The ghost of John Belushi looks back on his troubled life and career, while journalist Bob Woodward researches Belushi's life as he prepares to write a book about the late comic actor.

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We open up on the evening of March 5, 1982, with the dead body of John Belushi being reeled into a morgue. Suddenly, he awakens as if nothing had happened to him, and is about to undergo an autopsy. Frightened and confused, John goes back to retrace his steps, and find out what went wrong with his life. Meanwhile, journalist Bob Woodward researches Belushi's life as he prepares to write a book about the late comic actor. The story climaxes with Woodward directly conversing with Belushi during the actor's dying moments. Written by Anonymous

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The laughs and times of John Belushi. See more »


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25 August 1989 (USA)  »

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$1,089,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Arnie Fromson is based on Belushi's manager, Bernie Brillstein. See more »

Quotes

Bob Woodward: Why didn't you go home, John? Why did you kill yourself?
John Belushi: Vietnam, man!
Bob Woodward: You never served.
John Belushi: Society fucked me over, like Lenny Bruce!
Bob Woodward: Lenny Bruce? John, you were a living legend! Your friend Dan Ayrkoyd called you "America's guest". Come on, what was the real reason?
John Belushi: I have no idea!
Bob Woodward: What was it? Why did you do it?
John Belushi: BECAUSE I NEEDED IT! BECAUSE IT'S MINE!
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Referenced in Psych: The Break-Up (2014) See more »

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Two Thousand Pound Bee
Written by Mel Taylor and Don Wilson
Performed by The Ventures
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A very artsy biography of the Late Great John Belushi
28 August 2002 | by (Evansville, IN) – See all my reviews

I am a huge Belushi fan and yes I would have liked to seen a more straight forward bio-pic. However, Belushi was not a straight forward guy he was a wild-man and this movie suits his comedic style. You never knew what you were going to get from John and this movie does a good job of capturing that late 70's early 80's craziness. Michael Chilklis is wonderful as Belushi, sometimes I even forgot that someone was playing John, he captured his Walk, Talk, Craziness, and Sincerety very well. The movie like John's life makes a huge anti-drug message. If anything John's life did change the way Hollywood dealt with addiction and aside from his comedic genius this is something I believe he will be remembered for.


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