Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Blues Brothers (1980)

Jake Blues (aka Joliet Jake, played by Belushi) has just been released from prison and is greeted outside by his brother Elwood (Aykroyd). Jake has been in prison for quite a while so his brother catches him up; apparently he sold the Blues-Mobile for a microphone, now drives a used police car, the Blues band has broken up and the orphanage where they were raised is being shut down due to insufficient funds. So he suggests getting their band back together and putting on a show to help save the place. On a “mission from God”, they gather up their old band members to put on the show of the decade! But along the way, Jake and Elwood get into trouble with the police, the Illinois Nazi party, a girlfriend of one of their band members, and a girl who just seems to keep going after them and wants them dead. With lots of great music, humor and great stars, this film is one fun roller-coaster ride. Starring John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Carrie Fisher 8/10

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