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Blues Brothers 2000
     

Blues Brothers 2000

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Director: John Landis

Cast: Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, Joe Morton

 

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Dan Aykroyd and John Landis teamed to script this sequel to The Blues Brothers (1980), which they also co-scripted. With Landis once again at the helm as director, Aykroyd re-creates his role of rhythm-and-blues man Elwood Blues, and the film's numerous R&B performances and production numbers include Aretha Franklin singing her classic "Respect." Released from

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Dan Aykroyd and John Landis teamed to script this sequel to The Blues Brothers (1980), which they also co-scripted. With Landis once again at the helm as director, Aykroyd re-creates his role of rhythm-and-blues man Elwood Blues, and the film's numerous R&B performances and production numbers include Aretha Franklin singing her classic "Respect." Released from prison after serving 18 years for the havoc depicted in the first film, Elwood learns that while he was serving time, his pal Jake Blues (John Belushi) has died, as did their hi-de-ho music mentor Curtis (Cab Calloway). Times have changed, but the blues beat goes on. Elwood visits Mother Mary Stigmata (Kathleen Freeman), who runs the orphanage where Elwood and Jake were raised, and she puts 10-year-old Buster (J. Evan Bonifant) in Elwood's care. Seeking a loan, Elwood visits Curtis' son, Cabel Chamberlain (Joe Morton), and Buster picks Cabel's pocket. Now, 18 years after the original "mission from God," Elwood attempts to reorganize the Blues Brothers Band, beginning with bartender Mighty Mack McTeer (John Goodman) as a replacement for Jake. With the Russian Mafia in hot pursuit, Elwood, Mack, and Buster head cross-country, locating band members as they travel pell-mell toward a scheduled battle of the bands in Louisiana where the Blues Brothers Band competes with the Lousiana Gator Boys Band (Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Dr. John, Travis Tritt, Steve Winwood, Clarence Clemmons, Isaac Hayes). Filmed in Toronto and Chicago, this movie reunited Aykroyd and Goodman, who were seen previously in the 1996 video, The Return of the Blues Brothers, a performance taped January 24, 1995 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Elsewhere, the Blues Brothers are kept alive in a half-dozen or so websites, such as the House of Blues, and live stage productions. In England, the stage show A Tribute to the Blues Brothers began in 1991. At the request of Aykroyd and Judy Belushi, the title of that production was changed to The Official Tribute to the Blues Brothers. With various cast members in the roles of Jake and Elwood (Con O'Neill, Warwick Evans, Brad Henshaw, Simon Foster), the show toured Britain throughout the 1990s. The "original Blues Brother" (who coached John Belushi and originated some of the blues raps used by Belushi) is Curtis Salgado (of the Robert Cray Band). One cast member of Blues Brothers 2000, bluesman Junior Wells, the last of the great Chicago harmonica players, died in January 1998, only days before the film was released.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
After churning out work that could arguably be considered classic in the late 70s through the early 80s, John Landis and Dan Aykroyd proved themselves to no longer "have it" by attaching themselves to such tripe as Nothing But Trouble and Celtic Pride in Aykroyd's case and Oscar and The Stupids in Landis's. So with the end of the century looming, they teamed together to make this film. Perhaps they thought that with nothing left to lose (including their shame), they could remember how to make good movies by retreading their own well-tread territory. It didn't work. Blues Brothers 2000 is one of those movies that feels like it only happened because the cast and producers wanted so badly to be associated with the original. In all the excitement, they seem to have forgotten to make a film that makes any sense or has any redeeming comedic value. A disjointed mess with a handful of mediocre songs thrown in wherever the filmmakers decided they wanted them, the movie is really a headache to watch. Going away from it, one feels embarrassed for those on screen and mournful of the disrespect paid to the original Blues Brothers movie.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/1999
UPC:
0096898337939
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dan Aykroyd Elwood Blues
John Goodman Mighty Mack McTeer
Joe Morton Cabel Chamberlain
Evan Bonifant Buster
Nia Peeples Lt. Elizondo
Kathleen Freeman Mother Mary Stigmata
Frank Oz Prison Warden
Steve Lawrence Maury Sline
Erykah Badu Queen Mousette
Darrell Hammond Robertson
Aretha Franklin Mrs. Murphy
James Brown Rev. Cleophus James
B.B. King Malvern Gasperon
Steve Cropper Himself
Donald "Duck" Dunn Himself
Murphy Dunne Himself
Willie "Too Big" Hall Himself
Lou Marini Himself
Tom "Bones" Malone Himself
Alan Rubin Mr. Fabulous
Matt Murphy Himself
Sam Moore Reverend Morris
Wilson Pickett Actor
Eddie Floyd Actor
Jonny Lang Janitor
Junior Wells Himself
Lonnie Brooks Himself
Eric Clapton Actor
Clarence Clemons Actor
Bo Diddley Actor
Dr. John Actor
Isaac Hayes Actor
Billy Preston Actor
Lou Rawls Actor
Paul Shaffer Marco
Koko Taylor Actor
Travis Tritt Actor
Steve Winwood Actor
Jacob Adams Actor
Tom Davis Actor

Technical Credits
John Landis Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Dan Aykroyd Producer,Screenwriter
Dale Beldin Editor
Leslie Belzberg Producer
Bill Brodie Production Designer
Ross Clydesdale Casting
Joanna Colbert Casting
Richard Cowan Asst. Director
Glen Gauthier Sound/Sound Designer
Grace Gilroy Associate Producer
David Herrington Cinematographer
Barry Lather Choreography
Deborah Nadoolman Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Shaffer Score Composer
Dan Yarhi Art Director

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Blues Brothers 2000 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Synclaire More than 1 year ago
Dan Aykroyd returns as Elwood Blues, every thing about the movie was amazing, you have new characters like Buster and old band members returning for a new set of mission.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Worst sequal. The magic of the previous one is lost. A 12 year old boy replaces the man who died. Awful. If you like the original; this may upset you due to the poor movie!!! Petrol Heads will understand
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of my favorite movies of all time and is one of the best blues movies made