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The ghost of John Belushi looks back on his troubled life and career, while journalist Bob Woodward researches Belushi's life as he prepares to write a book about the late comic actor.

Director:

Larry Peerce

Writers:

Bob Woodward (book), Earl Mac Rauch (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Chiklis ... John Belushi
Ray Sharkey ... Angel Velasquez
J.T. Walsh ... Bob Woodward
Patti D'Arbanville ... Cathy Smith
Lucinda Jenney ... Judy Belushi
Alex Rocco ... Arnie Fromson
Gary Groomes ... Dan Aykroyd
Jere Burns ... Lou Connors
Clyde Kusatsu ... Coroner Thomas Noguchi
Tom Bower ... Detective
Earl Billings ... Detective
Dakin Matthews ... Washington Post Editor
J.C. Quinn ... Comedy Coach
Steve Vinovich ... Studio Executive
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... Doctor Robbins
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Storyline

We open up on the evening of March 5, 1982, with the dead body of John Belushi being reeled into a morgue. Suddenly, he awakens as if nothing had happened to him, and is about to undergo an autopsy. Frightened and confused, John goes back to retrace his steps, and find out what went wrong with his life. Meanwhile, journalist Bob Woodward researches Belushi's life as he prepares to write a book about the late comic actor. The story climaxes with Woodward directly conversing with Belushi during the actor's dying moments. Written by Anonymous

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For John Belushi, every night was Saturday Night. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Belushi - Wired See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Bragg, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$681,054, 27 August 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,089,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The producers received a letter from an attorney representing Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, John Landis, Bernie Brillstein, Michael Ovitz and Lorne Michaels. The attorney warned the producers not to depict his clients in the film or he would file a lawsuit for invasion of privacy on their behalf. Ovitz also called producer Edward S. Feldman and tried to discourage him from making the film. See more »

Quotes

Arnie Fromson: You can't do this. You can't abuse yourself.
John Belushi: LOOK, I don't pay you to be my best friend. I don't ask you what you do after six o'clock, DON'T ASK ME! NOBODY TELLS ME WHAT TO DO!
Arnie Fromson: You can't tell me what to do with you either. I'm not talking about business now, John. I'm talking about your life.
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Connections

Referenced in The Larry Sanders Show: Nothing Personal (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Two Thousand Pound Bee
Written by Mel Taylor and Don Wilson
Performed by The Ventures
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Possibly the worst film I have ever seen...
21 April 2003 | by jaylee33See all my reviews

and I have seen a lot of films. I saw this in the theatre in 1989 and to this day I remember the sickening urge to walk out. If you like John Belushi, respect his talent, or even the sanctity of the cinema-- this film has nothing to offer you. It is mostly a pathetic showcase for the writer of Belushi's biography, Bob Woodward. As we see the progression of Belushi's life pass on the screen, Woodward actually shows up in the film like a ghost character. The most offensive scene occurs when Belushi is dying, looks up from his deathbed to see the author standing above him and he weakly utters "Breathe for me, Woodward." There are too many terrible things to mention them all, the least of which is the opening that has Belushi jumping out of his body bag in the morgue and getting into a taxi driven by a guy named "Angel." I'll leave it at that.


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