James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006)
Soul Brother #1!
More Soul Power!
Expanding on their Saturday Night Live characters, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as Jake and Elwood Blues, two white boys with black soul. Sporting cool shades and look-alike suits, Jake and Elwood are dispatched on a « mission from God » by their former teacher, Sister Mary Stigmata (Kathleen Freeman). Said mission is to raise $5000 to save an orphanage. In the course of their zany adventures, the Blues Brothers run afoul of neo-Nazi Henry Gibson, perform the theme from Rawhide before the most unruly bar crowd in written history, and lay waste to hundreds of cars on the streets and freeways of Chicago. In case you aren’t swept up in the infectuous nuttiness of the brothers Blue, you might have fun spotting film’s legion of guest stars, including James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Steve Lawrence, Twiggy, Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman), Frank Oz, and Steven Spielberg.
Probably watched this movie 50+ times, can’t count… The story is a comedy on redemption and is there to support MUSIC, through numerous musical scenes with so many great artists playing with the members of The Blues Brothers Band (Steve Cropper, Donald Dunn, Lou Marini, Tom Malone, Matt Murphy…).
At the time of its release, The Blues Brothers held the world record for the most cars destroyed in one film until it was surpassed by a single car in its 1998 sequel (Blues Brothers 2000).
The Blues Brothers play the big show and bring the house down.