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Going Berserk is a 1983 comedy film starring John Candy, Joe Flaherty, and Eugene Levy and directed by David Steinberg.[1]

Going Berserk
Going Berserk poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Steinberg
Produced byPierre David
Claude Héroux
Written byDavid Steinberg
Dana Olsen
StarringJohn Candy
Joe Flaherty
Eugene Levy
Alley Mills
Pat Hingle
Richard Libertini
Paul Dooley
Music byTom Scott
CinematographyBobby Byrne
Edited byDonn Cambern
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • October 28, 1983 (1983-10-28)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$234,950


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 dead man (Hudson). Worst of all, a local aerobics studio has become the front for an inept religious cult which has targeted the senator for assassination, and attempts to drug and brainwash Bourgignon into killing his future father-in-law during the wedding ceremony. In the end, with the questionable help of his even more hapless friend (Flaherty), Bourgignon more or less saves the day, and more or less lives happily ever after.



The New York Times review stated, "John Candy is easily the funniest thing in Going Berserk, an affably stupid comedy that's saddled with too much plot and that hasn't nearly enough energy to go with it."[2] Vulture Hound wrote, "Going Berserk co-written by Dana Olsen misses the mark with its bare minimum of plot to get us from scene to scene that reference films/tv shows you’d rather being watching than this movie." [3]


  1. ^ "Going Berserk". TCM database. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
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