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The Blues Brothers (1980)

Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elwood Blues (as Elwood)
Donald 'Duck' Dunn (as Donald 'Duck' Dunn)
Murphy Dunne ...
Willie Hall ...
Tom Malone ...
Lou Marini ...
Matt Murphy ...
Alan Rubin ...


After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time? Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

20 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Return of the Blues Brothers  »

Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)


$54,200,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Right before shooting the final scene, which required him to do all sorts of onstage acrobatics while performing at the Hollywood Palladium in front of an audience of hundreds of extras, John Belushi tried out some kid's skateboard--and fell off and seriously injured his knee. Lew Wasserman, the head of Universal Pictures, called the top orthopedist in L.A. and made him postpone his weekend until he could shoot Belushi up with enough anesthetics to get him through filming. See more »


Five rockets are fired from a four-tube rocket launcher. See more »


[first lines]
Prison Guard #1: Yeah, the Assistant Warden wants this one out of the block early. Wants to get it over with fast.
Prison Guard #2: Okay, let's do it.
[rattling the bars with his baton]
Prison Guard #1: Hey come on, it's time to wake up.
Prison Guard #2: Wake up. Let's go, it's time.
[striking the sleeping Jake with his baton]
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Crazy Credits

The Universal logo is missing from the beginning of the film, and in fact is not used at all. The film begins with the title card "A Universal Picture." See more »


Referenced in Dancing with the Stars: Memorable Moments Night (2014) See more »


Written by Otha Hayes, Andre Williams and Verlie Rice
Performed by Ray Charles and the Blues Brothers Band with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi
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NO other movie like it has ever been made! A Permanent CLASSIC!
19 September 2004 | by (Star Wars galaxy) – See all my reviews

Where to begin? I WISHED the adults in my life took me to see it when it first came out! But alas, it would be years later when I'd first see it, on TV, and on VHS, then many more times on TV. READ the list of cast from start to end! You will be amazed who was in this movie! Including Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia in Star Wars), and even Steven Spielberg acted in this movie too!

Everyone should be required to see this movie, as kids, teens, and adults! Every age group will enjoy this movie. NICE family movie too! The kids and adults will 100% enjoy watching it. It is sooo sad that many of those music legends are forgotten, are not taught about in any school, and remain unknown! I never knew who Ray Charles was until I finally saw this movie! Possibly the first ever movie in which the soundtrack sold as well as the movie. There is even a tribute to Elvis at the very end. The re-watch factor is NICE - one never ever gets tired of re-watching this movie over and over! Which is unheard of with present day movies.

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