• The Blues Brothers (1980)

The Blues Brothers

Release Date: June 18th, 1980

DVD Release Date: September 9th, 1998

R |2 hr 13 min

Plot Summary

After his release from prison, Jake (John Belushi) reunites with his brother, Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) -- collectively known as the "Blues Brothers." Jake's first task is to save the orphanage the brothers grew up in from closing, by raising $5,000 to pay back taxes. The two are convinced they can earn the money by getting their old band back together. However, after playing several gigs and making a few enemies, including the police, the brothers face daunting odds to deliver the money on time.

Cast: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Henry Gibson

Director: John Landis

Genres: Action , Musical comedy

Production Co: Universal Pictures

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Underdog , Police officer , Hotel , Deception , Car , Bar , Pursuit , Amusing , Quest , 1980s , Madcap ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    The Telegraph

    The film also has stunning car chases, choreographed like the dancing in a musical, as the Blues Brothers are pursued throughout Chicago, at one point even tearing through a shopping mall, in their 'Bluesmobile', a retired 1974 Mount Prospect, Illinois Dodge Monaco patrol car. show more

  • 100
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    An exceptional comedy...Car wrecks and blues-related music galore in the best movie ever made in Chicago. [11 July 1980, p.3-8]

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    What's a little startling about this movie is that all of this works. The Blues Brothers cost untold millions of dollars and kept threatening to grow completely out of control. But director John Landis (of “Animal House”) has somehow pulled it together, with a good deal of help from the strongly defined personalities of the title characters. Belushi and Aykroyd come over as hard-boiled city guys, total cynics with a world-view of sublime simplicity, and that all fits perfectly with the movie's other parts. There's even room, in the midst of the carnage and mayhem, for a surprising amount of grace, humor, and whimsy. show more

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