The Blues Brothers (1980)

R   |    |  Action, Adventure, Comedy

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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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  • "Blues Brothers" Dan Aykroyd, Ray Charles
  • John Landis in The Blues Brothers (1980)
  • Steven Spielberg in The Blues Brothers (1980)
  • John Landis and Ray Charles in The Blues Brothers (1980)

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John Landis


Dan Aykroyd, John Landis

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19 September 2004 | Ship_Captain_XplOrOrOr
| NO other movie like it has ever been made! A Permanent CLASSIC!
Where to begin? I WISHED the adults in my life took me to see it when it first came out! But alas, it would be years later when I'd first see it, on TV, and on VHS, then many more times on TV. READ the list of cast from start to end! You will be amazed who was in this movie! Including Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia in Star Wars), and even Steven Spielberg acted in this movie too!

Everyone should be required to see this movie, as kids, teens, and adults! Every age group will enjoy this movie. NICE family movie too! The kids and adults will 100% enjoy watching it. It is sooo sad that many of those music legends are forgotten, are not taught about in any school, and remain unknown! I never knew who Ray Charles was until I finally saw this movie! Possibly the first ever movie in which the soundtrack sold as well as the movie. There is even a tribute to Elvis at the very end. The re-watch factor is NICE - one never ever gets tired of re-watching this movie over and over! Which is unheard of with present day movies.

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Did You Know?


Olivia Newton-John was considered for the role of the Mystery Woman. But she was unavailable as she was working on Xanadu (1980).


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.
Prison Guard #1: Hey come on, it's time to wake up.
Prison Guard #2: Wake up. Let's go, it's time.


For the first few frames of the scene where the Pinto crashes through the street, the car can be seen held in its pre-drop position, reflected in the upper window of one of the buildings. After it is released, a guide or safety cable can be seen extending from the rear bumper to the left of the frame. As it impacts the street, all the buildings shake, indicating that they're just scenery flats. Finally, the breakaway section of the street can be seen in outline before the car hits.

Crazy Credits

Ending credits: Stunts by "Hollywood War Babies" - "The Champ" Donut, "Kidd" Gilbert, Jumbo, Whiz Kid, "Huff 'n' Stuff, Uncle Bud, featuring "Terrible Leon."

Alternate Versions

Some network TV prints omit the Universal globe logo at the end, and replace the Universal Studios logos with the "Ask Babs" byline at the end of the closing credits with scenes from their "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" number followed by the Universal Studios Globe Logo.


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Performed by The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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Plot Summary

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Action | Adventure | Comedy | Crime | Music | Musical

Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,858,152 22 June 1980

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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