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The Blues Brothers (1980)

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

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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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A briefcase full of blues. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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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:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the original script, The Magictones were Mexican immigrants. Also, The Blues Brothers Band was scattered across three states. Among their new lives: Willie Hall, a.k.a. "Too Big", is a drug dealer, Steve Cropper, a.k.a. "The Colonel", is a pool shark-turned-Hutterite, and Donald Dunn, a.k.a. "Duck", and Lou Marini, a.k.a. "Blue", work in different parts of security. See more »

Goofs

The music played in the church does not coincide with the musician's movements, especially the drummer; the soundtrack plays the snare drum while the depicted drummer is on the upbeat, and not the downbeat. 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

When in Hollywood, Visit Universal Studios (Ask for Babs) [see also National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)] See more »

Alternate Versions

Similar to Animal House and American Werewolf in London, the 5.1 remix on the Blu-ray release replaces many of the old sound effects like car crash sounds, gunshots, and explosions. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Horst Wessel Lied
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Horst Wessel
Performed by an uncredited German Chorus
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One of my Favourite Movies
16 January 2005 | by mjw2305See all my reviews

1/ The music in this film is outstanding, with roles for Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles and more.... that's not really surprising.

2/ One of the finest car chases in cinematic history (The Italian Job and Smokey and the Bandit 2 are the only others that come close)

3/ John Belushi's own brand of comic genius throughout the movie

4/ Mulitiple memorable scenes and one liners

5/ Cameos from Steven Spielberg, Twiggy, Frank Oz, etc.

6/ Carrie Fisher as the psycho love interest intent on revenge.

Nuff said, watch it and love it 10/10


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