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Strange Brew Details


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

  • Release date:August 19, 1983


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 Inspector
Brian McConnachie
as Ted
Len Doncheff
as Jack Hawkland
Jill Frappier
as Gertrude
Thick Wilson
as Prosecutor
Mel Blanc
as Mr. McKenzie
Roger Dunn
as Beer Store Clerk
Dick Grant
as Policeman
Glenn Beck
as Prison Guard
John Stoneham
as Orderly
Denis Forest
as Policeman
Eric House
as John Elsinore
Diane Douglass
as Receptionist
David Clement
as Man in Alley
David Rigby
as Policeman
Tom Bell
as Hospital Orderly
Ron James
as Man in Movie
J. Winston Carroll
as Fire Chief
Sid Lynas
as Angry Man at Moie
Dora Dainton
as Lady in Movie
John Kelly
as Policeman


Dave Thomas
Rick Moranis
Louis M. Silverstein
Jack Grossberg
Steven Poster
Steve De Jarnatt
Rick Moranis
Dave Thomas
Steven Poster
Patrick McMahon
Marc Dassas
Production Designer
Debra Gjendem
Art Director
Brian Frankish
Associate Producer
Jack Grossberg
Executive Producer
Gus Meunier
Set Designer
David Lee
Sound/Sound Designer
Henry Pierrig
Special Effects
Eric Allard
Special Effects
Brian Frankish
First Assistant Director
Marc Dassas
Production Manager
Kathleen Graham
Larry Pall
Second Unit Director
Linda Gill