The Blues Brothers

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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 ...
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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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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2013
  • UPC: 025192195211
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Belushi Joliet Jake
Dan Aykroyd Elwood
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
Thomas Hugh 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
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 Jr. 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
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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Original is Funnier

    Saturday Night Live vets John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd plays the ordinary band, The Blues Brothers. They are set to complete their first mission, getting the band back together and try to fool the authority in the process. Also stars "Star Wars" fame Carrie Fisher as Jake's old flame trying to get revenge.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    It's 196 miles to Chicago... we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses."

    One of the top five comedies of all time. A family favorite shared from generation to generation. Line after quotable line. "Illinois Nazis. I hate Illinois Nazis."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!!!!

    Belushi and Aykroyd at their best! One of the best Musical, Comedy, Action Movie EVER!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "On a Mission from God"

    Who can forget the riffs, the laughs, and the goof-ups of those cool men in dark shades and questionable suits known as the Blues Brothers? On a mission, legitimate or illicit, to finance money for Sister Mary Stigmata, they are "on a mission from God." So, as heroes depart, must put the band back together and, of course, destroy a couple of police cars and supermarkets in the process. John Belushi, may you rest in peace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Duo

    Great Music, great comedy, with the greatest comedy team ever. Don't miss a scene, from beginning to end, every minute is a classic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie deserves more than 5 stars

    This is THE greatest comedy of the 80s, bar none. I never tire of watching this awesome film and I'll always miss John Belushi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Two of my favorite actors and all that music

    This is definately the feel good movie of all times, impossible to stay in your seat. The music, the dance routines, and performances, WOW.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YES

    I've always enjoyed this film. It's hilarious, and it has many cameos by famous singers like James Brown. John Belushi will be missed. R.I.P.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    too funny

    just watch it...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The greatest movie I've ever seen with Dan Aykroyd

    I LOVE police chase movies! What makes the chase even funnier is that Jake and Elwood are trying to reunite their band and raise money for the orphanage that they grew up in. That's why they're ''on a mission from God.'' I've seen this movie so many times, yet I still laugh when I watch it. It's got good music and many guests appearances from famous musicians. And a lot of action. I still think it's funny.

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