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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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They'll never get caught. They're on a mission from God. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

John Landis: [filmmakers] Appearances by Frank Oz and Steven Spielberg. See more »

Goofs

While chasing the Blues Brothers, the troopers state that they are southbound on Highway 47. Illinois Rt 47 is west of Chicago and does not enter the city limits of Chicago. 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

As the film ends with the Blues Brothers and band playing "Jailhouse Rock", there are several cuts starting with the second verse that feature the castmembers who are professional singers singing lines of the song with their names on the screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

With exceptions of pay-per-view networks that air the original theatrical format, most TV prints removed strong profanity usage (leaving some of the milder language intact) and brief shots of nude girl pics. Some TV airings removed Jake Blues' line "It's not my fault, I swear to God!" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Coronation Street: Episode #1.8550 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Horst Wessel Lied
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Horst Wessel
Performed by an uncredited German Chorus
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Get yourself four chickens and a coke when you watch this...
7 July 2012 | by msaz12See all my reviews

Before Harold and Kumar went to White Castle, before Eurotrip, there was the Blues Brothers. This is one wacky movie of two brothers and their band going in search of the perfect gig, and the misadventures and plain ridiculousness they encounter along the way. Two expressionless brothers, an overly dedicated police force, one psychotic former fiancé, an American Nazi group out for revenge and an infuriated country-band and bar owner later, you get an action-packed film. Throw in some epic singers, now you have an action-packed musical.

A movie with a thick taste for nonsensical destruction and deadpan delivery, Blues Brothers is a great mix of comedy and action with great vocal credit.


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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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