History Film / TheBluesBrothers

14th Sep '17 9:09:15 AM Claystripe
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** In the second film, you see some wiring hooked up to the ignition of the Bluesmobile when they reveal where Elwood is. A short time later, you ssee the wiring is part of a secondary control method.

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** In the second film, you see some wiring hooked up to the ignition of the Bluesmobile when they reveal where Elwood is. A short time later, you ssee see the wiring is part of a secondary control method.
13th Sep '17 12:00:19 PM Codefreak5
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* WhereDoesSheGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: The Mystery Woman somehow has access to an absurd amount of firepower, including a bazooka, a flamethrower and enough explosives to bring down a building. SHe even has the ''military manuals''.

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* WhereDoesSheGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: The Mystery Woman somehow has access to an absurd amount of firepower, including a bazooka, a flamethrower and enough explosives to bring down a building. SHe She even has the ''military manuals''.
7th Sep '17 8:46:28 AM andx0r
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* EveryCarIsAPinto: Averted(!), and later becomes a full-blown subversion when the Illinois Nazis' red wagon (which actually ''is'' a Ford Pinto) [[spoiler:drops thousands of feet and punches a neat hole into the pavement without suffering so much as a scratch, let alone exploding]]. Their green wagon, also a Pinto, [[spoiler:drives neatly into the same hole and lands on top of the red one]].

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* EveryCarIsAPinto: Averted(!), and later becomes a full-blown subversion when the Illinois Nazis' red wagon (which actually ''is'' a Ford Pinto) [[spoiler:drops thousands of feet and punches a neat hole into the pavement without suffering so much as a scratch, let alone exploding]]. Their green wagon, also a Pinto, much larger Ford Galaxie station wagon, [[spoiler:drives neatly into the same hole and lands on top of the red one]].Pinto]].
29th Aug '17 4:16:03 PM WoodyAlien3rd
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* NiceHat: As with the CoolShades, the brothers' hats are never removed--except when Elwood uses his as a glove to punch out a window, and when he takes it off for a moment in a gesture of respect for the (very) defunct Bluesmobile.

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* NiceHat: As with the CoolShades, the brothers' hats are never removed--except when Elwood uses his as a glove to punch out a window, and when he takes it off for a moment in a gesture of respect for the (very) defunct Bluesmobile. In the sequel, Elwood takes it off two times: when Caleb tells him to do so, and when he's face to face with Queen Mousette, as a gesture of respect, prompting the other members of the band to do the same. She appreciates the gesture.



* SpinOff: Of the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketches.



* StealthPun: In the White Supremacist Rally scene, the Rally speaker refers to their party as the American Socialist White People's Party, or, if you were to initialize it, ASWPP. The Neo-Nazis are ASsWiP(P)es.

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* StealthPun: In the White Supremacist Rally scene, the Rally speaker refers to their party as the American Socialist White People's Party, or, if you were to initialize it, ASWPP. The Neo-Nazis are ASsWiP(P)es.[=ASsWiP(P)es=].



* SpinOff: Of the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketches.



Subverted by the police, who must also wait, but in their case, it's because the officer in charge wants to see the band play before they arrest them.

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** Subverted by the police, who must also wait, but in their case, it's because the officer in charge wants to see the band play before they arrest them.
24th Aug '17 8:48:26 PM marcoasalazarm
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* CoolGuns: The Nazi leader uses a DWM Luger.

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* CoolGuns: The Nazi leader uses a DWM Luger. Subverted when it jams while he's shooting at the brothers and cannot unjam it before he becomes part of Chicago's pavement.
24th Aug '17 5:35:55 PM ClintEastwood
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* FiveFiveFive: "[=KL5=]" on the card that John Candy leaves for Elwood at the flophouse.

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* FiveFiveFive: FiveFiveFive:
** Subverted. The "fake" address Elwood gives for his driver's license is a real address. But the address is that of Wrigley Field.
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"[=KL5=]" on the card that John Candy Mercer leaves for Elwood Jake at the flophouse.



* AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade: As Jake and Elwood deliver the 5 grand to the Cook County assessor's office, they do this to the lobby of the building...to keep out ''the army''. Bonus points for doing it again with office furniture to blockade the assessor's ''glass door and wall''.



* AerosolFlamethrower: Elwood uses a can of epoxy spray to torch an elevator control panel.
* AintTooProudToBeg: Jake pulls this off successfully when confronted by the Mystery Woman.



* AllInTheEyes: The eyes of the Neo-Nazi leader are lit like this while he's standing in front of Wrigley Field declaring war on Jake and Elwood.



* AlternateHistory: A somewhat more mundane example than most. Not long before the movie was made the Illinois state legislature had debated a law that would revoke the tax-exempt status of buildings owned by churches that weren't themselves used as houses of worship. In RealLife the law didn't pass but in the film it did, necessitating the boys take on their MissionFromGod to get money to pay the taxes on the Catholic orphanage they grew up in.



* AnimatedAdaptation: In 1997, 6 animated episodes were produced (with Peter Aykroyd and Jim Belushi) for the UPN network, but were never aired.

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* AnimatedAdaptation: In 1997, 6 animated episodes were produced (with Peter Aykroyd and Jim Belushi) Creator/JamesBelushi) for the UPN network, but were never aired.



* ArtisticLicenseCars:
** The Bluesmobile 'throws a rod' halfway through the chase through Chicago and sprays oil on the windshield, which then disappears moments later. The rear window that is shot out early on also reappears throughout the film, finally disappearing in final chase.
** While being chased through Chicago, Elwood takes a wrong turn on the highway and ends up on an unfinished portion, slams on the brakes, and shifts to reverse. The rear end dips down, causing the [[TheMemobile Bluesmobile]] to flip end over end, and somehow face the opposite direction. No one's figured out how.[[note]]Clearly the car was on a mission for God[[/note]] The Nazis chasing them drive right off the end, and crash into a street, causing a hole to break open in the road, which the second car then drives into.
** A deleted scene had Elwood fill the tires of the police cars at the concert with an overcharged glue that would cause the tires to explode when heated up.
** WordOfGod says that the Bluesmobile is [[AWizardDidIt "a magic car"]] and left it at that.



* AsHimself: Played with. The band members play themselves. The majority of them were part of the original backing band, and are well known blues and R&B legends, including Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn (both of whom played for Music/OtisRedding, amongst others), and Matt "Guitar" Murphy. Paul Shaffer turns up in ''Blues Brothers 2000'', but he's not actually playing himself -- he instead adopts a thick French accent, playing the role of Queen Mousette's aide, Marco. He later takes off the wig and performs with the band, though, for which he gets credited both as Marco and as himself on the end credits list.



* AudienceParticipation: In Australia, specifically the Valhalla theater in Melbourne (until it closed down in 2003), where the audience lovingly recite the dialogue, dress up as their favorite characters, throw items such as white bread, newspaper and stuffed animals at the screen, and dance in the aisles to the movie's awesome soundtrack. It's an awesome experience.
* AudienceParticipationSong: "Minnie the Moocher".



** Jim Belushi filled in for his late brother in a handful of live shows. Averted in the sequel, where he wasn't cast, due to scheduling and contract issues. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen It could have worked quite nicely]].

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** Jim Belushi Creator/JamesBelushi filled in for his late brother in a handful of live shows. Averted in the sequel, where he wasn't cast, due to scheduling and contract issues. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen It could have worked quite nicely]].



* BadassDriver: It takes a lot of gusto to turn a car around at the end of an unfinished bridge like Elwood did. He can even speed through the dark of the night and outrun dozens of police cars with his sunglasses on.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Subverted. The brothers wear black suits, but it's soon revealed that those are the only clothes they own. They wear them to bed, into the sauna, etc. Unsurprisingly, they smell bad. Lampshaded in the sequel when Elwood tells his new partners why they have to dress the same way.



** In the sequel, Elwood's "puffball bacteria." John Goodman's [[LargeHam intentional hamming it up]] and Evan Bonifant's over-the-top screaming is hilarious, but the rest of the band ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny completely ignoring them]]'' is what sells it.

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** In the sequel, Elwood's "puffball bacteria." John Goodman's Creator/JohnGoodman's [[LargeHam intentional hamming it up]] and Evan Bonifant's over-the-top screaming is hilarious, but the rest of the band ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny completely ignoring them]]'' is what sells it.it.
* BeamOfEnlightenment: Jake experiences this in a black church, which sets the plot ball rolling.
* BehindTheBlack:
** Jake and Elwood get to the clerk's office, file their paperwork, and save the orphanage. Then the camera turns and about forty police officers and National Guardsmen are right behind them with guns drawn. Jake, Elwood, and the clerk didn't see or hear them come in, despite the fact that they were the opposite of stealthy in the buildup scenes and would have had to break through the Blues's makeshift barricades.
** In the wide shot, the clerk (played by Creator/StevenSpielberg) is seen pointing a gun at the brothers from behind them. Despite the fact that literally a second earlier he was seated on the opposite side of the counter, unarmed.
** After Jake and Elwood have a conversation with Maury about booking them for a big event in a steam room, the camera zooms out to show the entire rest of the band sitting orderly just off-screen.



* BizarreTasteInFood: Elwood's preferred food is dry white toast, one slice of which makes up an entire meal for him.



* BlatantLies: The Apology of Jake Blues.
-->'''Mystery Woman''': You miserable slug! You think you can talk your way out of this? You betrayed me!
-->'''Jake''': No I didn't! Honest...I ran out of gas. I...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!!!
* BlindBlackGuy: Ray, true to his nature as a [[TheDanza Danza]] of Music/RayCharles, is implied to be blind.
* BlindMistake: Ray is shown hanging up a poster advertising the Blues Brothers' concert upside down.
* BlindMusician: Music/RayCharles does some light AdamWesting as the owner of Ray's Music Exchange. He plays a total dick of a store owner, obviously employing some shady business practices and even fires a handgun at a kid he suspects of shoplifting, but hoo boy can he play the electric piano!
* BlindWeaponmaster: Ray fires a couple of warning shots at a would-be guitar thief.



* {{Bowlderise}}: In the TV version, Jake tells the nun that she's up "the creek" instead of "shit creek," which makes it look strange that she finds the phrase so offensive. Also, they replace Elwood's repeated use of "bullshitting" with "bamboozling". The nun also seems to find "Ow, my arm!" to be offensive, then again, it is funny in an unintentional way.



* CameraAbuse: During the car chase scene in the mall, some of the musical instruments hit the camera causing it to shake and at the end of the scene a person runs into the camera.



* CarMeetsHouse: The police chase the titular duo through a mall. Both the Brothers themselves and the police repeatedly drive into shops.
-->'''Elwood''': The new Oldsmobiles are in early this year!



* ChaseFight: The title characters are trying to get to the Cook County Assessor's office to pay the tax on the orphanage. They're pursued by police officers, National Guard troops, Nazis and a country-western band, with much destruction along the way.



* ChekovsClassroom: Elwood goes on one of these lectures to Jake on the benefits of a cop car: cop shocks, engine, suspension, etc. This comes in handy with the utter vehicular chaos that ensues.



* ChristianityIsCatholic: Subverted. While the orphanage where Jake and Elwood grew up is clearly Catholic (and run by {{Creepy Nun}}s, no less), the only religious service the brothers attend is at the '''VERY''' evangelical Triple Rock Baptist Church. Then again, if Music/JamesBrown was a pastor...
* ChronicallyCrashedCar: The Bluesmobile doesn't quite crash, but it gets into progressively more ludicrous (and strenuous) chases over the course of the movie, and at the end of the final one simply falls to pieces after finally getting Jake and Elwood to their goal.
* ClickHello: Taken to the absurd extreme. After finally getting the money needed to save the orphanage to the Clerk and Recorder's office, Jake and Elwood both reach out to take the receipt. In a flash, their wrists are locked together in handcuffs, upon which they turn... and discover probably EVERY Police officer, SWAT Member, and Army Soldier in the greater Chicago area pointing a weapon at them.



* ComicallyInvincibleHero: Among other things Jake and Elwood casually dodge bullets from multiple shooters, survive a propane explosion, having an apartment complex dropped on them, and walk away from several car crashes that would probably kill a normal human. It's heavily implied to be the result of DivineIntervention.



* CoolGuns: The Nazi leader uses a DWM Luger.



* CreepyCatholicism: The title characters go "to see 'The Penguin'" - a very stern, heavyset, intimidating Catholic nun who wields a wooden 1-foot ruler like a martial arts weapon and moves with a GhostlyGlide.



* CrowdSong:
** During the concert at the end, Curtis manages to get the whole crowd singing along to parts of "Minnie the Moocher". A better example, however, may be the scene in Ray's Music Exchange - true, the crowd doesn't sing along to "Shake your Tailfeather", but they do dance along, with remarkable accuracy and skill, after which everyone cheers. Presumably they were happy to get the take.
** "Minnie" is ''totally'' justified, as it's a call-and-response song that Music/CabCalloway was known for performing the same way "Curtis" does it in the movie, and the audience would faithfully sing along. It's not like "hi de hi de hi de hi" are difficult lyrics, after all. The one time Calloway actually breaks out into something that's hard to follow (something like "zip-dot-deet-doot-diddly-zip-a-deet-dot-diddly-zip-zap-zeet-do-ooohh"), the audience just laughs in response.
** Also when Mrs. Murphy starts singing at her husband, not only do the customers keep time, but the girls at the counter become spontaneous backup singers. After the song ends, they sit down as if nothing had happened.
* DamageProofVehicle: The Bluesmobile is indestructible (except when it reaches the courthouse, at which point it spontaneously falls apart). A better indicator of this trope is the chase scene earlier in the film through a crowded mall. The mall was abandoned and had nothing inside. The Blues Brothers team filled the inside of the mall, then asked a few car dealers to fill the lot outside so the mall would look crowded. In interviews later on, the cast and crew were very afraid of doing any damage whatsoever to the parked cars, as they all had to go back to the dealers without a scratch. They were on a mission from God, you know.



* DisabilitySuperpower: Ray is apparently a crack shot with a pistol and uses this ability to scare off shoplifters who try and take advantage of his blindness.



* DistinctionWithoutADifference: Jake finds out from Elwood that the rest of their old band had taken straight jobs. Jake is upset that Elwood lied to him and claimed that the band might still get back together; Elwood replies, "It wasn't a lie... it was bullshit."
* DramaticGunCock: Around 100 rifles, assault rifles, and other firearms are pointed at the brothers in the climactic scene, and we get to hear a lot of them being cocked. Interestingly, the first click-click is the brothers getting handcuffed. Were the officers and soldiers going to shoot them while in custody?



* DrinkOrder: Burton Mercer attends the film's pivotal fund-raising concert in order to arrest the performing band, but decides he wants to see them perform first and orders three Orange Whips for himself and the much more "serious" uniformed state troopers he is with.
** The line was ad-libbed as an informal promotion of a non-alcoholic orange creame beverage sold by the family of the film's costumer. Since the film the beverage has morphed into a sweet alcoholic cocktail.



* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Played for laughs. Two Illinois Nazis are falling to their deaths in a car, their eyes and mouths open in shock. One turns to the other and says "I've always loved you". The other Nazi simply looks at his lieutenant without changing his expression.



* EscalatingChase: Jake and Elwood not only get dozens of LemmingCops on their tail but also Jake's PsychoExGirlfriend and the Illinois Nazis.



* EveryoneJoinTheParty: Inverted. While the police have been chasing Jake and Elwood for the whole film, at the climax, hundreds of police men, SWAT team, soldiers, tanks, and helicopters show up out of nowhere in downtown Chicago to apprehend two unarmed men.
* EvilDebtCollector: Jake and Elwood attempt to put on another show in order to save the orphanage they were raised in from being closed due to back tax debt.
* ExcuseMeComingThrough: Most notably in the mall chase, shown with hood cameras.
* ExplosiveOverclocking: This is what the Bluesmobile is doing during the final epic chase sequence from the Palace Hotel Ballroom to Chicago City Hall, presumably because it's on a Mission from God. It eludes cops, Illinois Nazis, and the Good Ole Boys, gets Jake and Elwood to the Cook County Assessor's Office in record time, and then collapses into a pile of scrap metal.



* FascinatingEyebrow: Creator/JohnBelushi as Jake Blues.

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* FamilyOfChoice: Jake and Elwood met each other while they were both in an orphanage, and used a string from Elmore James' guitar to become BloodBrothers.
* FascinatingEyebrow: Creator/JohnBelushi as Jake Blues.Jake's right eyebrow seemed fixed in this position.



* FinalSpeech: As they are falling to their death in a car, one Illinois Nazi says to the other (the leader), "I've always loved you."



* FriendlyEnemy: The police detective played by Creator/JohnCandy seems honestly amused by Jake and Elwood's ability to trick the police; he even insists on waiting to arrest them until he's heard them play. Hell, even when he ends up with his car embedded in the back of a semi near the end, he doesn't seem the least bit angry about it.

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* FriendlyEnemy: The police detective played by Creator/JohnCandy Burton Mercer seems honestly amused by Jake and Elwood's ability to trick the police; he even insists on waiting to arrest them until he's heard them play. Hell, even when he ends up with his car embedded in the back of a semi near the end, he doesn't seem the least bit angry about it.



* GhostButler: When Jake and Elwood go to visit the Penguin in their old orphanage, the door to her office opens of itself as they approach. Of course, the only Ghost in play here would be the Holy one.



* GiveMeASign: "The band... ''the band!''"



** Jake does this to talk Creator/CarrieFisher out of murdering them. It's the only time in the original theatrical release of the whole movie when either of them take their sunglasses off.

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** Jake does this to talk Creator/CarrieFisher the Mystery Woman out of murdering them. It's the only time in the original theatrical release of the whole movie when either of them take their sunglasses off.



* GospelChoirsAreJustBetter: The Brothers' moment of inspiration that kicks off the plot features them being sung at by Music/JamesBrown and a berobed gospel choir.
* GospelRevivalNumber: Both Blues Brothers movies first one having "The Old Landmark" (with Music/JamesBrown presiding!), second time around featuring John The Revelator (although we get a taste of the song during the opening credits too, with Taj Mahal singing solo. It's later on sung again at a Tent Revival by James Brown, Sam "The Supervoice" Moore, and Joe Morton.
* GratuitousNazis: On their quest, the boys just happen to run into Illinois Nazis.
* TheGrovel: Jake delivers one of these (in the form of a HurricaneOfExcuses) to the fiance he left at the altar. She forgives him and they kiss passionately - only for him to then drop her in the mud and run off again.



* HammerspacePoliceForce: Used to hilarious effect in the climatic action sequence. (According to the article, this movie held the Guinness world record for cars destroyed in a single movie for 18 years, and was then trumped by its sequel.) After Jake and Elwood evade every single member of the Chicago police and the Illinois state troopers, the National Guard gets called in to apprehend them. The National Guard shows up with a tank, helicopters, and several hundred assault-rifle wielding soldiers.



* HelloAgainOfficer: State Troopers Mount and Daniel, and Burton Mercer.



* HollywoodPoliceDrivingAcademy: If the cops' driving were any worse, [[EpicFail they would burst into flame as soon as they got in]].

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* HollywoodNuns: Sister Mary Stigmata ("The Penguin") plays the "elderly, scary disciplinarian with a yardstick" role almost straight, except for the fact that she moves like she's on wheels.
* HollywoodPoliceDrivingAcademy: If the cops' driving were any worse, [[EpicFail they would burst into flame as soon as they got in]]. The ones in the sequel are the advanced class, to the point where it breaks the SuspensionOfDisbelief. At least when they confront the pileup at the end of Lower Wacker Drive in the first film, the cops stop.



* HolyBacklight: Jake's release from prison at the start.



* HydrantGeyser: A geyser is seen to erupt after the police car collides with The Good Old Boys' Winnebago after the Blues Brothers flee the Country Bunker.
* HyperspaceWardrobe: The band do a super-fast costume change for Curtis to lead them in Minne the Moocher. They change back in the blink of a camera cut afterwards.
* ICanExplain: Played for laughs. Jake's 'explanation' turns out to be a series of increasingly unlikely excuses. Amazingly enough they do the job and let the brothers make their escape.
* IconicItem: The brothers' black suits and fedoras. And their sunglasses, of course.
* IconicOutfit: The brothers' black suit pants and jackets, ties, shades, hats, and white shirts. Mostly the shades, if anything gets parodied.



* ImplacableMan: Jake and Elwood are a rare ''heroic'' example. Once put on their divine mission to save an orphanage, they're shot at, bombed, and chased by every force imaginable. None of this can do anything more than slow them down.



* InvincibleClassicCar: The Bluesmobile survives incredible abuse amidst ridiculous stunts until it literally comes apart once the boys finally reach Daley Plaza. Though unusually for this trope, it was only five years old at the time of filming.



* ItHasBeenAnHonor: When their car is plummeting off an incomplete highway, one Nazi looks at the other one and goes, "I've always loved you," just before crashing.
* ItsXIHateX:
-->'''Elwood''': Illinois Nazis.
-->'''Jake''': I ''hate'' Illinois Nazis.
* JabbaTableManners: Jake and Elwood deliberately invoke this trope to drag Mr. Fabulous away from his ritzy maître d' job and back into their band. Though his insistence to buy the young daughter of the family in the next table probably has even greater effect.



* JustKeepDriving: The police car carrying Burton Mercer and the two state troopers who had been pursuing Elwood from the start crash into a trailer. The truck keeps driving.



* KnuckleTattoos: The brothers each have their names on their knuckles. Elwood's name actually spills onto his other hand.



* LargeHam: The scene where Jake finally comes face to face with the Mystery Woman and throws himself on his knees to apologize:
-->'''Jake''': Oh, please, don't kill us! Please, please don't kill us! You know I love you baby. I wouldn't leave ya. It wasn't my fault!
-->'''Mystery Woman''': You miserable slug! You think you can talk your way out of this? You betrayed me.
-->'''Jake''': No, I didn't! Honest! I ran out of gas! I, 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!'''



* LoudspeakerTruck: The brothers mount one on the Bluesmobile to advertise their show at the Plaza.



* {{MacGuffin}}: Raising the money to pay the orphanage's debts.



* MagicBrakes: Elwood glues the Good Ol' Boys' truck's accelerator pedal down.
* MagicBus: The Bluesmobile.



* MeaningfulName: The film begins with "Joliet" Jake Blues being released from Joliet Correctional Center.



* MinorInjuryOverreaction: "They broke my watch".



* MusicalWorldHypothesis: The music is mostly diegetic, with actual bands and musicians doing rehearsed performances. But then you have Music/ArethaFranklin randomly bursting into song in a diner accompanied by background singers, and people flooding the streets to do a choreographed dance when Music/RayCharles belts out a number. "Minnie the Moocher" is an odd case where the ''music'' is clearly diegetic ([[ContrivedCoincidence they just happened to know how to play that exact song perfect the first time]]), but the ''outfits'' worn by the band are clearly part of an AlternateUniverse: they instantly change from their regular clothes to white vests when the song starts and suddenly reverted when it ends between shots, without any scene change whatsoever.
* MysteriousMercenaryPursuer: The Mystery Woman qualifies in method, if not in profession.



* NeverGoingBackToPrison: The title characters are pretty determined not to go back to prison... at least until they can pay the assessment taxes on the orphanage they grew up in.
* NeverMessWithGranny: The Penguin maybe a little young, but she fits the badass by whipping the piss out of Jake and Elwood.



* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Played for laughs. The Mystery Woman tries several different times to kill Jake. She uses a missile to blow up the building where he (and his brother) live, bringing the whole building down on them. They just arise from the pile of bricks, brush themselves off, and continue on their "mission from God". Later on, she fires a flame thrower at them while they're in a phone booth next to a propane tank, blowing them up into the air. When they land, the phone breaks and they pick up the change. The justification (not directly stated by rather heavily implied) is that since they are on a "mission from God" they have His divine protection too.



* ParallelParking: Elwood has to be one of the best in history. Able to do an e-brake slide into any spot.



* ProducePelting: Although it's beer bottles instead of vegetables. And that's even ''after'' they please the crowd! Good thing the chicken wire between the band and the stage is reinforced with PlotArmor.

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* ProducePelting: Although it's beer bottles instead of vegetables. And that's even ''after'' they please the crowd! Good thing the chicken wire between the band PoliceAreUseless: The Chicago Police and the stage is reinforced with PlotArmor.Illinois State Police.



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: The neo-Nazi villains are introduced by their leader giving a deeply racist speech at a rally. Our heroes are not pleased.
* PostVictoryCollapse: The Bluesmobile pulls off all sorts of crazy stunts throughout the film, but after a 120 mile mad-dash to the city tax office with just about ''every law officer in the state'' hot on their tail (plus a few other groups they pissed off along the way), the car quite literally falls to pieces after pulling up in front of the building; it's mission complete.



* ProducePelting: Although it's beer bottles instead of vegetables. And that's even ''after'' they please the crowd! Good thing the chicken wire between the band and the stage is reinforced with PlotArmor.



* TheQuest: Jake and Elwood embark on one to save their orphanage.



* RampJump: The Bluesmobile jumps the gap between two halves of a raised drawbridge in a police car. Since the car landed on a slope, this one is at least plausible (if still incredibly dangerous).
* RareGuns: The Mystery Woman's prop rocket launcher is obviously based on the M202 FLASH.
* RatedMForManly: It's about saving an orphanage with the [[ThePowerOfRock power of awesome music]] and outrunning the police in a CoolCar, while wearing SunglassesAtNight. It's the only musical men will watch, even if they deny that it's a musical.
* RaysFromHeaven: One of these hits Jake as he and Elwood are standing at the back of a church and he has an epiphany "The band!"



-->'''Elwood:''' You may go if you wish. Remember this: Walk away now and you walk away from your crafts, your skills, your vocations; leaving the next generation with nothing but recycled, digitally-sampled techno-grooves, quasi-synth rhythms, pseudo-songs of violence-laden gangsta-rap, acid pop, and simpering, saccharine, soulless slush. Depart now and you forever separate yourselves from the vital American legacies of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Jimmie Reed, Memphis Slim, Blind Boy Fuller, Louie Jordan, Little Walter, Big Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson I (and II), Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Elvis Presley, Lieber and Stoller, and Robert K. Weiss.

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-->'''Elwood:''' You may go if you wish. Remember this: Walk away now and you walk away from your crafts, your skills, your vocations; leaving the next generation with nothing but recycled, digitally-sampled techno-grooves, quasi-synth rhythms, pseudo-songs of violence-laden gangsta-rap, acid pop, and simpering, saccharine, soulless slush. Depart now and you forever separate yourselves from the vital American legacies of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Music/MuddyWaters, Willie Dixon, Jimmie Reed, Memphis Slim, Blind Boy Fuller, Louie Jordan, Little Walter, Big Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson I (and II), Otis Redding, Music/OtisRedding, Jackie Wilson, Elvis Presley, Music/ElvisPresley, Lieber and Stoller, and Robert K. Weiss.



* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: When Jake and Elwood offer to get the money for the Penguin "in a day" (by stealing it, which Jake just got out of prison for), she immediately stops them, refusing to accept any money gained from a life of crime.



* SentimentalSacrifice: The Bluesmobile falls apart when they get to the Cook County building. The boys stop for a moment and take their hats off in silent salute.



* SiblingTeam: Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues. However, they're not biologically related - they became blood brothers while growing up together in the orphanage which the film centers around saving, and took the Blues name as adults.



* SloMoBigAir: Jake and Elwood have this in their Bluesmobile. Some say it was because they were on a Mission from God. Apparently, John Landis said "It's just a magic car!".
* SmokingIsCool: Virtually everyone smokes. Jake in particular is typically seen holding a cigarette in the film's poster.
* SmokyVoice: Lloyd, the very raspy fellow at Elwood's SRO flop house. Elwood delivers him a pack of smokes.



* SoundtrackDissonance: The finale of the crazy chase is when Jake and Elwood get on a lift to reach the office where they have to deliver the check for the orphanage's back taxes. Scenes where the frenzied pursuers storm the building are then counterpointed with shots of the Blues Brothers silently standing in the lift as "The Girl from Ipanema" plays in a corny, soothing muzak version.



* StaircaseTumble: Angry over the wayward ways of Jake and Elwood Blues, Sister Mary Stigmata starts whacking them with a cane, causing them to flee. Jake is unable to escape the schooldesk he's crammed into and ends up tumbling down the stairs in it.



* StealthPun: In the White Supremacist Rally scene, the Rally speaker refers to their party as the American Socialist White People's Party, or, if you were to initialize it, ASWPP. The Neo-Nazis are ASsWiP(P)es.
* SternNun: The Penguin.



* {{Thememobile}}: The Bluesmobile.

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* {{Thememobile}}: The Bluesmobile. The previous one was a Cadillac that Elwood traded in for a microphone (a fair trade, we're told). The replacement Bluesmobile seen in the movie was a former police car that at first appears to be The Alleged Car, but endures more abuse than any automobile reasonably should. It also proves to be tire-shreddingly fast, in spite of its appearance.



* ToughRoom: Bob's Country Kitchen is a country-western bar with a heavily redneck clientele. When the Blues Brothers start up a show there with "Gimme Some Lovin'" (a blues song, naturally), they're pelted with beer bottles and boos. They then launch into a country set including the theme from ''Series/{{Rawhide}}'' and "Stand By Your Man", which gets them pelted with beer bottles ''and raucous cheers.'' At least there's a chicken-wire fence up to protect the stage...

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* ToughRoom: Bob's Country Kitchen Bunker is a country-western bar with a heavily redneck clientele. When the Blues Brothers start up a show there with "Gimme Some Lovin'" (a blues song, naturally), they're pelted with beer bottles and boos. They then launch into a country set including the theme from ''Series/{{Rawhide}}'' and "Stand By Your Man", which gets them pelted with beer bottles ''and raucous cheers.'' At least there's a chicken-wire fence up to protect the stage...



* UnscrupulousHero: The brothers, especially Jake. They mean well enough as they just want to save the orphanage they grew up in, but they're not above scamming patrons, acting like jackasses and endangering bystanders more than they really need to.



--->'''Elwood:''' Who ''is'' that?

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--->'''Elwood:''' Who ''is'' that?that girl?


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* WalkingInRhythm: While sneaking into the Palace Hotel Ballroom, Jake and Elwood tiptoe past a snoozing policeman to the beat of Music/CabCalloway singing "Minnie the Moocher". The scene is probably a reference to artists like Calloway, who would lead a band and a crowd simultaneously, and walk to the beat as part of the performance.
* WatchThePaintJob: The Bluesmobile receives a brief but moving moment of silence from Jake and Elwood shortly after its (hilarious) demise.
* WeSellEverything: The drive-through mall scene:
-->'''Jake:''' There's pants and burgers.\\
'''Elwood:''' Yeah, lots of space in this mall.\\
'''Jake:''' Disco pants and haircuts.\\
'''Elwood:''' Yeah... Baby clothes.\\
'''Jake:''' This place has got everything.\\
'''Elwood:''' The new Oldsmobiles are in early this year.
* WeWait:
** Invoked: Bob and the Good Ole Boys have bought tickets to the Blues Brothers' show, and must now wait for the band to actually come on stage.
Subverted by the police, who must also wait, but in their case, it's because the officer in charge wants to see the band play before they arrest them.
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** "God walks in mysterious ways" in the sequel.

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** "God walks "The Lord works in mysterious ways" ways." in the sequel.
29th Jul '17 10:19:28 AM AzureOwl
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* WhereDoesSheGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: The Mystery Woman somehow has access to an absurd amount of firepower, including a bazooka and enough explosives to bring down a building. SHe even has the ''military manuals''.

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* WhereDoesSheGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: The Mystery Woman somehow has access to an absurd amount of firepower, including a bazooka bazooka, a flamethrower and enough explosives to bring down a building. SHe even has the ''military manuals''.
29th Jul '17 10:11:05 AM AzureOwl
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* WhereDoesSheGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: The Mystery Woman somehow has access to an absurd amount of firepower, including a bazooka and enough explosives to bring down a building.

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* WhereDoesSheGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: The Mystery Woman somehow has access to an absurd amount of firepower, including a bazooka and enough explosives to bring down a building. SHe even has the ''military manuals''.
29th Jul '17 9:51:39 AM AzureOwl
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* WhereDoesSheGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: The Mystery Woman somehow has access to an absurd amount of firepower, including a bazooka and enough explosives to bring down a building.
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