Going Berserk

Overview

In this comedy, a stuffy congressman is dismayed when he discovers that his beloved daughter intends to marry limousine driver John Bourgignon John Candy. While intending to put on a good show for his father-in-law to be, John is captured by some political opponents of the congressman. His capturers attempt to brainwash him into assassinating the congressmen, but things don't go exactly as planned.
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Overview

In this comedy, a stuffy congressman is dismayed when he discovers that his beloved daughter intends to marry limousine driver John Bourgignon John Candy. While intending to put on a good show for his father-in-law to be, John is captured by some political opponents of the congressman. His capturers attempt to brainwash him into assassinating the congressmen, but things don't go exactly as planned.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It's always disappointing when a movie that features people with genuine comedic talent turns out to be lame, but in Going Berserk's case, lame takes on a new meaning. It's practically criminal that Berserk is as wretched as it is. With the exception of perhaps two sequences, the film is simply abysmal. Those two exceptions are the kung fu movie send-up and the 1950s sitcom send-up, both of which provide genuine amusement, even if neither one really scores points for originality. Otherwise, the hoped-for sound of guffaws and chuckles and other forms of merriment from the audience is replaced with the frighteningly loud "thud" of gag after gag falling obscenely flat. Speaking of obscene, Berserk also must be noted for the low level of crudeness at which it frequently operates; we're talking the kind of mindset that 10-year-olf boys would find infantile. How all of this could come about when the film features such players as John Candy, Eugene Levy and Richard Libertini is hard to fathom, but Dana Olsen's banal screenplay manages to make it happen. David Steinberg's direction -- flat and boring -- also deserves some of the blame.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2010
  • UPC: 025192619625
  • Original Release: 1983
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,923

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Candy John Bourgignon
Eugene Levy Sal di Pasquale
Alley Mills Nancy Reese
Pat Hingle Ed Reese
Elizabeth Kerr Grandmother Ashe
Eve Brent Ashe Mrs. Reese
Ann Bronston Patti Reese
Richard Libertini Sun Yi
Dixie Carter Angela
Paul Dooley Dr. Ted
Mark Bringelson Mom, Jr.
Dan Burrows Minister
George Cheung
Brenda Currin Sal's Secretary
Elinor Donahue Margaret Anderson
Murphy Dunne Public Defender
Joe Flaherty Chick Leff
Gloria E. Gifford Francine
Leeyan Granger Aerobics Dancer
Lynn Hallowell Misty
Julius Harris Judge
Karen Leigh Hopkins Aerobics Leader
Ron House Bruno
Ernie Hudson Muhammed
Jeff Imada
Tino Insana Outside Biker
Aaron King Elvis Presley Lookalike
Archie Lang Man with Bag
Eric Lee
Ken Letner Bailiff
James Lew
Denise McKenna
Sarah M. Miles
Mike Moroff Biker Leader
Marianne Muellerleile Waitress
John Paragon Rooster
Jennifer Perito
Sharon Peters Dolly Parton Lookalike
Helene Phillips
Larry Poindexter Claudell
Natasha Ryan Kitten
Bill Saluga
Don Sherman Prisoner
Ade Small
Kurtwood Smith Clarence
Frantz Turner Wallace
Kathleen White
Peter Wilcox Elvis Lookalike
Danny Wong Kung Fu Fighter
Technical Credits
David Steinberg Director, Screenwriter
Bobby Byrne Cinematographer
Donn Cambern Editor
Harry Curtis Costumes/Costume Designer
Pierre David Executive Producer, Producer
Denise Di Novi Associate Producer, Producer
Claude Heroux Producer
Joe Kenworthy Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Kolsrud Asst. Director
Dana Olsen Screenwriter
Robert Preston Songwriter
Tom Scott Score Composer
James Shanahan Production Designer
Peter Smith Production Designer
Peter Lansdown Smith Production Designer
Lee Ving Songwriter
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