The Blues Brothers


The Blues Brothers

Overview:

Jake Blues is just out of jail, and teams up with his brother, Elwood on a 'mission from God' to raise funds for the orphanage in which they grew up. The only thing they can do is do what they do best – play music – so they get their old band together and they're on their way, while getting in a bit of trouble here and there.

Votes 1054 (7.5/10)

Runtime: 133 minutes

Release Date 1980-06-17

Budget: $27,000,000.00

Revenue: $115,229,890.00

Tagline: They'll never get caught. They're on a mission from God.

Production company:

  • Universal Pictures

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Music
  • Comedy
  • Action
  • Crime

Trailer

Further Information

Elwood Blues (as Elwood)
Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd
'Joliet' Jake Blues (as Jake)
John Belushi
John Belushi
Reverend Cleophus James
James Brown
James Brown
Curtis
Cab Calloway
Cab Calloway
Ray
Ray Charles
Ray Charles
Mrs. Murphy
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin
Steve 'The Colonel' Cropper
Steve Cropper
Steve Cropper
Donald 'Duck' Dunn
Donald "Duck" Dunn
Donald "Duck" Dunn
Murphy 'Murph' Dunne
Murphy Dunne
Murphy Dunne
Willie 'Too Big' Hall
Willie Hall
Willie Hall
"Bones" Malone
Tom Malone
Tom Malone
'Blue Lou' Marini
Lou Marini
Lou Marini
Matt 'Guitar' Murphy
Matt Murphy
Matt Murphy
Mr. Fabulous
Alan Rubin
Alan Rubin
Mystery Woman
Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher
Head Nazi
Henry Gibson
Henry Gibson
Burton Mercer
John Candy
John Candy
Schwester Mary Stigmata ('Die Pinguin-Tante')
Kathleen Freeman
Kathleen Freeman
John Lee Hooker
John Lee Hooker
John Lee Hooker
Prison Guard
Tom Erhart
Tom Erhart
Prison Guard
Gerald Walling
Gerald Walling
Prison Guard
Walter Levine
Walter Levine
Choirmaster
Alonzo Atkins
Alonzo Atkins
Choir Soloist
Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan
Trooper Daniel
Armand Cerami
Armand Cerami
Trooper Mount
Steven Williams
Steven Williams
Sales Girl
Kristi Oleson
Kristi Oleson
Man in Toy Store
Gary McLarty
Gary McLarty
Lloyd
Joe Cuttone
Joe Cuttone
The Cheese Whiz
Layne Britton
Layne Britton
Mrs. Tarantino
Toni Fleming
Toni Fleming
Cocktail Waitress
Rosie Shuster
Rosie Shuster
Waiter
Paul Reubens
Paul Reubens
Father
Ben Piazza
Ben Piazza
Mother
Gwen Banta
Gwen Banta
Daughter #1
Lari Taylor
Lari Taylor
Daughter #2
Cindy Fisher
Cindy Fisher
Daughter #3
Elizabeth Hoy
Elizabeth Hoy
Sommelier
Tony M. Conde
Tony M. Conde
Gruppenführer
Eugene J. Anthony
Eugene J. Anthony
Nazi
Dean Hill
Dean Hill
Nazi
Jack Orend
Jack Orend
Nazi
Gene Schuldt
Gene Schuldt
Cop
Charles Mountain
Charles Mountain
Corrections Officer
Frank Oz
Frank Oz
Trooper La Fong
John Landis
John Landis
Nazi
Gary Houston
Gary Houston
Cocktail Waitress
Judith Belushi-Pisano
Judith Belushi-Pisano
Choir
Elmore James
Elmore James
Charming Trooper
Stephen Bishop
Stephen Bishop
Tucker McElroy
Charles Napier
Charles Napier
Cook County Assessor's Office Clerk
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
Orphan
Curt Clendenin
Curt Clendenin
Chic Lady
Twiggy
Twiggy
Director
John Landis
John Landis
Author
John Landis
John Landis
Author
Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd
Producer
Robert K. Weiss
Robert K. Weiss
Original Music Composer
Elmer Bernstein
Elmer Bernstein
Director of Photography
Stephen M. Katz
Stephen M. Katz
Editor
George Folsey Jr.
George Folsey Jr.
Casting
Michael Chinich
Michael Chinich
Production Design
John J. Lloyd
John J. Lloyd
Costume Design
Deborah Nadoolman
Deborah Nadoolman
Special Effects
Gary McLarty
Gary McLarty
Stunt Coordinator
Gary McLarty
Gary McLarty
Set Decoration
Hal Gausman
Hal Gausman
Script Supervisor
Katherine Wooten
Katherine Wooten
Boom Operator
Earl Sampson
Earl Sampson
Production Supervisor
Fran Roy
Fran Roy
Camera Operator
Steve Yaconelli
Steve Yaconelli
Camera Operator
John LeBlanc
John LeBlanc
Camera Operator
Mako Koiwai
Mako Koiwai
Set Decoration
Leslie McCarthy-Frankenheimer
Leslie McCarthy-Frankenheimer
Executive Producer
Bernie Brillstein
Bernie Brillstein

Cat Ellington

'We're on a mission from God.' — "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues (Laughs) ... What a magnificent work of motion picture art The Blues Brothers is! This fun-filled musical is truly a must-see. The screenplay was co-written by Saturday Night Live alum Dan Aykroyd, whom, by the way also stars in the effort as Elwood Blues, one half of the Chicago-based R&B/Blues band, The Blues Brothers. Native Chicagoan and Aykroyd's fellow SNL grad, John Belushi (The late, great), also stars in this zany opus as "Joliet" Jake, Elwood's biological other half. And with an all-star supporting cast that includes the likes of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Cab (Minnie the Moocher) Calloway, John Lee Hooker, and Carrie Fisher, among quite a few others, The Blues Brothers is one tremendous cinematic force - in both the Musical film and Action film genres, respectively. John Landis, who co-wrote the screenplay with Aykroyd, also directs the high-leveled ensemble. In this feel-good tale, the plot revolves around the threatened foreclosure of a Catholic orphanage in which the two brothers were raised. The city has placed an unlawful detainer on the orphanage, and if members of its clergy fail to raise $5,000, the amount needed to stay the pending foreclosure, then it's eviction time for all of those needy children who still call the institution home. But before "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues see that happen, they'll tear a whole lotta Chicago up! With that, the crazy and over-the-top hilarious action begins ... And "laughing out loud" will truly be an understatement. Set in the Windy City, The Blues Brothers is jam-packed with action, adventure, great music, comedy, and deep, heartstrings-tugging emotion. It does its part in helping to define what a genuinely great and entertaining movie should be. And it is a CLASSIC in every sense of the adjective. My big brother (God love him) introduced me to this film, by way of a movie date, over three decades ago. And to this day, I continue to harbor for both him and it, a love beyond passion. Five stars!

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