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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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Cast

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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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band | money | catholic | prison | singer | See more »

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A briefcase full of blues. 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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Cab Calloway originally recorded "Minnie The Moocher" in the 1930's the chorus lyric is simply 'Ho-dee-hody' rather than the lengthened 'Hody-hody-hody ho'. In an interview Calloway explained the change as one time when he was singing the song he suddenly once forgot the words, so he immediately shouted 'Hody-Hody-Hody-ho!' and carried on the song that way. It achieved a larger appreciation that way than the original, so he sang it that way since. See more »

Goofs

Ray's Music Exchange is clearly located in the city of Chicago, with an elevated train platform in the street during the "Shake a Tail Feather" dance number (the location is actually Shelly's Loan and Jewelry at 300 E. 47th St.). Yet the Brothers ask the Clarion Records president to pay part of their advance to "Ray's Music Exchange in Calumet City," which has no el service. 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

As the film ends with the Blues Brothers and band playing "Jailhouse Rock", there are several cuts starting with the second verse that feature the castmembers who are professional singers singing lines of the song with their names on the screen. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

HOLD ON, I'M COMIN'
Written by Sam Cooke, Isaac Hayes and David Porter
Performed by Sam & Dave
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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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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