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02/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Blues Brothers" by Yojimbo

Jake and Elwood Blues are on a mission from god to put their band back together and raise money to stop the closure of their childhood orphanage. Looked at objectively, The Blues Brothers is one of THE most blatant exercises in self-indulgence ever perpetrated in cinema; it's obviously just a bunch of guys who got together and decided to wreck a load of police cars, blow some buildings up and dance around to their favourite tunes. Despite (or more likely, because of) this, it's become a huge cult. On the surface there doesn't appear to be as many laughs as there should, but that's probably more to do with the fact that the film is a good half hour longer than it should be than anything else. Aykroyd and Belushi's deadpan delivery works perfectly amid the slapstick carnage, and there are l...

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03/06/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"They're on a Mission From God"

This movie has laways had a special place in my heart ever since I watched it in 1994 when I was eight years old. The humor is great, the music legendary ("Everybody Needs Somebody" in paticular), and John Belushi's and Dan Akyroyd's on screen charisma smooth and perfect.

One thing that is great about this movie is the outstanding cast. Not only do they have characters played by great and highly regarded comedic and film actors, such as the late John Belushi, Dan Akyroyd, the late John Candy, and Carrie Fisher (that's right, Princess Leia), but also some memorable cameos from great blues musicians, such as Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, and Aretha Franklin. Truly a very memorable and star-studded cast.

The humor is really something to talk about in this movie. Most notabl...

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08/02/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Good soundtrack with some good laughs

"'Joliet' Jake Blues" (the late John Belushi) has been released from prison after a five-year sentence. His brother, "Elwood" (Dan Ackroyd) picks him up in a former black-and-white (police car) which he had bought at auction after trading the Bluesmobile for a microphone.

The first thing they do, against "Jake's" wishes, is to visit "Sister Mary Stigmata" (the late Kathleen Freeman), whom they have nicknamed "The Penguin" because of her nun outfit. She informs them that the orphanage she runs, and that they were raised in, is going to be shut down by the state of Illinois unless they raise $5,000 -- and their time limit is almost up.

After offering to get the money illegally, they go to a church suggested by "Curtis" (the late music legend "The Hi De Ho Man" Cab Calloway) to hear ...

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