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Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)

PG-13  |   |  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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Warden
Shann Johnson ...
Matara / Dancer
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Buster
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Police Receptionist
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Nun #1
Junior Wells ...
Junior Wells
Lonnie Brooks ...
Lonnie Brooks
Leon Pendarvis ...
Stripster Band
Steve Potts ...
Stripster Band
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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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Rated PG-13 for exotic dancing and some language | See all certifications »

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Blues Brothers - Il mito continua  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,129,615 (USA) (6 February 1998)

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DEM 5,602,487 (Germany) (3 July 1998)
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Blues singer and harmonica player Junior Wells made both his film debut and his final screen appearance as a member of the blues band in the strip club. He died just over three weeks before "Blues Brothers 2000" debuted in theaters. See more »

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After the police car pile up into the construction site, the aerial camera pans too far ahead and shows the road ending ahead. See more »

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Elwood Blues: [addressing the rest if the band] You may go if you wish. But remember this: walk away now and you walk away from your crafts, your skills, your vocations; leaving the next generation with nothing but recycled, digitally-sampled techno-grooves, quasi-synth rhythms, pseudo-songs of violence-laden gangsta-rap, acid pop, and simpering, saccharine, soulless slush. Depart now and you forever separate yourselves from the vital American legacies of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed...
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After the last credit has finished rolling, James Brown and the Blues Brothers sing "Please, Please, Please (don't go)" for another 3 minutes. See more »

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It has its points
3 March 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Blues Brothers 2000 has a few points in its favor. The opening is 99% right. It only lacks a brief explanation on why the red car turns up (most likely because the manager made a phone call). Otherwise it is great, a tribute to the lost Belushi.

There are also much good music, almost as good as the original. Not least, Aretha Franklin's appearance is truly funny, especially when you have seen the original movie.

But the movie lacks the plot of the original. The original plot may have been thin, but it was enough to drive the story. This one lacks that, there is no motivation, no goal to speak of, and the result is that the ending comes as a surprise. Was that it, was that the end of the movie? Then what? But when I saw it the second time, I was prepared and enjoyed the music instead.

Another weakness is the lack of special effects. The original movie made a big thing of overdoing car chases in very funny ways. This movie rather under-does them. In the time it was made, it should have used computer graphics to do plenty more than the original. Now they smash a few cars, but little remarkable happens. In particular, there are no original ideas in the car chases.

So don't expect too much, just enjoy the music and the fun parts (they sure exist). And don't get bothered by Buster. Without him, Cab wouldn't go after Elwood, right?


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