History Film / TheBluesBrothers

10th Jul '17 6:55:05 PM NWolfman
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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".

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Perhaps the greatest The first ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' act skit to spin be spun off from the show into a movie, and [[FirstInstallmentWins arguably the realm of movies.best]]. 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".
9th Jul '17 5:21:14 PM Murataku
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* FacialDialogue: Jake and Elwood do this several times, for example in Bob's Country Bunker, where Elwood is clearly trying to ask Jake what the hell he's playing at.
16th Jun '17 9:17:02 PM ToxtethOGrady
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** Jake and Elwood keep up the laid-back chatter even when being chased by seemingly every squad car in Chicago:
-->'''Elwood:''' This is definitely Lower Wacker Drive! If my estimations are correct, we should be very close to the Honorable Richard J. Daley Plaza!
-->'''Jake:''' That's where they got that Picasso!
-->'''Elwood:''' Yep.
10th Jun '17 12:21:55 PM Gouken20xx
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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.
10th Jun '17 9:31:27 AM nombretomado
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* TheWindyCity: They even got the accent right: "We're on a mission from ''Gaaahd''."
25th May '17 8:52:23 PM ToxtethOGrady
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* ManHug: Jake and Ewlood at the beginning when Jake gets out of prison.

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* ManHug: Jake and Ewlood Elwood at the beginning when Jake gets out of prison.


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* OneSteveLimit: Averted. The Blues Brothers Band has two members named "Murphy" - Matt "Guitar" Murphy and Murphy "Murph" Dunne.
24th May '17 11:23:27 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* AsideGlance: Trumpeter Alan Reuben AKA "Mr Fabulous" does a quick one to the camera after Jake´s question: "Did I ever lie to you"?
15th May '17 8:45:17 AM axle-k89
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** The mystery woman is seen doing her nails and reading the instruction manual for the flamethrower she uses later. Also in the scene are three pictures of her with Jake, who's wearing his sunglasses and hat in all of them.



* FreezeFrameBonus: Three pictures of Jake with the mystery woman (with sunglasses and hat, of course), are seen when the mystery woman is doing her nails and reading the instruction manual for the flamethrower.



* MoodWhiplash: A rapid-fire example during the climax when the Blues Brothers are in TheElevatorFromIpanema while hundreds of law-enforcement personnel are storming the building.

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* MoodWhiplash: MoodWhiplash:
** Jake kisses the mystery woman in the tunnel to try and stop her from killing them, then turns to Elwood and says, "Let's go," before dropping her. Literally.
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A rapid-fire example during the climax when the Blues Brothers are in TheElevatorFromIpanema while hundreds of law-enforcement personnel are storming the building.
2nd May '17 1:29:06 PM HawkbitAlpha
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The brothers head to a nearby church as they try to figure out a way to save their childhood home. While listening to a sermon from Music/JamesBrown, Jake sees the light ([[NaturalSpotlight literally]]) and has an epiphany in the form of a MissionFromGod: the Blues Brothers must [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether get their band back together]] so the band can raise the money to save their old orphanage--''no matter what''. Along the way, they meet up with Music/CabCalloway, Creator/CarrieFisher, Music/ArethaFranklin, Music/RayCharles, Creator/JohnCandy, [[Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn Henry Gibson]], Twiggy, [[Series/TheMuppetShow Frank Oz]], Chaka Khan, Creator/JohnLandis, Paul Reubens, and Creator/StevenSpielberg. HilarityEnsues, some damn good music gets played, and every last police car in the state of Illinois is destroyed.

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The brothers head to a nearby church as they try to figure out a way to save their childhood home. While listening to a sermon from Music/JamesBrown, Jake sees the light ([[NaturalSpotlight literally]]) and has an epiphany in the form of a MissionFromGod: the Blues Brothers must [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether get their band back together]] so the band can raise the money to save their old orphanage--''no matter what''. Along the way, they meet up with Music/CabCalloway, Creator/CarrieFisher, Music/ArethaFranklin, Music/RayCharles, Creator/JohnCandy, [[Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn Henry Gibson]], Twiggy, [[Series/TheMuppetShow Frank Oz]], Chaka Khan, Creator/JohnLandis, Paul Reubens, Creator/PaulReubens, and Creator/StevenSpielberg. HilarityEnsues, some damn good music gets played, and every last police car in the state of Illinois is destroyed.
22nd Apr '17 7:22:50 PM DocJamore
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* CastShowOff: Everyone gets at least one scene to showcase their talents.
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