The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

John Landis (1980)

15 Certificate
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This wonderful sprawling mess of a movie remains one of the best musical comedies of modern times. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd play the criminally minded brothers on a mission from God, who resurrect their rhythm-and-blues band, which includes luminaries such as Steve Cropper and Donald Dunn, to raise money for their old orphanage. The skimpiest of plots provides the excuse for a string of rousing numbers and cameo appearances from music legends such as Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, John Lee Hooker, James Brown and Ray Charles. When the music runs out, director John Landis stages a ludicrously spectacular car chase involving the massed forces of law and order, a rabid country-and-western band and a bunch of neo-Nazis. The supporting cast includes Carrie Fisher as a miffed lover, Twiggy, John Candy and Steven Spielberg.


Two criminal brothers discover the orphanage where they were raised faces closure unless the nuns who run it can pay their tax bill, so the pair embark on an urgent mission to revive their old blues band to raise the money needed. Comedy, starring John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, Carrie Fisher, John Candy and John Lee Hooker.

Cast & Crew

"Joliet" Jake Blues John Belushi
Elwood Blues Dan Aykroyd
Sister Mary Stigmata Kathleen Freeman
Reverend Cleophus James James Brown (2)
Curtis Cab Calloway
Mystery woman Carrie Fisher
Ray Ray Charles
Soul Food Cafe owner Aretha Franklin
Burton Mercer John Candy
Nazi leader Henry Gibson
Maury Slime Steve Lawrence
Tucker McElroy Charles Napier
Cook county clerk Steven Spielberg
Chic lady Twiggy
Waiter Paul Reubens
Director John Landis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: May be edited for language. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Jul 2009
Comedy Music