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- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 8, 1998
- Originally Released: 1980
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dual Layer
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Footage Not Seen Since the Premiere
- "The Stories Behind the Making of the Blues Brothers" Full-Length Documentary
- Trailer - Trailer
- Production Photographs
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Dan Aykroyd & John Belushi|
|Performer:||James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Kathleen Freeman, Carrie Fisher & Henry Gibson|
|Directed by||John Landis|
|Screenwriting by||Dan Aykroyd & John Landis|
|Composition by||Elmer Bernstein|
|Cameo:||Steven Spielberg, Frank Oz, Chaka Khan, John Landis, John Candy, John Lee Hooker, Aretha Franklin, Charles Napier, Twiggy & Judy Jacklin|
|Produced by||Robert K. Weiss|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"We're on a mission from God."
- Ellwood (Dan Aykroyd)
Rating: 4/5 -- The mere spectacle of Elwood and Jake in their shades isn't quite as giggle-inducing as it presumably was back in 1980, but the stunts are still awe-inspiring, and there's plenty of laughs. They really were thinking big. Full Review
Rating: 9/10 -- The Blues Brothers is, by any objective standard, a messy wreck... That this is so does not in anyway change that it is an absolutely wonderful movie. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
There's no indication that Landis knows what the words "pace" or "mood" mean. He operates on one track. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- I have never been quite sure why this $30 million comedy made by John Landis in 1980 became such a cult.
London Evening Standard
[T]he movie is rightly hailed for its classic cameos from Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and James Brown...
BLUES BROTHERS may be among the last original movie musicals to incorporate song and dance performances into its plot, rather than grafting them on as concert material.
New York Times
The plot is a bit predictable, but it nonetheless reaches a spectacular outcome. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
In roles made famous by their famed SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE skit, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi star as Ellwood and Jake Blues in this extremely entertaining and successful comedy. Upon Jake's release from prison, the brothers are reunited and visit the orphanage they grew up in--only to discover that it is in danger of being shut down by the county for failure to pay taxes. With a little help from James Brown as a revival preacher, the Blues Brothers are divinely inspired to raise the $5,000 that the orphanage needs to stay open. On their mission from God, they must reunite their old band and raise the money by playing various gigs around town. The wild adventures of the band include dodging evil neo-Nazis, playing in a rowdy redneck bar, and narrowly escaping the crazed Carrie Fisher as Jake's ex-fiancée, who is out to see him dead. Finally, the boys have to get to a gig at the Palace Hotel Ballroom and deliver the $5,000 to the county assessor's office--leading to one of the most wild and hysterical car-chase smash-ups in film history. John Landis has spiced this wonderful romp with fabulous rhythm-and-blues numbers from such greats as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Cab Calloway, and Ray Charles.
In this classic comedy-musical, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi star as Jake and Elwood Blues, white rhythm-and-blues musicians who are on a mission from God: to raise $5,000 for the orphanage where they grew up before it is closed for failure to pay back taxes. In order to succeed, they must resurrect their band, the Blues Brothers, and stay one step ahead of their enemies: Jake's ex-fiancée, the police, a bunch of Illinois Nazis, and a country-western band, not to mention the Chicago police. This much-loved comedy features tremendous song-and-dance numbers by such famous musicians as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles.
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- Theatrical Release: June 1, 1980.
- Fimed on location in Chicago.
- Estimated budget: $27 million.
- Estimated domestic gross: $57 million.
- Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman) has a cameo in the film as a waiter.
- Aretha Franklin's backup singers on her rendition of "Think" are her real-life sisters.
Director John Landis, Steven Spielberg, and Frank Oz all have cameo roles in the film.
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