Strange Brew

Strange Brew

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Cast: Max von Sydow, Paul Dooley

     
 

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Purporting to be loosely based on Hamlet, Strange Brew is about an evil braumeister at the Elsinore Brewery who has discovered an additive that when guzzled in beer, allows the drinkers to be easily controlled. Braumeister Smith (Max von Sydow) has a plan to take over the world with his new brew, and only the Great White hosers of the North, Bob and DougSee more details below

Overview

Purporting to be loosely based on Hamlet, Strange Brew is about an evil braumeister at the Elsinore Brewery who has discovered an additive that when guzzled in beer, allows the drinkers to be easily controlled. Braumeister Smith (Max von Sydow) has a plan to take over the world with his new brew, and only the Great White hosers of the North, Bob and Doug McKenzie (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) -- with their plaid shirts, ski toques, fur-lined parkas, and addiction to beer -- can stop the dastardly plan, sober or not. There are several jabs at "hoseheads" and the business of movie-making, including an epilogue that critiques the film itself. Strange Brew found a cult audience with fans of the Second City comedy troupe, of which Moranis and Thomas were members.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The performers are the key to this film's success. Moranis and Thomas have a fantastic chemistry. One gets the sense that much of the material was improvised, but the two have been doing this so long that they don't step on each other's lines. There is a respect between the two that translates into a believable sibling relationship on the screen. Their grounded-in-reality interaction helps sell the more wild jokes in the film (Bob drinking an entire vat of beer, their dog Hosehead flying, and the boys' survival techniques when trapped in their van at the bottom of a lake). The casting in the film is inspired. Paul Dooley is a fine comic actor, Mel Blanc provides the voice for Mr. McKenzie, and as the bad guy threatening to take over the world with beer, Max Von Sydow chews scenery in his own intense, imploding style. The characters of Bob and Doug McKenzie were created by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas while they were working on SCTV. The two actors would don the costumes late at night after all of the other taping had been completed. They would improvise two-minute conversations between the characters about a given topic. While 25 or so of them would be taped at each session, only one or two from every batch were good enough to put on the air. Strange Brew is certainly not perfect; however, it is well crafted, lovingly performed, and chock full of jokes ranging from the ridiculous (the aftermath from drinking four-month-old chocolate milk) to the sublime (their fantastic two-minute conversation that plays over the closing credits). With Strange Brew, Moranis and Thomas pull off something that very few gifted sketch comics have. They created a funny 91-minute movie out of material that was never supposed to last longer than two.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/1999
UPC:
0027616741738
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Warner)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dave Thomas Doug McKenzie
Rick Moranis Bob McKenzie
Max von Sydow Brewmeister Smith
Paul Dooley Claude Elsinore
Lynne Griffin Pam Elsinore
Angus MacInnes Jean LaRose
Tom Harvey Inspector
Douglas Campbell Henry Green
Brian McConnachie Ted
Len Doncheff Jack Hawkland
Jill Frappier Gertrude
David Beard Judge
Thick Wilson Prosecutor
Mel Blanc Mr. McKenzie
John Stoneham Orderly
Sid Lynas Angry Man at Moie
Ron James Man in Movie
David Clement Man in Alley
Roger Dunn Beer Store Clerk
Diane Douglass Receptionist
Eric House John Elsinore
J. Winston Carroll Fire Chief
Glenn Beck Prison Guard
David Rigby Policeman
Denis Forest Policeman
John Kelly Policeman
Dick Grant Policeman
Tom Bell Hospital Orderly
Dora Dainton Lady in Movie

Technical Credits
Rick Moranis Director,Screenwriter
Dave Thomas Director,Screenwriter
Eric Allard Special Effects
Marc Dassas Production Designer,Production Manager
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Steve De Jarnatt Screenwriter
Charles Fox Score Composer
Brian Frankish Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Linda Gill Makeup
Debra Gjendem Art Director
Kathleen Graham Makeup
Jack Grossberg Executive Producer
Elena Kenney Set Decoration/Design
Patrick McMahon Editor
Gus Meunier Set Decoration/Design
Henry Pierrig Special Effects
Steven Poster Cinematographer,Screenwriter
Louis M. Silverstein Producer
Suzanna Smith Art Director
David Snyder Production Designer
Ian Thomas Songwriter
Larry Wells Costumes/Costume Designer

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