The Blues Brothers (1980)

R   |    |  Adventure, Comedy, Crime

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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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  • Lou Perryman in The Blues Brothers (1980)
  • John Landis and Ray Charles in The Blues Brothers (1980)
  • "Blues Brothers" Dan Aykroyd, Ray Charles
  • "Blues Brothers" Ray Charles
  • John Belushi and Paul Reubens in The Blues Brothers (1980)
  • John Belushi and Carrie Fisher 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?


Before Elwood is pulled over the first time, Murph and the Magic Tones, in their Cadillac, are visible behind the Bluesmobile on the highway.


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.


When the Bluesmobile drives out of the tunnel it loses the loudspeaker on the roof by hitting it against some pipes. The brackets that held the speaker remain. In the next shot they are gone.

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

The film was originally intended to be an old-fashioned roadshow attraction. The original cut of the film had an intermission and may have run as long as three hours. Landis was asked to cut the film after premiering a lengthy director's cut (of an answer print) at the Picwood Theatre in West Los Angeles. That version has been lost. Landis originally tried to restore the original cut several years ago, but found that Universal had thrown out all the outs, trims, negatives, and mix tracks. Landis and George Folsey Jr. restored 18 minutes from another preview print on an AVID for the Collectors' Edition, and correctly timed the picture so that Stephen Katz's photography looks as it was intended to look.


Peter Gunn Theme
Written by
Henry Mancini
Performed by the Blues Brothers


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Adventure | Comedy | Crime | Music | Musical

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