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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 <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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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?


The original budget was quickly surpassed, and back in Los Angeles, Lew Wasserman grew increasingly frustrated. He was regularly confronting Ned Tanen, the executive in charge of production for Universal, in person over the costs. Sean Daniel, another studio executive, was not reassured when he came to Chicago and saw the production had set up a special facility for the 70 cars used in the chase sequences. Filming there, which was supposed to have concluded in the middle of September, continued into late October. See more »


When the Bluesmobile crashes through the guard rail (after Elwood says "I gotta pull over"), the rail breaks apart as if it were made of plywood rather than steel. 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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Woman on the Cutting Room Floor See more »


Referenced in Clerks (1994) See more »


Written by Dimitri Tiomkin
Performed by the Blues Brothers and Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi
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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.


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