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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 Murphy ... Matt 'Guitar' Murphy
Alan Rubin ... Alan 'Mr. Fabulous' Rubin
... Mystery Woman
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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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Release Date:

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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(magnetic prints)| (optical prints)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Bluesmobile was actually going one hundred eighteen miles per hour under the elevated train line. The film crew received permission to clear the street for two one hundred plus mile per hour passes. Stunt pedestrians were added after the first pass, to add realism. See more »

Goofs

After Mystery Woman bombs the transients' hotel, Jake and Elwood emerge from rubble made of obvious fake "stage bricks". Stage bricks are brick-colored lightweight-material safety blocks used to reduce injury to actors during destructive special effects shots. Despite their convincing coloration, stage bricks are readily noticeable because (unlike real structural brick debris) they are almost always "clean" : no visible traces of mortar-cement on them. 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

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: They Saved Hitler's Brain (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

ANEMA E CORE (UNTIL)
Written by Salve D'Esposito and Tito Manlio
Performed by Ezio Pinza
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Probably the best musical in the world...
25 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Music is essential to the world of musicals. That's obvious. So, tell me, why do some musicals have crappy music?

Anyway, i turned to 'The Blues Brothers' and first time in my life my musical ears have been cleaned. How can such a music genre be so... excellent. Blues music is influential, and so is this film. Since watching this movie, i have found myself engrossed to the world of Blues music. How can a movie be anymore influential?

This movie is not for the faint hearted, because it will grab you and shake you up real good.

10/10

Dr. Pineapple


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