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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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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The production used six Ford Pintos, four of which were wrecked, and 12 specially outfitted Bluesmobiles. Before the Pinto could be dropped 1,400 feet (120 stories) in downtown Chicago, Chicago officials and the F.A.A. required filmmakers to test drop two Pintos. See more »

Goofs

Time flies. The brothers leave the big show in early evening, based on the number of songs played. At that time Twiggy appears to realize she's been stood up for her midnight rendezvous with Elwood, meaning it's after midnight. After driving 106 miles at high speed they reach Chicago at dawn, which is around 6:00am daylight saving time (depending on time of year, which is unclear). They get to Daley Plaza during business hours. The Assessor comes back from a 5 minute break with a sandwich, suggesting it's lunch time. More than 12 hours have elapsed for actions that should take less than 2 hours. 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

The Universal logo is missing from the beginning of the film, and in fact is not used at all. The film begins with the title card "A Universal Picture." See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

I CAN'T TURN YOU LOOSE
(uncredited)
Written by Otis Redding
Performed by the Blues Brothers with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi
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One of my Favourite Movies
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1/ The music in this film is outstanding, with roles for Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles and more.... that's not really surprising.

2/ One of the finest car chases in cinematic history (The Italian Job and Smokey and the Bandit 2 are the only others that come close)

3/ John Belushi's own brand of comic genius throughout the movie

4/ Mulitiple memorable scenes and one liners

5/ Cameos from Steven Spielberg, Twiggy, Frank Oz, etc.

6/ Carrie Fisher as the psycho love interest intent on revenge.

Nuff said, watch it and love it 10/10


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