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The Blues Brothers (1980)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... 'Joliet' Jake Blues (as Jake)
... Elwood Blues (as Elwood)
... Reverend Cleophus James
... Curtis
... Ray
... Mrs. Murphy
... Steve 'The Colonel' Cropper
... Donald 'Duck' Dunn (as Donald 'Duck' Dunn)
Murphy Dunne ... Murphy 'Murph' Dunne
Willie Hall ... Willie 'Too Big' Hall
Tom Malone ... Tom 'Bones' Malone
Lou Marini ... 'Blue Lou' Marini
... Matt 'Guitar' Murphy
Alan Rubin ... Alan 'Mr. Fabulous' Rubin
... Mystery Woman
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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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20 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Return of the Blues Brothers  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,858,152, 22 June 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,229,890

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,229,890, 31 December 1983
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Curtis is an homage to Curtis Salgado, a Portland, Oregon, blues musician, who inspired John Belushi, while he was in Oregon filming National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). See more »

Goofs

After the crash with the RV, the cop in the driver's seat clearly has longer hair than he does when he's shown outside the vehicle. 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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Soundtracks

THE OLD LANDMARK
(uncredited)
Written by Adeline M. Brunner
Performed by James Brown and the Reverend James Cleveland Choir
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An Eccentric Cult Classic
5 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

This definitive cult classic combines two of the pioneers of Saturday Night Live in a hilarious comedy, indulging into their characters from the show. John Belushi and Dan Akroyd are Jake and Elwood Blues, two eccentric brothers who are "On A Mission From God". They seem to inevitably find themselves in large amounts of trouble. The most fun is living vicariously through them as they stick it to the police and other authority figures and evade the consequences. Blues fans will rave over the fantastic soundtrack full of classic blues tunes from the biggest stars. This film is one that will have you quoting lines, singing along, and quite possibly dancing like Elwood. By the way, sunglasses can be worn at all times, black never goes out of style, and dry white toast is quite possibly the world's perfect food.


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