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
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The Howard Johnson's in the film was the real-life O'Hare Oasis, located on the Illinois Tollway. The Oases were tollway service plazas. See more »
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 »
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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During the cast roll call during the closing "Jailhouse Rock" number, 'John Belushi' is credited as Joliet Jake and Dan Aykroyd is simply credited as Elwood. See more »
The Collectors' Edition on DVD runs 18 minutes longer than the original release and includes the following expanded or newly added scenes:
The two Joilet guards come to get Jake in his cell and have trouble waking him up.
One additional line from Frank Oz as he rattles off Jake's material possessions.
An additional line for the Penguin regarding missions: "I'll be sent to the missions... Africa, Latin America... Korea."
Jake and Elwood discuss getting the money for the mission honestly outside of the Triple Rock Baptist Church.
The "The Old Landmark" number is considerably longer, incorporating more dance sequences and extra verses.
After the demolition derby in the shopping mall Elwood parks the Bluesmobile in a hiding place beside an electrical power box. (John Landis explains that Aykroyd thought this would show how the car gets its incredible endurance, but also goes on to explain that it never did make any sense, so the scene was cut.)
A few extra lines of dialog when Elwood and Jake rest in his apartment.
When the cops come to arrest Jake and Elwood in the motel, they first stop at the registration desk and intimidate the manager. They also greet Sam, who seems to be known by everyone.
An entire sequence with Elwood boosting chemicals from his day job, then quitting the job to become a priest, is restored.
After the above sequence, Jake and Elwood study a cigarette box with "the last known address of Bones Malone and Blue Lou Marini".
After getting the new address of Bones Malone, Elwoods thanks Ms Tarantino before leaving.
Jake has an extra line of dialog while pep-talking Murph and the Magictones at the Holiday Inn ("Now, who here at this table can honestly say that they played any finer or felt any better than they did when they played with the Blues Brothers?")
One line of dialog for Henry Gibson is restored for the Illinois Nazis scene at the bridge, with regards to the swastika ("The sacred and ancient symbol of your race since the beginning of time!")
The "Boom Boom" number is much longer, with extra shots of John Lee Hooker laughing and arguing with his band. Jake and Elwood watch for a moment then enter the Soul Food Cafe.
"Think" has extra verses and shots of dancing.
When the band arrives at Bob's Country Bunker, Bob hands the request list to Bones Malone, who looks at it blankly.
The "Theme from Rawhide" and "Stand By Your Man" numbers are slightly longer.
The original Picwood preview included another musical number, "Sink the Bismark", but that footage has been lost.
More lines of dialog for Maury Sline in the steam room scene, mostly regarding to the old gigs having been turned into (gay) discos.
When Jake fills up the tank for the Bluesmobile, he overfills it and gas spills over. When they peel out from the station, Elwood flicks a cigarette out of the window and causes the station to explode. (Landis now says he doesn't remember why this particular scene was cut.)
Before the sound-check Curtis (Cab Calloway) explains to the band that they need to do it for the kids, since the Blues Brothers will use the money raised from that concert to pay the taxes for a church. The look on the faces of the band after they hear it is priceless!
The "Minnie the Moocher" number is considerably extended.
As Jake and Elwood sneak into the show, Elwood takes the chemicals that he stole from the show and sneaks them into the tires of the cop cars.
Both the "Everybody Needs Someone to Love" and "Sweet Home Chicago" numbers are extended.
When Jake and Elwood sneak out, the gas in the cop cars tires reacts and causes the tires to explode on some to delay the police.
An alternate line of dialog for Carrie Fisher in the sewer when she confronts Jake, about how her father "used up her last favors" with the Mafia for her wedding. In the original release it was changed due to complaints of the Italian-American community.
The lengthy climactic chase to (and through) Chicago features many extra lines and shots of racing autos.
The "assault on Daley plaza" and the Assessor's Office scenes also feature extra lines and shots.
The "Jailhouse Rock" number is slightly longer.
As the prisoners riot at the end of the film, there is a brief shot of riot-geared police guards racing into the mess hall that has been added. It changes the end of the film subtly.
The "cast of characters" and end credits are extended to accommodate the new footage.
The Blues Brothers is definitely in my book one of the best comedies of all time. I couldn't believe my eyes that this film is not on the top 250, well, John Landis doesn't get enough credit in all. He brought us the most memorable comedies of all time: An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places, Animal House, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. He brings us The Blues Brothers, two popular characters off of Saturday Night Live who were at the height of their popularity. John puts them in Chicago(this is the best Chicago movie to watch next to Ferris Bueller by the way)and makes this into one of the greatest comedies ever. The great thing about this film is it's not gross out, it's not the obvious silly humor, it's just humor that keeps you laughing every minute. Dan and John are such a great comedic duo, they are without a doubt the most memorable duo off of SNL I would say.
Jake and Elwood go to the orphanage where they were raised and learn that it is being shut down due to insufficient funds, so they want to reunite their band and put on a show to help save the place. On a mission from God they claim, they gather up their old band members to put on the show of the decade! But along the way, Jake and Elwood get into quite a bit of trouble with the police, the Illinois Nazi party, a girlfriend of one of their band members, and a girl who just seems to keep going after them and wants them dead.
With great and endless cameos from great people like Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles, terrific Chicago landmarks, endless hilarious jokes, The Blues Brothers is the perfect comedy that is one of the best movies of all time. The concert scene is unforgettable and the scene that will always get me down on the floor in tears is where they go to the restaurant, John's line of "How much for your women?!" was just too priceless! You really have to see this movie, I guarantee you, you will die of laughter.
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