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The Blues Brothers (1980)

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Jake Blues, just released from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised.

Director:

John Landis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Erhart Tom Erhart ... Prison Guard
Gerald Walling Gerald Walling ... Prison Guard (as Gerald Walling S.J.)
John Belushi ... Joliet Jake
Walter Levine Walter Levine ... Prison Guard
Frank Oz ... Corrections Officer
Dan Aykroyd ... Elwood
Kathleen Freeman ... Sister Mary Stigmata
Cab Calloway ... Curtis
Donald Dunn ... Donald 'Duck' Dunn (as Donald 'Duck' Dunn)
Alonzo Atkins Alonzo Atkins ... Choirmaster
James Brown ... Reverend Cleophus James
Chaka Khan ... Choir Soloist
Southern California Community Choir Southern California Community Choir ... Choir (as James Cleveland's Southern California Community Choir)
Armand Cerami Armand Cerami ... Trooper Daniel
Steven Williams ... Trooper Mount (as Steve Williams)
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Storyline

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time? Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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The Most Dangerous Combination Since Nitro and Glycerine. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

John Candy orders three orange whips. This line was not scripted; Candy just improvised. While also a cocktail, Orange Whip provided refreshments for the crew, and costumer Sue Dugan was the daughter of the Director of Sales for Orange Whip, Kenny Dugan, who asked the brand be mentioned in the film. Mike Johansen named his cat Orange Whip. See more »

Goofs

When Elwood causes the major pileup of police cars under the El (starting at 1:54:09) there is a small group of people on the left in front of a discount record store. This group of people disappears and reappears several times in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prison Guard #1: Yeah, the Assistant Warden wants this one out of the block early. Wants to get it over with fast.
Prison Guard #2: Okay, let's do it.
[rattling the bars with his baton]
Prison Guard #1: Hey come on, it's time to wake up.
Prison Guard #2: Wake up. Let's go, it's time.
[striking the sleeping Jake with his baton]
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Crazy Credits

Ending credits: Stunts by "Hollywood War Babies" - "The Champ" Donut, "Kidd" Gilbert, Jumbo, Whiz Kid, "Huff 'n' Stuff, Uncle Bud, featuring "Terrible Leon." See more »

Alternate Versions

Some network TV prints omit the Universal globe logo at the end, and replace the Universal Studios logos with the "Ask Babs" byline at the end of the closing credits with scenes from their "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" number followed by the Universal Studios Globe Logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: Blue Harvest (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

She Caught the Katy
(uncredited)
Written by Taj Mahal and Yank Rachell
Performed by The Blues Brothers
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Worth getting the DVD for restored footage and documentary
24 December 2010 | by chrisschSee all my reviews

This review is only about the content of the DVD version vs. the VHS. Editors seem unable to resist tinkering when a movie originally on VHS is reissued on DVD. Even excluding Directors' Cuts, etc., half the DVD reissues I see have noticeable changes. Many are minor, but much too often they're substantial and ruin the movie for me.

The Blues Brothers DVD has substantial edits, but they make the movie better. Cuts made to shorten total run time -- four or five complete scenes, many small snippets, and some longer snippets -- are restored. Nothing was cut from the VHS version. The soundtrack is remixed in a few places; to my ear the original was better. Some restorations add little to the movie, but none make it worse. Most of the restorations enhance the movie, adding humor or rounding out the story. Best of all are the restorations, small but noticeable and pleasing, to performances: more James Brown, John Lee Hooker, Good Ole Boys, and the Brothers. Alas, no more of Aretha, Ray, or Cab. We can't have everything.

To top it off, the "Making Of" documentary alone, with the back story of the Blues Brothers (the characters and in real life), and the birth and making of the movie, makes the DVD worth getting


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return of the Blues Brothers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,858,152, 22 June 1980

Gross USA:

$57,229,890

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,229,890
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)| DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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