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Compilation of SNL sketches including Samurai Deli, Star Trek - The Final Mission, The Luck of the Irish and Don Vito Corleone in group therapy. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

John Belushi ... Himself / Joliet Jake Blues / Various Characters (archive footage)

Dan Aykroyd ... Himself / Elwood Blues / Various Characters (archive footage)

Chevy Chase ... Himself / Various Characters (archive footage)

Jane Curtin ... Herself / Various Characters (archive footage)

Elliott Gould ... Himself / Various Characters (archive footage)

Buck Henry ... Himself (archive footage)

Robert Klein ... Himself (archive footage)

Garrett Morris ... Himself / Various Characters (archive footage)

Bill Murray ... Himself / Various Characters (archive footage)

Laraine Newman ... Herself / Various Characters (archive footage)

Gilda Radner ... Herself / Various Characters (archive footage)

Rob Reiner ... Himself (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steve Cropper ... Himself (Blues Brothers) (archive footage)

Donald Dunn ... Himself (Blues Brothers) (archive footage)

Steve Jordan ... Himself (Blues Brothers) (archive footage)
Tom Malone ... Himself - Blues Brothers Band (archive footage)
Lou Marini ... Himself (Blues Brothers) (archive footage)
Matt Murphy ... Himself (Blues Brothers) (archive footage)
Alan Rubin ... Himself (Blues Brothers) (archive footage)
Tom Scott ... Himself (Blues Brothers) (archive footage)

Paul Shaffer ... Himself (Blues Brothers) (archive footage)

Don Novello ... Mike Dionasopolis (archive footage) (uncredited)
Michael O'Donoghue ... Man in Therapy Group (archive footage) (uncredited)
Doris Powell ... Lt. Uhura (archive footage) (uncredited)
Akira Yoshimura ... Mr. Sulu (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Dave Wilson 
Tom Schiller (segment "Don't Look Back In Anger")
James Signorelli (director: Little Chocolate Donuts)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dan Aykroyd  written by
Anne Beatts  written by
John Belushi  written by
Chevy Chase  written by
Tom Davis  written by
James Downey  written by
Brian Doyle-Murray  written by
Al Franken  written by
Neil Levy  written by
Brian McConnachie  written by
Lorne Michaels  written by
Marilyn Suzanne Miller  written by
Don Novello  written by
Michael O'Donoghue  written by
Herbert Sargent  written by (as Herb Sargent)
Tom Schiller  written by
Rosie Shuster  written by
Walter Williams  written by
Alan Zweibel  written by

Produced by
Judith Belushi-Pisano .... producer (as Judith Jacklin Belushi)
Audrey Peart Dickman .... associate producer
Jean Doumanian .... associate producer
Joe Forristal .... associate producer
Barbara Gallagher .... associate producer
Craig Kellem .... associate producer
Lorne Michaels .... executive producer
Lorne Michaels .... producer
Nils Nichols .... supervising producer
Patricia O'Keefe .... associate producer
Production Design by
Eugene Lee 
Franne Lee 
Art Direction by
Akira Yoshimura 
Makeup Department
Alan Demkowicz .... hair stylist
Frances A. Kolar .... makeup artist
Ted Long .... hair stylist
Werner Sherer .... hair stylist
Production Management
Lisbeth Anderson .... unit manager
Sandra Carnegie .... unit manager
Jim Fox .... unit manager
Kenneth Lupano .... unit manager
Stewart Macgregory .... unit manager
Iris March .... executive in charge of production
Judith Murray .... unit manager
Nick O'Gorman .... unit manager
Tom Rutledge .... unit manager
Jack Sheehan .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter 'Pete' Fatovich .... associate director
Art Department
Bill Groom .... associate scenic designer
Lee Maymen .... associate scenic designer
Tripp Ulrich .... property master (as Trip Ulrich)
Sound Department
Kurt Heydle .... post-production sound
Bob Liftin .... sound (as Bob Lifton)
Scott Schachter .... sound
Jennie Ng Zletz .... sound effects (as Jennie Ng)
Visual Effects by
Frank Aloise .... graphics
Ed Baily .... graphics
Nicholas Bruno .... video
Authur Dahm .... video
Tony Nelle .... video
Bob Pook .... graphics
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Hyms .... lighting technician
Gene Martin .... lighting technician
Howard Strawbridge .... lighting technician
Cheryl Thacker .... assistant lighting director
Maury Verschoore .... lighting technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Roston .... associate costume designer
Editorial Department
John Fortenberry .... editor: video tape
Will Lashley .... assistant editor
Music Department
Janine Dreyer Nichols .... music coordinator
Paul Shaffer .... musical stylist
Howard Shore .... musical director
Other crew
Larraine Bennett .... production staff
Robin Blankman .... production staff
Barbara Burns .... talent coordinator
Joe Dicso .... stage manager
Cherie Fortis .... production staff
Julia Fraser .... production staff
Jan Gosar .... production staff
John Head .... talent scout
Pauline Hutton .... production staff
Eileen Walsh McCollum .... production staff
Kathy Minkowsky .... production staff
Hazel Morley .... production staff
Nils Nichols .... researcher (as Nils Eric Nichols III)
Doris Powell .... production staff
Ed Prendergast .... stage manager
Heino Ripp .... technical director
Eileen Roaman .... production coordinator
Robert Van Ry .... stage manager (as Bob Van Ry)
Liz Welch .... production staff
Laurie Zaks .... production staff
Susan Beckett .... special thanks
James Belushi .... special thanks (as Jim Belushi)
Bernie Brillstein .... special thanks
John Head .... special thanks
Pall Walton .... special thanks
Gary Weis .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Original air dates/live performances: - "Soul man": 18 November 1978 - Samurai Delicatessen: 17 January 1976 - Beethoven part I: 22 November 1975 - Bill Murray's Celebrity Corner: 11 November 1978 - "I'm a King Bee": 17 January 1976 - The Godfather group therapy: 10 January 1976 - Beethoven part II: 22 November 1975 - Little Chocolat donuts: 19 November 1977 - "B Movie Boxcar Blues": 18 November 1978 - Olympia Restaurant: 28 January 1978 - The Thing that wouldn't leave: 25 March 1978 - Weekend Update rant: 19 March 1977 - Beethoven part III: 22 November 1975 - "With a little help from my friends": 25 October 1975 - The Last Voyage of the Starship Enterprise: 29 May 1976 - Shiller's reel: Don't look back in anger: 11 March 1978See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
SNL's first "best-of" video is still one of the best, 10 January 2002
Author: Kris Earle from Boston, MA

Belushi was a true original and is sorely missed. This is a video that every comedy fan needs to have in their collection. His comedic talent was astounding and it is great to see him in his heyday in the sketches like the Blues Brothers, the Little Chocolate Donuts Commercial, the Samurai, the Hulk, the rants on the News, etc. If I could pick the 10 best players in an "ultimate 1975-2001 SNL lineup" they would include Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Dana Carvey (the top 3 I think), Gilda Radner, Martin Short, Will Farrell, Adam Sandler, Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, and Billy Crystal. Also included would be pre-1984 Steve Martin as the host and Dennis Miller, Norm MacDonald, Tina Fey and Chevy Chase as quadruple-anchors for the news (ok that's 15). There are so many talents that spawned from the show, but Belushi's star shone brightly -- it's a shame he didn't stick around with us longer. Note: this was SNl's first "best-of" videos - I recall it being priced at a modest 19.95 for the Xmas season in 1985! Also, check out the Eddie Murphy one, another 10/10 video!

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