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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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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 »


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Trivia

While the band mixed its 1978 album "Briefcase Full of Blues", a live recording of concerts, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Manager Bernie Brillstein outlined the concept of the movie to Universal Studio Executive Sean Daniel in a telephone call. Based on the popularity of National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) and Saturday Night Live (1975), Daniel offered the duo a movie deal. By March 1979, Aykroyd had written a 324-page screenplay titled "The Return of the Blues Brothers." When John Landis came on board in Spring 1979, after dropping out of The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981), he helped streamline the script to a workable length. See more »

Goofs

In his transient hotel room, Elwood plays a Decca record on his phonograph. The song we hear is Let The Good Times Roll by Louis Jordan (1946), but the label on the record indicates that it is instead Saturday Night Fish Fry, also by Louis Jordan (1949). 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

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.
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Connections

Referenced in Fallout 4 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Let the Good Times Roll
Written by Spo-De-Odee (uncredited) and Fleecie Moore (uncredited)
Performed by Louis Jordan
Courtesy of MCA Records
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An Eccentric Cult Classic
5 March 2000 | by angdevSee 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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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

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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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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