The Blues Brothers (Unrated)

Released 1980


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John Landis
The Blues Brothers is the legendary 1980 comedy smash hit full of memorable musical numbers from a Who's Who of American music legends and big scale scenes of eye-popping destruction from acclaimed comedy director John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Animal House, Coming to America). Elwood Blues and Joliet Jake are two former musicians trying to lead a straight life after numerous illegal incidents in the past when they were traveling with their band. After Jake makes parole, the two head to their former orphanage for a visit only to find out it's in danger of being shut down with only eleven days to get the money. Not wanting to lose the only home they've known and after getting a inspiration from visiting a local church. The two set out to reunite their old band and raise the money. But a simple red light running gets the cops right back on their tail. Pretty soon modern day Nazis, an angry country band, the mob and the whole police force of Chicago is gunning for them.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The Telegraph

    The film also has stunning car chases, choreographed like the dancing in a musical, as the Blues Brothers are pursued throughout Chicago, at one point even tearing through a shoppi...

  • 80

    Empire Kim Newman

    And then, of course, there was the music, better music than any film had had for many years.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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...

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celebrity cameos, epic adventure, buddies and gal pals, cultural phenomenon, issues with authority