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Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)

 -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  6 February 1998 (USA)
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Elwood must reunite the old band, with a few new members, and go on another "Mission from God."

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Walter Levine ...
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Prison Clerk
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Buster
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Elwood, the now lone "Blues Brother" finally released from prison, is once again enlisted by Sister Mary Stigmata in her latest crusade to raise funds for a children's hospital. Once again hitting the road to re-unite the band and win the big prize at the New Orleans Battle of the Bands, Elwood is pursued cross-country by the cops, led by Cabel the Curtis' son (and Elwood's step-brother), the Russian Mafia, and a militia group. On his new "mission from God" Elwood enlists the help of a young orphan, and a strip club bartender. Written by Stephen Scaia <s_scaia@emerson.edu>

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The Blues Are Back

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Music

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Rated PG-13 for exotic dancing and some language | See all certifications »

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6 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blues Brothers - Il mito continua  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DEM 2,525,666 (Germany) (12 June 1998)

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DEM 5,602,487 (Germany) (3 July 1998)
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Trivia

The film was dedicated in loving memory of John Belushi, Cab Calloway, and John Candy, all of whom acted in the original "Blues Brothers" movie. Ironically, Calloway, the oldest of the three, died last at the age of 86, which is older than Belushi's and Candy's combined ages at their deaths. See more »

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When the flammable liquid used by the Russians to burn Willie's ignites along the vertical surfaces of the bar, it is obvious they are using pyrotechnics gel as the flames are seen clinging to the vertical surfaces. Liquid fuels do not burn like that since they will merely run down the surface. See more »

Quotes

Mighty Mack: Elwood, they have automatic weapons.
Elwood Blues: Look in the glove compartment.
Mighty Mack: Carpet Tacks! They have guns and we have carpet tacks.
Elwood Blues: They're not carpet tacks. They're dry-wall nails.
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The Filmmakers Wish to Thank The Inmates of Millhaven and Bath See more »

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References Peter Gunn (1958) See more »

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Let There Be Drums
Written by Sandy Nelson, Richard A. Podolor (as Richard Podolor)
Performed by The Carl LaFong Trio
Produced by Peter Bernstein
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Blues Brothers 2000? Slow and sloppy!
15 September 2000 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

I found Ackroyd to be completely horrible. He looked more like Joe Friday than Elwood Blues. His Chicago accent was forced, the dialog moved through at a horribly slow pace. There was absolutely zero comic timing in this movie. Every scene in the movie, including the musical numbers, took too long-from Elwood talking to the Penguin, to the Car chases-long shots of police cars-to the car-under-the-water routing-to the 50 car pile up that seemed to take 10 minutes.

The musical numbers-the lifeblood of the original-were completely devoid of soul. Aretha Franklin's lip-syncing in particular was horrible. Matt Guitar Murphy looked more like a broken down old man than the body-builder he did in the original. Who could believe that the `Dunn and Cropper' radio talk show could possibly exist when they both seemed to be reading off of cue cards the entire movie?

The things that we funny and subtle in the first film-Elwood's parking ability, Jake's transformation at the hands of Reverend Cleophus, the miracle performance of the Bluesmobile, the new jobs of the former band members, were hackneyed and overdone in this film.

The lack of energy from the band, though, is the coffin nail for this film.

They perform with such little life that CGI animation of a skeleton riding a skeletal horse over the stage has to be imposed during their rendition of `Ghost Rider.' This comes from the same Blues Brothers band that made the theme to Rawhide sound like a hit twenty years ago.

Finally, the movie seems too bright and too clean. The original took place at night for the most part, and seemed dungier. This film is shiny and clean and that just doesn't feel right. The new Bluesmobile didn't even look right until Elwood littered up the dashboard with trash, and-get this-the cigarette lighter worked!

Other fatal flaws: dumbing-down Elwood Blues, inserting a kid into the cast, having Elwood eat something other than dry, white toast, the shaving-cream-ball schtick, no SCMODS, no lines like `Man, I haven't been pulled over in six months.' All the jokes hit you in the face-like they all have to be explained. Complete bomb.


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