Going Berserk (1984)
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Let’s go back to 1984 for John Candy, Eugene Levy, Joe Flaherty, Richard Libertini and more in this sleeper of a movie.
It’s like an SCTV reunion on steroids here. The movie is actually a bunch of old SCTV sketches put together to make a movie.
John Bourgignon (Candy) is an amiable chauffeur and would-be drummer who is engaged to the daughter (Mills) of an extremely disapproving United States congressman (Hingle).
As the wedding date approaches, Bourgignon’s sleazy film-director friend (Levy) blackmails the senator into allowing him to record the ceremony, while Bourgignon runs afoul of a motorcycle gang and later finds himself kicked out onto the nighttime city streets while handcuffed to a very young Ernie Hudson who plays Muhammad Jerome Willie.
Enter Richard Libertini, a fake religious leader (more like a cult) who uses a a local aerobics studio as a front. He targets the senator for assassination, and attempts to drug and brainwash Bourgignon into killing his future father-in-law during the wedding ceremony.
There are some really, really funny scenes here and the scenes with Muhammad Jerome Willie are the funniest!
It’s a low budget movie that I discovered on VHS in ’85, for Candy fans and fans of the entire SCTV team, it’s a must. It only did about 232,000.00 at the box office back then.
Source: Sal Amato