U.S., 1980, 133 min, 35mm, Dir. John Landis, Rated R, Universal Pictures
The Blues Brothers
"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." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Nutty, hilarious, and full of soul, The Blues Brothers is the kind of film that pulls you in as it sets off on its own groove. When they learn the orphanage they grew up in will be closed unless $5000 in property taxes is paid, “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) hop in their Bluesmobile – a decommissioned police car – to reunite the Blues Brothers band and save their childhood home. John Landis (Animal House, An American Werewolf in London) co-wrote and directed the film, itself based on an SNL sketch written by Aykroyd & Belushi. Keep your eyes open for a slew of cameos ranging from James Brown, Cab Calloway, Carrie Fisher, John Candy, a young Mr. T, and the recently departed Aretha Franklin in her most memorable screen appearance performing "Think."
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