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Strange Brew (1983)




Critic Consensus: Though lowbrow in intent and outcome, Strange Brew effectively mines laughs from its unique premise and likeable stars.

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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 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. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

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Dave Thomas
as Doug McKenzie
Rick Moranis
as Bob McKenzie
Max von Sydow
as Brewmeister Smith
Paul Dooley
as Claude Elsinore
Lynne Griffin
as Pam Elsinore
Angus MacInnes
as Jean LaRose
Tom Harvey
as The Inspector
Douglas Campbell
as Henry Green
Len Doncheff
as Jack Hawkland
Jill Frappier
as Gertrude
David Beard
as The Judge
Thick Wilson
as The Prosecutor
Eric House
as John Elsinore
Sid Lynas
as Angry Man at Movie
Ron James
as Man in Movie
Dora Dainton
as Lady in Movie
David Clement
as Man in the Alley
Paddy Sampson
as Pensioner
Roger Dunn
as Beer Store Clerk
Diane Douglass
as Receptionist
James Conroy
as Bald Con
Glenn Beck
as Prison Guard
Desh Bandhu
as Parking Attendant
Ilija Ilijevski
as M.C. at Oktoberfest
Thom Bell
as Hospital Orderly #1
Christopher Benson Reed
as Hospital Orderly #2
John Stoneham
as Hospital Orderly #3
David Rigby
as Policeman #1
Denis Forest
as Policeman #2
John Kelly
as Policeman #3
Dick Grant
as Policeman #4
George Stinton
as Policeman #5
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Critic Reviews for Strange Brew

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (3)

The plotline (derived from Hamlet) soon goes flat.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

The price of a ticket could buy enough beer for an experience at least as memorable as this one.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

[A] funny movie about a couple of Canadians who sit around and drink a lot.

March 10, 2003 | Full Review…

This is a silly, goofy, innocent comic classic.

September 24, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4.0 | Full Review…

Classic '80s send-up of Canada; lots of beer drinking.

February 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Overall, I'm not sure anyone picking up Strange Brew cold right now without any prior exposure to the characters would even be able to tell what they're looking at. I still find it entertaining, and I love Rick Moranis in the film in particular.

August 17, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Strange Brew


So stupid

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Follow the idiot McKenzie brothers on this incredibly dumb journey, this is a stupid Canadian comedy masterpiece, hoser!

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

A memorable Hamlet adaptation. Great and silly.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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