- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 13 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 9, 2013
- Originally Released: 1980
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
John Belushi &
Carrie Fisher &
Dan Aykroyd &
John Lee Hooker,
Robert K. Weiss
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"We're on a mission from God."
- Ellwood (Dan Aykroyd)
Total Film - 02/01/2004
"John Belushi's '70s hangover has yet to kick in and his funny act with Dan Aykroyd is complemented by James Brown, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin."
Mojo - 12/01/2004
"[T]he movie is rightly hailed for its classic cameos from Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and James Brown..."
New York Times - 08/30/2005
"BLUES BROTHERS may be among the last original movie musicals to incorporate song and dance performances into its plot, rather than grafting them on as concert material."
Premiere - 10/01/2005
"[I]t was their utter devotion to the Blues Brothers as characters that make it happen from scene to scene."
In this classic comedy-musical, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi star as Jake and Elwood Blues, white rhythm-and-blues musicians who are on a mission from God: to raise $5,000 for the orphanage where they grew up before it is closed for failure to pay back taxes. In order to succeed, they must resurrect their band, the Blues Brothers, and stay one step ahead of their enemies: Jake's ex-fiancée, the police, a bunch of Illinois Nazis, and a country-western band, not to mention the Chicago police. This much-loved comedy features tremendous song-and-dance numbers by such famous musicians as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles.
Behind The Scenes |
Blues Music |
Essential Cinema |
Music (General) |
Scams And Cons |
- Theatrical Release: June 1, 1980.
- Fimed on location in Chicago.
- Estimated budget: $27 million.
- Estimated domestic gross: $57 million.
- Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman) has a cameo in the film as a waiter.
- Aretha Franklin's backup singers on her rendition of "Think" are her real-life sisters.
Director John Landis, Steven Spielberg, and Frank Oz all have cameo roles in the film.