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The Blues Brothers (1980)

R  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Elwood Blues (as Elwood)
Donald 'Duck' Dunn (as Donald 'Duck' Dunn)
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 <>

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A briefcase full of blues. See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime | Music


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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Before Jake and Elwood go into the Soul Food Cafe, John Lee Hooker gets into an argument with his band about his writing "Boom, Boom" (seen in the extended DVD version). Later, as Jake and Elwood leave the diner with Matt Murphy and Blue Lou, the argument can still be heard going on in the background. If you look closely as the camera tracks Blue Lou darting into the Bluesmobile, the argument has escalated into a fight. See more »


During the performance at the Palace Hotel, Elwood is wearing a pinky ring on his right hand, but later while chasing the police it is gone. 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 Uncle: Episode #2.4 (2015) See more »


Written by Spo-De-Odee and Fleecie Moore
Performed by Louis Jordan
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Don't you miss comedies like this?
16 November 2003 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

The Blues Brothers is definitely in my book one of the best comedies of all time. I couldn't believe my eyes that this film is not on the top 250, well, John Landis doesn't get enough credit in all. He brought us the most memorable comedies of all time: An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places, Animal House, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. He brings us The Blues Brothers, two popular characters off of Saturday Night Live who were at the height of their popularity. John puts them in Chicago(this is the best Chicago movie to watch next to Ferris Bueller by the way)and makes this into one of the greatest comedies ever. The great thing about this film is it's not gross out, it's not the obvious silly humor, it's just humor that keeps you laughing every minute. Dan and John are such a great comedic duo, they are without a doubt the most memorable duo off of SNL I would say.

Jake and Elwood go to the orphanage where they were raised and learn that it is being shut down due to insufficient funds, so they want to reunite their band and put on a show to help save the place. On a mission from God they claim, they gather up their old band members to put on the show of the decade! But along the way, Jake and Elwood get into quite a bit of trouble with the police, the Illinois Nazi party, a girlfriend of one of their band members, and a girl who just seems to keep going after them and wants them dead.

With great and endless cameos from great people like Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles, terrific Chicago landmarks, endless hilarious jokes, The Blues Brothers is the perfect comedy that is one of the best movies of all time. The concert scene is unforgettable and the scene that will always get me down on the floor in tears is where they go to the restaurant, John's line of "How much for your women?!" was just too priceless! You really have to see this movie, I guarantee you, you will die of laughter.


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