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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For John Belushi, every night was Saturday Night. See more »


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25 August 1989 (USA)  »

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$1,089,000 (USA)
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While The Blues Brothers never performed "634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)" on Saturday Night Live (1975), it was featured in Blues Brothers 2000 (1998). See more »

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Comedy Coach: John, there's a light within you. I want you burn it out. BURN IT OUT! BURN IT OUT! In Vietnam, monks set themselves on fire. Artoll. Artoll said that actors should perform like they are on fire. Signaling through the flames... THAT'S our job as comedians! To burn brightly and stand as a symbol. I will not give in to this consensous reality! Cut the demons loose, John! Let 'em loose! That's were your characters come from. Comedy is aggression. You think that's an empty phrase? Run out and kill ...
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References Animal House (1978) See more »

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Portugese Lyrics and Music by H. Barbosa and L. Reis
Spanish Lyrics by B. Molar
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10 January 2011 | by (Oldham, Gtr Manchester, England.) – See all my reviews

It's like a deeply unsettling version of Scrooged, based upon the life of a real person. I can understand why his friends and family were outraged, however, to an interested bystander it emerges as an oddly fascinating - albeit imperfect - movie.

It's character assassination, which doesn't in itself mean this is a bad movie, just a distasteful one. I thought it was a really good film. Perhaps one that should never have been made, but maybe that's why it's so powerful.

Every film has an agenda, so this one is no different... but just because it stays fixated on one angle doesn't mean that there's no insight at all to be gained from it.


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