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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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Release Date:

20 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Return of the Blues Brothers  »

Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$54,200,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The record label president who offers the Blues Brothers a recording contract identifies himself as representing "Clarion Records, the largest recording company on the eastern seaboard." There actually was a Clarion Records - a budget label that was only in operation for a couple of years in the 1960s. However, it was owned by what had become, by the time of the movie, one of the largest American record companies: Atlantic Records, which, in real life, was not only a renowned blues/R&B/soul label (home of many of the artists mentioned or featured in the movie), but which also released the Blues Brothers' albums - including the movie soundtrack. See more »

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The Good Ol' Boys are in a pickup with a camper topper that's hit by a police car and both vehicles roll over. A short length of pole called a kicker is fired out a tube through the floorboard to flip over a vehicle. The smoke from the charge that fired the police car's kicker is visible throughout the overhead shot. The kicker itself can be seen rolling across the road and bouncing off the curb (watch the curb at screen top center). Once the bottom of the pickup is in view, its kicker tube is obvious behind the passenger-side front wheel well. 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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When in Hollywood, Visit Universal Studios (Ask for Babs) [see also Animal House (1978)] See more »

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Referenced in Go for It (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

BOOM BOOM
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Written and Performed by John Lee Hooker
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User Reviews

 
Probably the best musical in the world...
25 October 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Music is essential to the world of musicals. That's obvious. So, tell me, why do some musicals have crappy music?

Anyway, i turned to 'The Blues Brothers' and first time in my life my musical ears have been cleaned. How can such a music genre be so... excellent. Blues music is influential, and so is this film. Since watching this movie, i have found myself engrossed to the world of Blues music. How can a movie be anymore influential?

This movie is not for the faint hearted, because it will grab you and shake you up real good.

10/10

Dr. Pineapple


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