Going Berserk (1983)





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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. ~ Iotis Erlewine, Rovi
Comedy , Television
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Universal Studios

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John Candy
as John Bourgignon
Joe Flaherty
as Chick Leff
Eugene Levy
as Sal DiPasquale
Pat Hingle
as Ed Reese
Alley Mills
as Nancy Reese
Eve Brent Ashe
as Mrs. Reese
Elizabeth Kerr
as Grandmother Ashe
Dixie Carter
as Angela
Paul Dooley
as Dr. Ted
Ron House
as Bruno
Kurtwood Smith
as Clarence
Ernie Hudson
as Muhammed
Frantz Turner
as Wallace
Murphy Dunne
as Public Defender
Dan Burrows
as Minister
Leeyan Granger
as Aerobics Dancer
Bill Saluga
as Skipper
Kathy Bendett
as News Reporter
Brenda Currin
as Sal's Secretary
Hope Haves
as Princess
Natasha Ryan
as Kitten
John Paragon
as Rooster
Mimi Seton
as Pink Punker
Mike Moroff
as Biker Leader
Tino Insana
as Outside Biker
Larry Poindexter
as Claudell
Ken Letner
as Bailiff
Rosalind Chato
as Kung Fu Girl
Jeff Imada
as Kung Fu Fighter
George Kee Cheung
as Kung Fu Fighter
James Lew
as Kung Fu Fighter
Eric Lee
as Kung Fu Fighter
Danny Wong
as Kung Fu Fighter
Karen Leigh Hopkins
as Aerobics Leader
Peter Wilcox
as Elvis Presley Lookalike
Aaron King
as Elvis Presley Lookalike
Sharon Peters
as Dolly Parton Lookalike
Archie Lang
as Man with Bag
Don Sherman
as Prisoner
Robert Bakanic
as Cameraman
Jeff Vida
as Usher
Elinor Donahue
as Margaret Anderson
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Until his untimely death, John Candy was always one of our most likable and dependable comic actors. Even in the worst of films, he always got the most out of his bankable charisma and you won't find a much more unappealing film that he starred in than "Going Berserk". This was his first major film role after leaving the Canadian comedy troupe "SCTV", and several of his friends from that outfit just about sink their careers before they get started in this film as well.Candy shows some of the star quality he would be known for in this dreary, unfunny picture but co-stars Joe Flaherty and Eugene Levy aren't given much to do. There's a plot here, but in all actuality, it makes up very little of the film's blessedly short running time. The rest of this almost feels like the worst episode of "SCTV" ever, a weak collection of skits that seem disjointed and out of place. The biggest time waster here involves Candy getting arrested and breaking out with future "Ghostbuster" Ernie Hudson. It eats away at the running time and has absolutely nothing to do with anything, but like the rest of the picture, it's completely devoid of laughs. The movie might have worked better as a "PG" rated, more family orientated film like "Who's Harry Crumb?". The sex humor here feels out of place and unnecessarily crude and embarrassing. Candy's best films were kinder, gentler offerings, but this was too early in his career to know what kind of role would fit him the best. At the time this was made, "R" rated comedies were all the rage and that's what was offered to him. He should have waited for a better offer. "Going Berserk" is a desperate and forgettable flick.

Timothy Sanders
Timothy Sanders

This comedy did get some laughs out of me, but not enough for me to say it was an excellent film. The story was kind of weak. so you really need to rely on the humor to keep you going. But like I said, it was a little funny, but not funny enough. John Candy did a pretty good job. There is one scene where he is handcuffed to Ernie Hudson. Hudson was inside a room and made Candy stand outside the door. That was a really funny scene. You need to watch it to see what I am saying. There is actually a few really good scenes thanks to John Candy. Eugene Levy was decent, but not that funny. Joe Flaherty was Candy's partner in crime in the film. He did a decent job. So overall it was just an ok movie.

Paul Celano
Paul Celano

Dull and formulaic, Going Berserk is an underwhelming comedy that's poorly made. The story follows a limo driver that is brain washed by a religious cult to become an assassin, but things don't go exactly as planned. The cast features some impressive comedic talent, such as John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Ernie Hudson, but they're poorly used. The story is also particularly bad; it just doesn't go anywhere and nothing pays off. Going Berserk is a pointless and uninspired film that only delivers occasional laughs.

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