History Film / TheBluesBrothers

4th May '16 2:17:58 PM eroock
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Perhaps the greatest ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' act to spin off from the show into the realm of movies. Back when Creator/DanAykroyd wasn't fat and Creator/JohnBelushi wasn't dead, they starred together in an occasional sketch-cum-musical-act featuring the two of them in dark suits and [[CoolShades sunglasses]] as "'''The Blues Brothers'''"; Belushi was Jake Blues, and Aykroyd was Jake's silent brother Elwood. What made the skits good? The duo were skilled at both the comedy (which was obvious) and the music (which was surprising). Aykroyd and Belushi spun off their own band with established musicians (members of the ''SNL'' house band as well as experienced R&B musicians) and served as the frontmen, in character as Elwood and Jake; their 1978 album ''Briefcase Full of Blues'' was a big success in its own right, topping the ''Billboard'' album chart and producing a Top 20 hit single with their remake of the Sam & Dave classic "Soul Man".

In 1980, they got a musical-extravaganza feature film--titled '''''The Blues Brothers'''''--that quickly and deservedly became a CultClassic. "Joliet" Jake Blues has [[JustGotOutOfJail just been released from prison]], with Elwood there to pick him up in a battered piece of crap that used to be a police car. (Elwood is not silent in this film; he gives some serious lectures.) Fulfilling a promise made before Jake began serving his sentence, the brothers go to the Chicagoland orphanage where they grew up and visit "The Penguin", the nun who runs the place. During this meeting, the brothers learn that the orphanage is about to be closed down if its $5,000 property tax bill cannot be paid off by the end of the month.

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Perhaps the greatest ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' act to spin off from the show into the realm of movies. Back when Creator/DanAykroyd wasn't fat and Creator/JohnBelushi wasn't dead, they starred together in an occasional sketch-cum-musical-act featuring the two of them in dark suits and [[CoolShades sunglasses]] as "'''The "The Blues Brothers'''"; Brothers"; Belushi was Jake Blues, and Aykroyd was Jake's silent brother Elwood. What made the skits good? The duo were skilled at both the comedy (which was obvious) and the music (which was surprising). Aykroyd and Belushi spun off their own band with established musicians (members of the ''SNL'' house band as well as experienced R&B musicians) and served as the frontmen, in character as Elwood and Jake; their 1978 album ''Briefcase Full of Blues'' was a big success in its own right, topping the ''Billboard'' album chart and producing a Top 20 hit single with their remake of the Sam & Dave classic "Soul Man".

In 1980, they got a musical-extravaganza feature film--titled '''''The ''The Blues Brothers'''''--that Brothers''--that quickly and deservedly became a CultClassic. "Joliet" Jake Blues has [[JustGotOutOfJail just been released from prison]], with Elwood there to pick him up in a battered piece of crap that used to be a police car. (Elwood is not silent in this film; he gives some serious lectures.) Fulfilling a promise made before Jake began serving his sentence, the brothers go to the Chicagoland orphanage where they grew up and visit "The Penguin", the nun who runs the place. During this meeting, the brothers learn that the orphanage is about to be closed down if its $5,000 property tax bill cannot be paid off by the end of the month.
2nd May '16 6:36:03 AM Anicomicgeek
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* NoKillLikeOverkill: Invoked by the dispatcher in the final chase scene of the first film.
-->'''Dispatcher:''' Use of unnecessary violence in the apprehension of the Blues Brothers...has been approved.
30th Mar '16 7:40:54 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* GodIsGood: If they really are on a mission from God, then the Lord must want them to save the orphanage given all "magic" that aids them on said mission.

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* GodIsGood: If they really are on a mission from God, then the Lord must want them to save the orphanage given all the "magic" that aids them on said mission.
1st Feb '16 11:45:31 AM Skywatcher
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*** Someone climbing out of a wrecked car and complaining of a broken watch happens in the sequel as well, at least according to the subtitle.


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* TheMafiya: The sequel substitutes Russian mobsters for Illinois Nazis.
6th Jan '16 4:30:33 PM Mdumas43073
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** "He broke my watch!"

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** "He "They broke my watch!"
6th Jan '16 4:04:46 PM Mdumas43073
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* TheMall: One of the film's more memorable {{Chase Scene}}s has the cops pursuing Jake and Elwood through one of these.
18th Dec '15 7:10:37 PM maxwellsilver
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** To elaborate further, the police-spec 440 contained forged engine internals, including an oil pan windage tray, more aggressive camshaft and stiffer valve springs, high flow exhaust manifolds and dual-snorkel air cleaner, which produced 275 brake horsepower compared to the stock 235.
14th Dec '15 12:14:40 AM Geoduck
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* MafiaPrincess: Creator/CarrieFisher's character, which is why she wants to kill Jake for leaving her at the altar.

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* MafiaPrincess: Creator/CarrieFisher's character, which is why possibly; she wants to kill Jake for leaving mentions her at the altar.father having used up his influence with some sort of criminal while planning her wedding to Jake.



* NiceHat: As with the CoolShades, the brothers' hats are never removed--except once, when Elwood uses his as a glove to punch out a window.

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* NiceHat: As with the CoolShades, the brothers' hats are never removed--except once, when Elwood uses his as a glove to punch out a window.window, and when he takes it off for a moment in a gesture of respect for the (very) defunct Bluesmobile.



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Jake takes off his sunglasses exactly once: when he begs his jilted lover not to murder him.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Jake takes off his sunglasses exactly once: when he begs his jilted lover ex-fiancée not to murder him.
8th Dec '15 2:06:25 AM SutairuMasuta
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** "God walks in mysterious ways" in the sequel.
8th Dec '15 12:11:45 AM Ominae
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* HandcuffedBriefcase: As seen at the big concert, Elwood Blues carries his harmonica around in a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist. Jake carries the key.
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