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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)
Steve 'The Colonel' Cropper
Donald 'Duck' Dunn (as Donald 'Duck' Dunn)
Murphy Dunne ...
Willie Hall ...
Tom Malone ...
Tom 'Bones' 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 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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A briefcase full of blues. See more »


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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,858,152, 22 June 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,229,890, 31 December 1983
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When John Landis found out that film's budget was 17.5 million dollars, he said, half-jokingly, "I think we've spent that much already." See more »


Time flies. The brothers leave the big show in early evening, based on the number of songs played. At that time Twiggy appears to realize she's been stood up for her midnight rendezvous with Elwood, meaning it's after midnight. After driving 106 miles at high speed they reach Chicago at dawn, which is around 6:00am daylight saving time (depending on time of year, which is unclear). They get to Daley Plaza during business hours. The Assessor comes back from a 5 minute break with a sandwich, suggesting it's lunch time. More than 12 hours have elapsed for actions that should take less than 2 hours. 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

When in Hollywood, Visit Universal Studios (Ask for Babs) [see also Animal House (1978)] See more »


Written by Otis Redding
Performed by the Blues Brothers with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi
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Great all round movie!
20 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is an excellent movie, rich with comedy and music. It's about 2 corrupt brothers, who wish to help a nun. The story starts with Jake (John Belushi) being released from prison, where Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) picks him up. The story proceeds with them trying to honestly earn 5,000 dollars. They start by getting a little "churching up" and then try to put "the band" back together. With them continuing, and playing shows for meager amounts of money, finally get a break, and make a huge gig in a fancy hotel! While avoiding hundreds (literally) of cops, and "They can't catch us--we're on a mission from God". While making friends (and enemies) along the way, providing a side-busting movie! A must have for all good DVD collections!

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