ... Frederick Alan Rick Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian comic actor best known for his work on SCTV and in films such as Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and My Blue Heaven. ... See the David Thomas disambiguation page for other people with this name. ... Frederick Alan Rick Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian comic actor best known for his work on SCTV and in films such as Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and My Blue Heaven. ... See the David Thomas disambiguation page for other people with this name. ...  , (born April 10, 1929) is an Academy-Award nominated Swedish actor, known in particular for his collaboration with filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. ... Paul Dooley (fore) as Enabran Tain in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine See Paul Dooley (Australian rules footballer) for the Western Bulldogs footballer. ... Lynne Griffin is a Canadian actress. ... Angus MacInnes is an American actor whos most major role was playing Gold Leader in the original Star Wars ... For others named Douglas Campbell see Douglas Campbell (disambiguation) Douglas Lloyd Campbell (May 27, 1895-April 23, 1995) was a Manitoba politician. ... Category: ... Patrice MacMahon, duc de Magenta President of France, 1873-1879 Marie Edmé Patrice Maurice MacMahon, duc de Magenta, Marshal of France (July 13, 1808 - October 16, 1893) was a Frenchman of Irish descent. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... August 26 is the 238th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (239th in leap years). ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Cream was a 1960s British rock band, which consisted of guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. ... Disraeli Gears is the second album by British blues-rock group Cream. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Great White North album cover Bob & Doug McKenzie were a pair of fictional Canadian brothers who hosted The Great White North, a sketch which was introduced on Second City Television for the shows third season when it moved to the CBC in 1980. ... See the David Thomas disambiguation page for other people with this name. ... Frederick Alan Rick Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian comic actor best known for his work on SCTV and in films such as Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and My Blue Heaven. ...  , (born April 10, 1929) is an Academy-Award nominated Swedish actor, known in particular for his collaboration with filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. ... Shakespeare redirects here. ... Hamlet is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, and is one of his best-known and most-quoted plays. ... Rosencrantz is a minor fictional character from William Shakespeares tragedy Hamlet. ... Guildenstern is a minor fictional character from William Shakespeares tragedy Hamlet. ...


Story

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Two adult brothers, Bob and Doug McKenzie, are in a bind when they run out of beer and have already given away the beer money given to them by their father. The brothers place a mouse in a beer bottle in an attempt to get free beer. The brothers try to get their beer at a local beer store but are told to take it up with the brewery. After presenting the evidence to management at Elsinore brewery, the brothers are given jobs on the line to inspect the bottles for issues such as mice. Great White North album cover with Bob (left) and Doug McKenzie (right) Bob and Doug McKenzie were a pair of fictional Canadian brothers who hosted The Great White North, a sketch which was introduced on SCTV for the shows third season when it moved to the CBC in 1980. ... A selection of bottled beers A selection of cask beers Beer is the worlds oldest[1] and most popular[2] alcoholic beverage, selling more than 133 billion litres (35 billion gallons) per year - producing total global revenues of $331. ... In the broadest sense, a fraud is a deception made for personal gain. ... A The Beer Store location in Ottawa Brewers Retail Inc. ... Kronborg Castle Helsingør , also known by its English anglo name Elsinore, is a city in Helsingør municipality on the northeast coast of the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark. ... The entrance of a brewery. ... 1913 Ford Model T assembly line. ...


What they are unaware of is a plot by Brewmeister Smith (von Sydow) to take over the world by placing chemicals in the beer which, while otherwise rendering the consumer docile, causes him or her to attack others when the appropriate music is played. (Thus the title "Strange Brew"). Smith tests this beer on patients of the conveniently-located Royal Canadian Institute for the Mentally Insane.


Meanwhile, a second plot is in action which is inspired by and somewhat resembles the plot of Hamlet. The former brewery owner dies and his daughter (Lynne Griffin) turns 21, giving her full control of the brewery. Her uncle (Paul Dooley) married the widowed wife and is reluctant to give up his recently-gained control (although he is really just a pawn to Brewmeister Smith). Bob and Doug are caught in the middle of these plots and maintain a close relationship with the daughter, stumbling upon the revelation of her father's murder, a onetime hockey great (Angus MacInnes) now under Smith's control, and the Brewmeister's plot for world domination. Plenty of comedy ensues, including a skunk-painted dog and a tongue-in-cheek ghost. Hamlet is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, and is one of his best-known and most-quoted plays. ... Lynne Griffin is a Canadian actress. ... Paul Dooley (fore) as Enabran Tain in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine See Paul Dooley (Australian rules footballer) for the Western Bulldogs footballer. ... Angus MacInnes is an American actor whos most major role was playing Gold Leader in the original Star Wars ... Look up megalomania in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ...

Spoilers end here.

A loose framework story style is employed in the movie; the opening shows the McKenzies at the "Great White North" movie premier, which they return to at the close of the main story.


The movie's theme song was performed by Dave Thomas' brother, rock singer-songwriter Ian Thomas. The McKenzie's father is voiced by famous voice actor Mel Blanc. Ian Thomas (born 1950) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actor. ... Melvin Jerome Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was a prolific American voice actor, performing on radio, in television commercials, and most famously, in hundreds of cartoon shorts for Warner Bros. ...


The character Claude Elsinore, who married his late brother's wife and is vying for control of the brewery, is named after the uncle in Hamlet, Claudius, who in the play killed his brother and married his wife, and assumes control of the kingdom. Likewise, Mrs. Elsinore's first name is Gertrude, also the name of Hamlet's mother in the play. Furthermore, the name of the company, Elsinore, is also the name of the Danish castle in Hamlet.


External links

  • Strange Brew at the Internet Movie Database
  • Comparison to Hamlet
  • Bob and Doug McKenzie website, pictures, clips, and information

  Results from FactBites:
 
The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (1983) (504 words)
The basic plot as well as many of the name of the brewing company are references to William Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
The heir to Elsinore's father was murdered by her uncle, who then comes to her as a ghost.
Strange Brew is yet again one of those movies that I have been watching since I was a kid and it has not lost any of it's charm.
Strange Brew (1983) (1513 words)
Brew mixes in some of those moments, but mostly it comes across like something created by a couple of guys with too much time on their hands.
Strange Brew proves that assumption to be incorrect.
Strange Brew appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, single-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions.
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