The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

Jake Blues, just released from prison, puts his old band back togther to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised.

Original Title: The Blues Brothers
Year: 1980
Countries: United States of America
Category: Music,Comedy,Action,Crime
Languages: English
Production Companies:
Gender: Music,Comedy,Action,Crime
Movie Cast:

  • Elwood Blues: Dan Aykroyd
  • 'Joliet' Jake Blues: John Belushi
  • Cleophus James: James Brown
  • Curtis: Cab Calloway
  • Ray: Ray Charles
  • Mrs. Murphy: Aretha Franklin
  • Steve 'The Colonel' Cropper: Steve Cropper
  • Donald 'Duck' Dunn: Donald 'Duck' Dunn
  • Murphy 'Murph' Dunne: Murphy Dunne
  • Willie 'Too Big' Hall: Willie Hall
  • "Bones" Malone: Tom Malone
  • 'Blue Lou' Marini: Lou Marini
  • Matt 'Guitar' Murphy: Matt Murphy
  • Mr. Fabulous: Alan Rubin
  • Mystery Woman: Carrie Fisher
  • Head Nazi: Henry Gibson
  • Burton Mercer: John Candy
  • Sister Mary Stigmata: Kathleen Freeman
  • Street Slim: John Lee Hooker
  • Prison Guard: Tom Erhart
  • Prison Guard: Gerald Walling
  • Prison Guard: Walter Levine
  • Choirmaster: Alonzo Atkins
  • Choir Soloist: Chaka Khan
  • Trooper Daniel: Armand Cerami
  • Trooper Mount: Steven Williams
  • Sales Girl: Kristi Oleson
  • Man in Toy Store: Gary McLarty
  • Lloyd: Joe Cuttone
  • The Cheese Whiz: Layne Britton
  • Mrs. Tarantino: Toni Fleming
  • Claire: Sheilah Wells
  • Cocktail Waitress: Rosie Shuster
  • Cocktail Waitress: Judith Belushi-Pisano
  • Man at Bar: Lou Perryman
  • Waiter: Paul Reubens
  • Father: Ben Piazza
  • Mother: Gwen Banta
  • Daughter #1: Lari Taylor
  • Daughter #2: Cindy Fisher
  • Daughter #3: Elizabeth Hoy
  • Sommelier: Tony M. Conde
  • Gruppenführer: Eugene J. Anthony
  • Nazi: Dean Hill
  • Nazi: Jack Orend
  • Nazi: Gene Schuldt
  • Nazi: Gary Houston
  • Cop: Charles Mountain
  • Corrections Officer: Frank Oz
  • Trooper La Fong: John Landis
  • Choir: Elmore James
  • Charming Trooper: Stephen Bishop
  • Tucker McElroy: Charles Napier
  • Cook County Assessor's Office Clerk: Steven Spielberg
  • Orphan: Curt Clendenin
  • Chic Lady: Twiggy
  • Maury Sline: Steve Lawrence
  • Young Guitar Thief: De'voreaux White
  • Bob: Jeff Morris
  • Guy on Street (uncredited): Mr. T
  • Man Dancing Outside Ray's Shop (uncredited): James Avery
  • Woman in Concert Crowd (uncredited): Raven De La Croix
  • Restaurant Patron (uncredited): Leoda Richards

Movie Crew:

  • Set Decoration: Leslie McCarthy-Frankenheimer
  • Writer: Dan Aykroyd
  • Set Decoration: Hal Gausman
  • Writer: John Landis
  • Producer: Robert K. Weiss
  • Original Music Composer: Elmer Bernstein
  • Director of Photography: Stephen M. Katz
  • Editor: George Folsey Jr.
  • Casting: Michael Chinich
  • Production Design: John J. Lloyd
  • Costume Design: Deborah Nadoolman
  • Executive Producer: Bernie Brillstein
  • Script Supervisor: Katherine Wooten
  • Boom Operator: Earl Sampson
  • Camera Operator: Steve Yaconelli
  • Stunts: Chuck Hayward
  • Stunt Coordinator: Gary McLarty
  • Production Supervisor: Fran Roy
  • Camera Operator: John LeBlanc
  • Camera Operator: Mako Koiwai
  • Stunts: Dick Ziker
  • Stunts: Stevie Myers

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    2 Review

  1. '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!

  2. OK, the title here is probably disingenuous. I live in Chicago, a city that doesn't allow you residence unless it can confirm that you love "The Blues Brothers" and "The Untouchables." So this review is coming with a fair amount of cultural bias out the door. So I'm just going to drop the honest part right now and tell you flatly that this is bias. It's likely the most bias review that you'll probably ever read.

    Franklin singing in a famous Maxwell street diner (now defunct) but still, that's pretty Chicago right there.

    And, of course, if you've ever lived by the L you get the joke about the trains running past you every couple of minutes at a deafening pitch.

    And there's the fact that I grew up in McHenry County when it was still a rural country podunk county and they still gave us the nod.

    It's all Chicago, and it's all Chicago with a line up of Blues cameo's that the world has never seen before and sadly will never see again, especially as the genre has faded to near obscurity with the generations after X.

    There's something splendid about it. It's a comedy that has never stopped reminding me of home. I can even sit down with my wife and watch this movie in our Chicago apartment and feel a nostalgia for the Chicago that used to be, for the Maxwell Street that used to be, and I can watch it when I'm out far from home and it acts as kind of a comfort piece.

    And, what I've found out in my life is that the love for it is international, or at least The Blues Brothers transcended borders and has a faithful following in Germany as well.

    It's a movie about The Blues and about Chicago, and don't listen to the nay sayers, even our home town boy Buddy Guy will tell you that the Blues aren't an exclusively Black thing, it's not an exclusively an American thing, they are an exclusively music thing. There is a reason, after all, why people say that they "appreciate" the Blues. And I don't think anyone is in a position to argue with Buddy Guy about this.

    So take this however you want. It's a funny musical with better music than musicals tend to have... or it's a beloved tradition that comes with your zip code. Either way it's something that only the most jaded and cynical among us won't enjoy and love.

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