The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

DVD - 2005
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After Jake Blues is release from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit the old home where they were raised by nuns. They learn the church is no longer supporting the institution and will sell the place to the education authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within the next 11 days. The brothers want to help and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the the money by staging a big show. As they set off on their "mission from god" they seem to make more enemies than friends along the way.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, [2005].
Edition: 25th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9781417034741
1417034742
9780783228044
078322804X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (148 min. ; 133 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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raymind
Dec 06, 2018

Dumb.

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humbleworm
Oct 12, 2018

This film is intended to showcase the music Belushi and Aykroyd loved, loosely tied together by the ridiculous plot of two characters being chased by pretty much everyone. The timing of the elevator scene near the end was brilliant.

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Yavin
Oct 06, 2018

A great comedy featuring Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi. My favorite musical with a ton of great blues music. The only film that I know where you can see Carrie Fisher with a flamethrower. It's a bit long and rated R primarily for language, but it's still a great movie.

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markd
Aug 15, 2017

A classic. Watched in my 20s and now again 40 ish years later. Still fun.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 27, 2015

Is it heresy to suggest that this movie is really not all that funny and that the idea of two white guys playing "blues brothers" continues the exploitative relationship of mass culture to black music? Probably. It is a classic after all.

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jrpeavy
Nov 21, 2014

Wasn't there a sequel made to this video? Blues Brothers 2*** ?

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modestgoddess
Jun 26, 2014

Definitely a fun romp, but a little long for my tastes (2.5 hours? for a COMEDY?!). Deadpan humour very enjoyable. Over the top scenes of mayhem detracted from the whole thing for me. Must've been fun to make, though. I wonder how much it cost to trash all those police cars....

aaa5756 Dec 17, 2012

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD

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Monolith
Sep 08, 2012

A monumental musical/comedy, co-written (w/Aykroyd) and masterfully directed by John Landis (Animal House, etc.). Blues, swing, soul legends -- Cab Calloway; Ray Charles; John Lee Hooker; James Brown; Ms. Aretha... Everybody on the planet wants a piece of Joliet Jake and Elwood: neo-Nazis, redneck good ole boys, psychotic jilted exes with heavy artillery... nevermind the cops, the army, & S.W.A.T. Gut-busting comedy, terrific music. A one of a kind, completely entertaining film. The timing, and the talent, top to bottom, was perfect. Unsurpassed. FIVE STARS.

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susarrey
Jun 11, 2012

This is my co-favorite movie, along with Terry Gilliam's Brazil. Is that weird? One so dark and British and the other so cheerfully grubby and American... Anyway...
Absolutely brilliant from start to finish. My mom saw it for the first time last week and she can't stop raving about it. The musical performances and time-capsule Chicago street scenes blew her away. I was astonished that she'd never seen it before, but I guess she thought it was just another Saturday Night Live movie so gave it a pass. Don't let this movie go unseen, even if it did spawn that largely regrettable group of films.

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Laura_X Apr 05, 2016

Elwood: What kind of music do you usually have here?
Claire: Oh, we got both kinds. We got country *and* western.

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pronto1961
May 23, 2013

carrie fisher's beauty salon is named 'curl up and dye'.

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pronto1961
May 23, 2013

blue lou: chicken wire?

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pronto1961
May 23, 2013

jake: what kind of music do you usually have here?
barmaid: oh, we have both kinds: country AND western.

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Monolith
Sep 08, 2012

(Jake is released on parole and is receiving his property) Corrections Officer: "One Timex digital watch, broken. One unused prophylactic. (disgusted, picks something up with his pen) One 'soiled'. One black suit jacket, one pair black suit pants. One hat, black. One pair of sunglasses. $23.07. Sign here."

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Monolith
Sep 08, 2012

Jake (running from the cops with Elwood): "First you trade the Cadillac for a microphone, then you lie to me about the band, now you're gonna put me right back in the joint!" Elwood: "They're not gonna catch us. We're on a mission from God."

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Monolith
Sep 08, 2012

Jake (in a restaurant, sidles up to the adjacent table): "How much for the leettle girl? The women. How much for the women?" Father: "What?" Jake: "Your women. I, I, I want to buy your women - the little girl, your daughters. Sell them to me. Sell me your children!" Father: "Maître d'!"

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Monolith
Sep 08, 2012

Elwood: "Illinois Nazis." Jake: "I hate Illinois Nazis."

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Monolith
Sep 08, 2012

Jake: "Bring me four fried chickens, and a Coke." Mrs. Murphy: "You want chicken wings, or chicken legs?" Jake: "Four fried chickens, and a Coke." Elwood: "And some dry white toast, please."

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Monolith
Sep 08, 2012

Mystery Woman (holding Jake at gunpoint): "...You miserable slug! You think you can talk your way out of this? You betrayed me!" Jake: "No, I didn't. Honest!... I-I ran out of gas! I had a flat tire! I didn't have enough money for cab fare! My tux didn't come back from the cleaners! An old friend came in from out of town! Someone stole my car! There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!!"

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Shane A WICKMAN
Feb 27, 2012

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Yavin
Oct 06, 2018

Coarse Language: Lot of language including f-bombs.

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