The Blues Brothers

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


  • Tom Erhart
  • Gerald Walling
  • John Belushi
  • Walter Levine
  • Frank Oz
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Kathleen Freeman
  • Cab Calloway
  • Donald Dunn
  • Alonzo Atkins

Did You Know?


  • Every time the window in Elwood's apartment is visible, a train goes past.
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  • When being chased by the Illinois Nazis, the Bluesmobile comes to a halt and just misses falling over the edge of an incomplete bridge. Elwood then throws the car into reverse and the force of the car's acceleration causes it to flip on its own rear-bumper and leap over the pursuing car. However, the way the car is shown rotating in mid-air (edge over edge), it should have landed still pointing in the same direction it was traveling before the flip. Instead, the car lands pointed in the opposite direction (and without the half-flip necessary to have the wheels down on the pavement).
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    • [Sister Mary Stigmata hits Elwood with her stick]
    • Elwood: Ow, you fat penguin!
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5.0 out of 5
Verified Review

Great movie, one of my all time faves, so glad to see it on the big screen for the first time.

Terry W



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

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times