Blues Brothers

Blues Brothers

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Director: John Landis

Cast: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown

     
 

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Expanding on their Saturday Night Live characters, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as Jake and Elwood Blues, two white boys with black soul. Sporting cool shades and look-alike suits, Jake and Elwood are dispatched on a "mission from God" by their former teacher, Sister Mary Stigmata (Kathleen Freeman). Said mission is to raise $5000 to save an orphanage. InSee more details below

Overview

Expanding on their Saturday Night Live characters, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as Jake and Elwood Blues, two white boys with black soul. Sporting cool shades and look-alike suits, Jake and Elwood are dispatched on a "mission from God" by their former teacher, Sister Mary Stigmata (Kathleen Freeman). Said mission is to raise $5000 to save an orphanage. In the course of their zany adventures, the Blues Brothers run afoul of neo-Nazi Henry Gibson, perform the theme from Rawhide before the most unruly bar crowd in written history, and lay waste to hundreds of cars on the streets and freeways of Chicago. In case you aren't swept up in the infectuous nuttiness of the brothers Blue, you might have fun spotting film's legion of guest stars, including James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Steve Lawrence, Twiggy, Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman), Frank Oz, and Steven Spielberg.

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On "a mission from God," brothers Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) tear up Chicago in inimitable style. The flimsy plot, in which the brothers try to raise money to save their childhood orphanage by reuniting their old band, is a good excuse for a series of comic vignettes and lovingly realized musical scenes. The film is an unapologetic homage to rhythm-and-blues in all its popular derivatives, from Cab Calloway to James Brown to Aretha Franklin, all of whom appear, along with other musicians, in the film. Having Carrie Fisher play Jake's homicidal ex-girlfriend was one of the film's many brilliant uses of cameos. This overlong (135-minute) John Landis-directed comedy's dead spots are forgotten in the euphoria of the coolest, funniest car chase scene ever shot. The Blues Brothers became an enduring favorite and a television evergreen because its protagonists live out the wishes of legions of white soul-music aficionados, and rarely have Saturday Night Live alumni so successfully transformed a TV routine into a feature-length film, despite many attempts. Belushi and Aykroyd are at the top of their deadpan game. The 1998 sequel Blues Brothers 2000 sorely missed Belushi and the original's fresh energy.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2005
UPC:
0025192786020
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
4:41:00

Special Features

Disc Side A: Stories behind the making of The Blues Brothers: Go behind the scenes with John Landis, Dan Aykroyd and the Blues Brothers band; exclusive in-depth interviews with the cast and crew and never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage; Musical highlights; Disc Side B: Introduction to the film by Dan Aykroyd; Going Rounds: A Day on the Blues Brothers Tour - viewers get to experience a Blues Brothers co

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Belushi "Joliet" Jake Blues
Dan Aykroyd Elwood Blues
James Brown Rev. Cleophus James
John Candy Burton Mercer
Ray Charles Ray
Carrie Fisher Mystery Woman
Cab Calloway Curtis
Aretha Franklin Soul Food Cafe Owner
Master Henry Gibson Nazi Leader
John Lee Hooker Street Slim
Murphy Dunne Murph
Steve Cropper Steve "The Colonel" Cropper
Donald "Duck" Dunn Himself
Willie "Too Big" Hall Himself
Tom "Bones" Malone "Bones" Malone
Frank Oz Corrections Officer
Kathleen Freeman Sister Mary Stigmata
Steven Williams Trooper Mount
Charles Napier Tucker McElroy
Twiggy Chic Lady
Chaka Khan Choir Soloist
Stephen Bishop Charming Trooper
John Landis Trooper La Fong
Gary McLarty Man in Toy Store
Shotgun Britton The Cheese Whiz
John Ring Fire Commissioner
Toni Fleming Mrs. Tarantino
Norman Matlock Police Commissioner
Joe Cirillo Police Captain
Rosie Schuster Cocktail Waitress
Paul Reubens Waiter
Ben Piazza Father
Cindy Fisher Daughter #2
Elizabeth Hoy Daughter #3
Dean Hill Nazi
Gary Houston Nazi
Big Walter Horton Tampa Pete
Matt Murphy Matt "Guitar" Murphy
Lou Marini "Blue" Lou Marini
Jeff Morris Bob
De'Voreaux White Young Guitar Thief
Lou Perry Man at Bar
Stan Mazin Drunk Dancer
Blair Burrows Good Ole Boy
Jack Callahan Good Ole Boy
Steve Lawrence Maury Sline
Sean Hayden Orphan
Ralph Foody Police Dispatcher
Andrew Goodman Lobby Guard #2
Joe Walsh Prisoner
Jack Orend Nazi
Alan Rubin Mr. Fabulous

Technical Credits
John Landis Director,Screenwriter
John Ashby Stunts
Dan Aykroyd Screenwriter
Bobby Bass Stunts
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Ray Bickel Stunts
Mary R. Boss Stunts
Clay Boss Stunts
Steve M. Boyum Stunts
Janet Brady Stunts
Arthur Brewer Special Effects
Greg Brickman Stunts
Bernie Brillstein Executive Producer
Shotgun Britton Makeup
Layne Britton Stunts
Robert Latham Brown Production Manager
Michael Chinich Casting
Jadie David Stunts
Eddy Donno Stunts
Bud Ekins Stunts
Gary Epper Stunts
Richard Epper Stunts
George Folsey Associate Producer,Editor
Katterli A. Frauenfelder Asst. Director
Hal G. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Mickey Gilbert Stunts
James M. Halty Stunts
Chuck Hayward Stunts
Freddie Hice Stunts
Dean Jagger Stunts
Carlton Johnson Choreography
Bill Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen M. Katz Cinematographer
Henry Larrecq Art Director
Walt LaRue Stunts
Terry J. Leonard Stunts
John J. Lloyd Production Designer
Deborah Nadoolman Costumes/Costume Designer
Ira Newborn Score Composer
Kitty O'Neil Stunts
Alan Oliney Stunts
Brad Orrison Stunts
Victor Paul Stunts
Charlie Picerni Stunts
J.N. Roberts Stunts
R.A. Rondell Stunts
Wally Rose Stunts
Tanya Russell Stunts
Sharon Schaffer Stunts
David Sosna Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Tom Steele Stunts
Jervam A. Swartz Asst. Director
Bob Terhune Stunts
Robert Weiss Producer
Karen Werner Stunts
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
Walter Wyatt Stunts
Steve Yaconelli Camera Operator

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Blues Brothers [Extended Version]
1. Time Served (Main Titles) [6:36]
2. Tax Assessment [3:36]
3. Seeing the Light [:58]
4. On a Mission From God [5:35]
5. Home Sweet Home [2:27]
6. Reassembling the Band [4:39]
7. Fine Dining [:04]
8. Crashing the Party [5:10]
9. You Better Think! [2:47]
10. Twist & Shake [:08]
11. Bob's Country Bunker [3:05]
12. Good Ole Boys [4:13]
13. Booking a Gig [6:55]
14. The Palace Hotel Show [:36]
15. Waiting in Celibacy [2:18]
16. Maintain Pursuit [5:30]
17. Paying the Taxes [2:23]
18. Jailhouse Rock (End Titles) [2:59]
Disc #1, Side B -- The Blues Brothers [Theatrical Version]
1. Time Served (Main Titles) [5:58]
2. Tax Assessment [3:35]
3. Seeing the Light [:58]
4. On a Mission From God [5:21]
5. Home Sweet Home [1:45]
6. Reassembling the Band [3:50]
7. Fine Dining [:04]
8. Crashing the Party [5:10]
9. You Better Think! [2:46]
10. Twist & Shake [:00]
11. Bob's Country BUnker [:07]
12. Good Old Boys [1:48]
13. Booking a Gig [3:42]
14. The Palace Hotel Show [4:00]
15. Waiting in Celibacy [:36]
16. Maintain Oursuit [2:01]
17. Paying the Taxes [5:31]
18. Jailhouse Rock (End Titles) [2:16]

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