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The Blues Brothers -- Jake gets his belongings before exiting prison.
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Dan Aykroyd (written by) &
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Release Date:
20 June 1980 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They'll never get caught. They're on a mission from God. See more »
Plot:
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Belushi ... 'Joliet' Jake Blues (as Jake)

Dan Aykroyd ... Elwood Blues (as Elwood)

James Brown ... Reverend Cleophus James

Cab Calloway ... Curtis

Ray Charles ... Ray

Aretha Franklin ... Mrs. Murphy

Steve Cropper ... Steve 'The Colonel' Cropper

Donald Dunn ... Donald 'Duck' Dunn (as Donald 'Duck' Dunn)

Murphy Dunne ... Murphy 'Murph' Dunne
Willie Hall ... Willie 'Too Big' Hall
Tom Malone ... Tom 'Bones' Malone
Lou Marini ... 'Blue Lou' Marini
Matt Murphy ... Matt 'Guitar' Murphy
Alan Rubin ... Alan 'Mr. Fabulous' Rubin

Carrie Fisher ... Mystery Woman

Henry Gibson ... Head Nazi

John Candy ... Burton Mercer

Kathleen Freeman ... Sister Mary Stigmata (a.k.a. The Penguin)

Steve Lawrence ... Maury Sline

Twiggy ... Chic Lady

Frank Oz ... Corrections Officer
Jeff Morris ... Bob

Charles Napier ... Tucker McElroy

Steven Williams ... Trooper Mount (as Steve Williams)
Armand Cerami ... Trooper Daniel
Tom Erhart ... Prison Guard
Gerald Walling ... Prison Guard (as Gerald Walling SJ)
Walter Levine ... Prison Guard
Alonzo Atkins ... Choirmaster

Chaka Khan ... Choir Soloist
Stephen Bishop ... Charming Trooper

John Landis ... Trooper La Fong
Kristi Oleson ... Toys 'R Us Saleswoman
Gary McLarty ... Toys 'R Us Customer
Joe Cuttone ... Lloyd
Layne Britton ... The Cheese Whiz (as Shotgun Britton)
Toni Fleming ... Mrs. Tarantino

Judith Belushi-Pisano ... Cocktail Waitress (as Judy Jacklin)
Rosie Shuster ... Cocktail Waitress (as Rosie Schuster)

Paul Reubens ... Waiter
Ben Piazza ... Father

Gwen Banta ... Mother
Lari Taylor ... Daughter #1

Cindy Fisher ... Daughter #2
Elizabeth Hoy ... Daughter #3
Tony M. Conde ... Sommelier
Eugene J. Anthony ... Gruppenfuehrer

Dean Hill ... Nazi

Gary Houston ... Nazi
Jack Orend ... Nazi
Gene Schuldt ... Nazi
Charles Mountain ... Cop
John Lee Hooker ... Street Slim
Walter Horton ... Tampa Pete
Pinetop Perkins ... Luther Jackson (as 'Pinetop' Perkins)
Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith ... Drums
Luther 'Guitar Jr.' Johnson ... Guitar
Calvin 'Fuzz' Jones ... Bass
Carolyn Franklin ... Soul Food Chorus
Brenda Bryant Corbett ... Soul Food Chorus
Margaret Branch ... Soul Food Chorus

De'voreaux White ... Young Guitar Thief (as Devoreaux White)

Sheilah Wells ... Claire
Lou Perryman ... Man at Bar (as Lou Perry)
Stan Mazin ... Drunk Dancer
Russ Bruzek ... The Good Ole Boys
Blair Burrows ... The Good Ole Boys
Jack Callahan ... The Good Ole Boys
Gene Janson ... The Good Ole Boys
Gil Pearson ... The Good Ole Boys
Aaron Jais ... Orphan
Lemetrius Daniels ... Orphan
Jeff Cahill ... Orphan

Curt Clendenin ... Orphan
Steve Cruz ... Orphan
Leonard Daniels ... Orphan
Sean Hayden ... Orphan
Babatunde Myers ... Orphan
Gary Patzik ... Orphan
J. Bernard Walton ... Orphan
Butch Williams ... Orphan
Wally Engelhardt ... Gas Station Owner
Michael Klenfner ... Clarion Records' President
Ralph Foody ... Police Dispatcher

Leonard R. Garner Jr. ... Lobby Guard #1 (as Lenny Garner)
Andrew Goodman ... Lobby Guard #2
Eddy Donno ... SWAT Team Commander (as Edward Donno)

Steven Spielberg ... Cook County Assessor's Office Clerk

Joe Walsh ... Prisoner
Shirley Levine ... Woman on Cutting Room Floor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Butler ... Elwood's Boss (scenes deleted)

James Avery ... Man dancing outside Ray's shop (uncredited)

Raven De La Croix ... Woman in Concert Crowd (uncredited)

James DuMont ... Kid Dancing in Street (uncredited)

Tony Farella ... National Guardsman (uncredited)
Kevin Huotari ... SWAT Team Officer (uncredited)

D'Janine King-Lasky ... Concert Spectator (uncredited)
Norman Matlock ... Police Commissioner (uncredited)

Mr. T ... Guy on Street (uncredited)
Vicki Petite ... Concert Guest (uncredited)
John Ring ... Fire Commissioner (uncredited)

Steven Rozic ... State Trooper and National Guardsman (uncredited)

Paul Swearingen ... Swimmer (uncredited)

Bill Telfer ... National Guard Corporal / Fireman (uncredited)

Directed by
John Landis 
 
Writing credits
Dan Aykroyd (written by) &
John Landis (written by)

Produced by
Bernie Brillstein .... executive producer
George Folsey Jr. .... associate producer
David Sosna .... associate producer
Robert K. Weiss .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Stephen M. Katz 
 
Film Editing by
George Folsey Jr. 
 
Casting by
Michael Chinich 
 
Production Design by
John J. Lloyd  (as John Lloyd)
 
Art Direction by
Henry Larrecq 
 
Set Decoration by
Hal Gausman 
Leslie McCarthy-Frankenheimer 
 
Costume Design by
Deborah Nadoolman 
 
Makeup Department
Layne Britton .... makeup artist (as Shotgun Britton)
Ronald W. Smith .... hair stylist (as Ron Smith)
Julia L. Walker .... hair stylist (as Julia Walker)
 
Production Management
Robert Latham Brown .... unit production manager
Tom Joyner .... unit production manager
Fran Roy .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randy Carter .... second assistant director: Chicago
Richard Espinoza .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Leonard R. Garner Jr. .... second assistant director: Chicago
David Sosna .... first assistant director
Jerram A. Swartz .... first assistant director (as Jerram Swartz)
John Syrjamaki .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Brian Whitley .... dga trainee
 
Art Department
Ken Adachi .... assistant property master
Aaron Holden .... assistant property master: Chicago (as Aaron C. Holden)
Delane Lytle .... construction coordinator
Bob Magee .... construction coordinator
Michael Milgrom .... property master (as Michael C. Milgrom)
Jeff Passanante .... construction foreman
Clint Robinson .... assistant property master
Charles William Breen .... set designer (uncredited)
Michael Diersing .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Robert E. Knight .... signwriter (uncredited)
Kenneth Milfred .... set dresser (uncredited)
Robert Misetich .... painter (uncredited)
H. John Ramos .... props (uncredited)
Mark Sparks .... propmaker (uncredited)
Ted Wilson .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George Fredrick .... sound editor
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bob Glass)
William B. Kaplan .... production sound (as Bill Kaplan)
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Don MacDougall .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Morton .... playback: Los Angeles
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
Scott D. Smith .... production sound
John Stacy .... sound effects editor
Roger Sword .... sound editor
Glenn Williams .... playback: Chicago
Craig Woods .... playback: Los Angeles
Robert Bradshaw .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Michael D. Wilhoit .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Arthur Brewer .... special effects (as Art Brewer)
Roger Hansen .... special effects
Karl G. Miller .... special effects crew (as Karl Miller)
Jim Rollins .... special effects crew
Leo Leoncio Solis .... special effects crew (as Leo Solis)
Robert E. Worthington .... special effects crew (as Bob Worthington)
Robert Cole .... special effects (uncredited)
Wayne Rose .... special effects crew (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Syd Dutton .... assistant matte painter
Fred Griggs .... opticals supervisor
Bill Taylor .... matte photography
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects
Max W. Anderson .... visual effects (uncredited)
Robert Blalack .... visual effects: MPI (uncredited)
Henry Schoessler .... matte crew (uncredited)
Jamie Shourt .... visual effects: MPI (uncredited)
 
Stunts
James E. Allard .... stunts
John Ashby .... stunts
Bobby Bass .... stunts
Pamela Bebermeyer .... stunts
Ray Bickel .... stunts
Clay Boss .... stunts
May Boss .... stunts (as Mary Boss)
Steve Boyum .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts
Greg Brickman .... stunts
Layne Britton .... stunts
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts
Uncle Bud .... utility stunts
Blair Burrows .... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (as Gilbert Combs)
Bill Couch .... stunts (as William J. Couch)
Jean Coulter .... stunts
Carol Daniels .... stunts
Jadie David .... stunts
Eddy Donno .... stunts
Champ Donut .... utility stunts (as 'The Champ' Donut)
Bud Ekins .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunts (as Kenneth Endoso)
Gary Epper .... stunts
Jeannie Epper .... stunts
Richard Epper .... stunts
Stephanie Epper .... stunts
Leonard P. Geer .... stunts (as Lenny Gear)
Kidd Gilbert .... utility stunts (as 'Kidd' Gilbert)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (as Charles Hayward)
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Johnny Hock .... stunts
Chuck Hollum .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Tom Huff)
Dean Jeffries .... stunts
Harold Jones .... stunts
Jumbo .... utility stunts
Whiz Kid .... utility stunts
Walt La Rue .... stunts
Terrible Leon .... utility stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunt coordinator
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Karen McLarty .... stunts (as Karen Werner)
Bennie Moore .... stunts (as Bennie E. Moore Jr.)
Stevie Myers .... stunts
Kitty O'Neil .... stunts
Alan Oliney .... stunts
Brad Orrison .... stunts
Mark Orrison .... stunts
Victor Paul .... stunts
Jonathan Pendragon .... stunts (as Jonathan Yarbrough)
David Perna .... stunts
Charlie Picerni .... stunts
Lee Pulford .... stunts
J.N. Roberts .... stunts
R.A. Rondell .... stunts
Wally Rose .... stunts
Tanya Russell .... stunts
Sharon Schaffer .... stunts
Bill Sherman .... stunts
Jan Michael Shultz .... stunts
John Sistrunk .... stunts
Peter Stader .... stunts
Tom Steele .... stunts
Joe Stone .... stunts
Huff N. Stuff .... utility stunts (as Huff 'N' Stuff)
Bob Terhune .... stunts
Sammy Thurman .... stunts
Casey Van Horn .... stunts
Bud Walls .... stunts
Ethan Wayne .... stunts
James E. Wayne .... stunts
Brian Whitley .... stunts
Karl A. Wickman .... stunts
Walter Wyatt .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddy Donno .... stunt double: John Belushi (uncredited)
Scott Hamilton .... stunt double (uncredited)
Tommy J. Huff .... stunt double: Dan Aykroyd (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Amerian .... best boy
Roger G. Anderson .... grip: Chicago
Ed Auksel .... electrician: Chicago (as Edward Auksel)
Mike Benson .... second camera operator (as Michael Benson)
William Birch .... first camera operator: Chicago (as Bill Birch)
David Brauer .... grip: Chicago
Timothy Brennan .... second key grip
David G. Brown .... grip: Chicago
David L. Butler .... helicopter camera operator
Greg Cantrell .... electrician: Los Angeles
Ju Kuk Chun .... generator operator
Louis Cole .... electrician: Los Angeles
Tony Constanini .... electrician: Los Angeles
Joseph Cosko Jr. .... second assistant camera: second camera (as Joe Cosko Jr.)
Tom Cox .... best boy
Dennis De La Mata .... grip: Chicago
Douglas Dick .... electrician: Chicago
Dennis DiCristina .... electrician: Los Angeles (as Dennis de Christiana)
Peter J. Donoghue .... electrician: Chicago (as Peter J. Donaghue)
Douglas Downworth .... grip: Los Angeles
John T. Dustin .... second camera operator: Chicago
Jim Etter .... electrician: Los Angeles (as James Etter)
Derek Garth .... grip: Los Angeles
Mark Hogan .... electrician: Chicago (as Mark A. Hogan)
Dustin A. Huber .... electrician: Los Angeles (as Dustin Huber)
John Hudecek .... electrician: Chicago (as John Hudacek)
David Jarrell .... gaffer
Harry Jukes .... generator operator
Ray Kinzer .... key grip (as Raymond Kinzer)
George Kohut .... second camera first assistant: Chicago
Mako Koiwai .... second assistant camera
Edward C. Kras .... grip: Chicago
James LeBlanc .... first assistant camera: second camera (as Jim LeBlanc)
John LeBlanc .... first assistant camera
Alan H. Leder .... electrician: Chicago
Fred Ligman .... helicopter pilot and/or camera operator
Vera Lynn .... electrician: Los Angeles
Mel P. Mack .... grip: Chicago (as Melvyn P. Mack)
Bradley T. Matthys .... electrician: Chicago (as Brad Matthys)
Jim Mazzula .... second assistant camera, second camera: Chicago
John E. McCarthy .... grip: Chicago
Russell McCarthy .... generator operator
Stan McClain .... assistant camera: aerial unit
Jim Miller .... electrician: Chicago (as James C. Miller)
John Robert Miller .... grip: Chicago (as John Miller)
George Mooradian .... second assistant camera: Chicago
Tim Morton .... electrician: Los Angeles
Charles E. Nippell .... electrician: Los Angeles (as Charles Nippell)
David B. Nowell .... helicopter pilot and/or camera operator (as David Nowell)
Keith Pallant .... electrician: Los Angeles
Mark Pearson .... camera operator
Alberto S. Ramos .... camera operator (as Albert Ramos)
Alberto S. Ramos .... dolly grip (as Albert Ramos)
Kent Ryan .... helicopter pilot and/or camera operator
Gary Small .... helicopter pilot and/or camera operator
Doug Smith .... electrician: Chicago
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Mark Stanley .... grip: Los Angeles
Marion Sykes .... electrician: Chicago
Ted Varnadoe .... electrician: Los Angeles
Cary Vignal .... grip: Los Angeles
Karl A. Wickman .... helicopter pilot and/or camera operator (as Karl Wickman)
Melinda Wickman .... still photographer
David Wolf .... helicopter pilot and/or camera operator
Robert Woodside .... gaffer (as Bob Woodside)
Steve Yaconelli .... camera operator
Arvel Youngblood .... electrician: Los Angeles (as Avril Youngblood)
Vincent Contarino .... electrician (uncredited)
Frank Detone Jr. .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Rick Fee .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Ann Lukacs .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael J. Schwartz .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael Simpson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Dean Williams .... still photographer: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sandra Dawes .... casting assistant (as Sandy Dawes)
Jo Doster .... casting assistant
Lisa Gottlieb .... casting assistant
Pemon Rami .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sue Dugan .... costumer: women
Hugo Peña .... costumer: men
Ervin W. Rose .... costumer: men
Haleen K. Holt .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Malcolm Campbell .... associate film editor
John Carbo .... assistant editor: Chicago
Ginger Chulack .... apprentice editor
Michael Cipriano .... assistant editor
Vaune Kirby Frechette .... apprentice editor (as Vaune Kirby)
Glenn Kaplan .... assistant editor
Peck Prior .... apprentice editor (as Peck J. Prior)
David Ramirez .... associate film editor
Virgil A. Tanner .... color timer (as Virgil Tanner)
 
Music Department
Lori Hollingshead .... assistant music editor (as Lorinda Hollingshead)
Ira Newborn .... conductor
Ira Newborn .... music supervisor
John Strauss .... music editor
John Michael Weaver .... assistant recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Dan Anglin .... transportation captain
Byron Carter .... in-seat car driver
Bob Cornell .... transportation captain
Dan Loveless .... driver: Chapman crane (as Danny Loveless)
Patrick Nallon .... transportation co-captain: Chicago (as Pat Nallon)
James Riccio .... transportation co-captain: Chicago (as Jim Riccio)
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
Kathleen Long .... picture vehicle continuity coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Alekna .... mechanic: Chicago
William Bannister .... production assistant
Dan Brewer .... video
Joel Briskin .... assistant to executive producer
Julie Chandler .... locations: Chicago
Marla Cohen .... locations: Chicago
Catherine Davis Cox .... secretary to producer
Antonio De Leon .... caterer
Mitchell El Mahdy .... medic
Linda Feferman .... intern: AFI
Ron Filbert .... auditor
Karin Fraas .... assistant: Mr. Belushi
Marty Fraser .... locations: Chicago
Katterli Frauenfelder .... production assistant
Susan Goldberg .... production assistant
Andrew Goodman .... production assistant
Ron Gwynne .... story consultant
Nikol Hegarty .... production assistant
Richard Holley .... helicopter pilot (as Rick Holley)
Deborah Hwang-Marriott .... associate to producer (as Deborah Hwang)
Lih Janowitz .... production assistant (as Linda Horwitz)
Gordon Jernberg .... mechanic: Los Angeles
Carlton Johnson .... choreographer
Ercelle Johnson .... assistant to choreographer
J. David Jones .... helicopter pilot (as David Jones)
Saul Kahan .... publicist
Richard Kawecki .... production assistant
Leroy Kerr .... assistant road manager: Blues Brothers band
Tony Kerum .... caterer
John Kochian .... assistant auditor: Chicago
George Koopman .... special operations: Chicago
Jeff Leith .... production assistant
Stinky Levitsky .... title designer
Morris Lyda .... road manager: Blues Brothers band
Amy McElhenney .... production secretary
Tim Meeks .... mechanic: Los Angeles
Eddie Olmstead .... mechanic: Los Angeles
Sherrill Patten .... auditor: Chicago
Mark Pearson .... helicopter pilot
Suzan Reed-Sosna .... production assistant
Bob Tischler .... producer and supervisor: Blues Brothers recordings
Marvin Towns Jr. .... production assistant (as Marvin Townes)
Urban 'Spark' Ullman .... production assistant (as Urban Ullman)
Chrisann Verges .... assistant to publicist
Linda Veugeler .... production assistant (as Linda Veugler)
Lou Volpano .... assistant road manager: Blues Brothers band
Danae Walczak .... locations: Chicago
Katherine Wooten .... script supervisor
Michael Goi .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mark Mamalakis .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeff Winn .... daily craft service (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
133 min | USA:148 min (extended version)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) | Mono (optical prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Before the falling-Pinto scene could be filmed, the filmmakers had to get an "Air UN-worthyness certificate" from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Pinto. This was done by conducting preliminary drop tests to ensure that it would not behave as an airfoil and drift from its target line, but would drop "like a brick" when dropped from a great height.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When the Brothers ask where the tax assessor's office is, they're told by the desk officer to go to the end of the hall, turn right, and take the elevator to the eleventh floor. When the police officer asks if the Brothers have come in, all the desk officer says is he sent them to the end of the hall without saying what floor. Yet all of the officers and soldiers end up going to the eleventh floor anyway.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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Soundtrack:
SWEET HOME CHICAGOSee more »

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170 out of 180 people found the following review useful.
Nitro and Glycerin, 15 August 2000
Author: Stan (mcstack@ix.netcom.com) from San Jose, California

A musical comedy action fantasy should not work, especially when one considers that it is the first SNL skit-to-screen adventure (which, history has shown us, is a decidedly mixed bag). But this one does. Two of the best car chases in cinematic history bookend the film, and in between there are show-stopping musical numbers, raw humor, Illinois Nazis, and a seriously disgruntled ex-fiancee. And it all makes perfect sense in the context of the universe created by Aykroyd (who co-wrote), Landis (who directed), and Belushi (his barely contained zeal provides the battery pack for this film).

Jake (Belushi) and Elwood (Aykroyd) are the former front men of a broken down blues band (actually a stunning collection of blues talent) which disbanded after Jake was arrested several years before. Upon his release, he discovers that his boyhood orphanage home is about to be foreclosed upon for non-payment of property taxes. Beaten up by a nun, sung to by James Brown, and touched by God, Jake sees the light and seeks to put the band together for one last show -- a charity benefit to save the orphanage.

Their journey takes them from James Brown to Aretha Franklin to Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker to Cab Calloway. The movie showcases the overwhelming talent of singers, musicians, and genres long out of vogue with popular musical tastes. Indeed, this movie is a vehicle for giving these performers a chance to shine -- to bring their music back to the masses and ultimately into pop-culture immortality (to go along with their more prestigious musical immortality).

This film is guaranteed to make you tap your feet, laugh out loud, gasp as both a mall and and entire fleet of Chicago police cars are destroyed, and believe in the magical powers of an old cop car. Like I said, it's a musical comedy action fantasy.

And it works.

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