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The Blues Brothers (1980)

 -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  20 June 1980 (USA)
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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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Elwood Blues (as Elwood)
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Ray
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Donald 'Duck' Dunn (as Donald 'Duck' Dunn)
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Storyline

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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They'll never get caught. They're on a mission from God. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Music

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Release Date:

20 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blues Brothers  »

Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$54,200,000 (USA)
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Trivia

John Belushi was nicknamed 'The Black Hole' onset, as he went through hundreds of pairs of sunglasses during production. He would do a scene and then lose the pair before filming the next one. See more »

Goofs

When the band is playing Ray's Music exchange, we can clearly hear a horn section, but only "Mr. Fabulous" is playing a horn and the other two are playing saxophones which sound like trumpets. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Soundtracks

SHAKE A TAIL FEATHER
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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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An Eccentric Cult Classic
5 March 2000 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

This definitive cult classic combines two of the pioneers of Saturday Night Live in a hilarious comedy, indulging into their characters from the show. John Belushi and Dan Akroyd are Jake and Elwood Blues, two eccentric brothers who are "On A Mission From God". They seem to inevitably find themselves in large amounts of trouble. The most fun is living vicariously through them as they stick it to the police and other authority figures and evade the consequences. Blues fans will rave over the fantastic soundtrack full of classic blues tunes from the biggest stars. This film is one that will have you quoting lines, singing along, and quite possibly dancing like Elwood. By the way, sunglasses can be worn at all times, black never goes out of style, and dry white toast is quite possibly the world's perfect food.


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