The Blues Brothers (1980) Poster

James Brown: Reverend Cleophus James



  • [while standing at the entrance to the Triple Rock church watching the service with much dancing and Hallelujah choruses, a heavenly light shines down on Jake and he has an epiphany] 

    Jake : [21:29]  The band. The band.

    Reverend Cleophus James : Do you see the light?

    Jake : The band!

    Reverend Cleophus James : Do you see the light?

    Elwood : What light?

    Reverend Cleophus James : Have you seeeen the light?

    Jake : Yes! Yes! Jesus H. Tap-Dancing Christ! I have seen the light! The band, Elwood! The band!

    Elwood : The band? The band. The band? The band!

    Reverend Cleophus James : Praise God!

    Elwood : And God bless the United States of America!

  • Reverend Cleophus James : And now, people... And now, people... When I woke up this mornin', I heard a distubin' sound. I said When I woke up this mornin', I heard a disturbin' sound! What I heard was the jingle-jangle of a thousand lost souls! I'm talkin' 'bout the souls of mortal men and women, departed from this life. Wait a minute! Those lost angry souls roamin' unseen on the earth, seekin' to find life they'll not find, because it's too late! Tooooo late, yeah! Too late for they'll never see again the life they choose not to follow. Alright! Alright! Don't be lost when your time comes! For the day of the Lord cometh as a thief in the night!


    Reverend Cleophus James : YEEEEEEEEEEEEAH! Can I get an AMEN?

    [congregation shouts "AMEN!"] 

    Reverend Cleophus James : Can I get an AMEN?

    [congregation shouts "AMEN!" again] 

    Reverend Cleophus James : Well Well Well!

    [breaks into "The Old Landmark"] 

  • [at the closing, as each character is credited] 

    Reverend Cleophus James : The sad sack was sittin' on a block o' stone/Way over in the corner weepin' all alone/

    Curtis : The warden said, "Hey, buddy, don't you be no square / if you can't find a partner use a wooden chair!"

    Ray : Let's rock, everybody, let's rock/

    Mrs. Murphy : Everybody on the whole cell block / Was dancin' to the Jailhouse rock.

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