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The Blues Brothers (1980)

Jake Blues rejoins with his brother Elwood after being released from prison, but the duo has just days to reunite their old R&B band and save the Catholic home where the two were raised, outrunning the police as they tear through Chicago.

Elevator scene from The Blues Brothers (1980)
Elevator scene from The Blues Brothers (1980)

When riding up the elevator at the courthouse, near the end of the movie, to the eleventh floor, the camera shows the buttons. They go eleven then thirteen, whereas many buildings do not have a thirteenth floor.

The music in the elevator "The girl from Ipanema" also appears in The Nice Guys lift scene.

The Blues Brothers (1980) movie poster
The Blues Brothers (1980) movie poster


  • John Landis


  • Dan Aykroyd

  • John Landis


  • John Belushi as "Joliet" Jake Blues, a former blues singer, paroled from prison after three years.

  • Dan Aykroyd as Elwood J. Blues, Jake's blood brother, also a former blues singer.

  • James Brown as the Reverend Cleophus James, pastor of the Triple Rock Baptist Church. His musical sermon "The Old Landmark" causes Jake to have an epiphany.

  • Cab Calloway as Curtis, an old friend of the brothers', who suggests they listen to James, and helps them advertise the show and performs "Minnie the Moocher" for the audience.

  • Ray Charles as Ray, a blind music instruments dealer, who performs "Shake a Tail Feather" to demonstrate their effectiveness.

  • Aretha Franklin as Mrs. Murphy, Matt Murphy's wife, who owns a soul food restaurant with him. She performs "Think" to persuade him not to join the band.

  • Steve "The Colonel" Cropper – lead guitar

  • Donald "Duck" Dunn – bass guitar

  • Murphy Dunne ("Murph") – keyboards

  • Willie "Too Big" Hall – drums

  • Tom "Bones" Malone – trombone

  • "Blue Lou" Marini – saxophone

  • Matt "Guitar" Murphy – lead guitar

  • "Mr. Fabulous" Alan Rubin – trumpet

  • Carrie Fisher as the Mystery Woman, Jake's former fiancée; she tries to kill him for leaving her at the altar.

  • Henry Gibson as the Gruppenführer, the head of a division of the neo-Nazis

  • John Candy as Burton Mercer, Jake's parole officer assisting the police in their hunt for the Blues Brothers.

  • John Lee Hooker as Street Slim, a man singing "Boom Boom" together with a small band on Maxwell Street.

  • Kathleen Freeman as Sister Mary Stigmata, AKA "The Penguin", the nun who leads the orphanage where the brothers grew up.

  • Steve Lawrence as Maury Sline, the agent who organized and booked many of the Blues Brothers' performances before Jake was sent to jail.

  • Twiggy as the Chic Lady, a woman who flirts with Elwood at the gas station.

  • Frank Oz as a corrections officer, who gives Jake his clothes at the beginning of the film.

  • Jeff Morris as Bob, the owner of Bob's Country Bunker.

  • Charles Napier as Tucker McElroy, lead singer and Winnebago driver of The Good Old Boys.

  • Steven Spielberg as the Cook County Assessor, who takes Jake and Elwood's money at the end of the film.

  • Stephen Bishop as Charming Trooper

  • Steven Williams as Trooper Mount, one of the cops who follows Jake and Elwood from the start.

  • Armand Cerami as Trooper Daniel, Mount's partner and the other cop who follows Jake and Elwood from the start.

  • Joe Walsh as Prison Inmate

  • Ben Piazza as Father, dining with his wife and three daughters at the Chez Paul and subject to abuse by Jake.

  • Cindy Fisher as Daughter #2, one of the daughters who Jake leers at.

  • Paul Reubens as Waiter, a colleague of Mr Fabulous' at the Chez Paul.

  • Rosie Shuster as Cocktail Waitress

  • Chaka Khan as Choir Soloist

  • Gary McLarty as Toys "R" Us Customer, who asks about buying a Miss Piggy toy right before the Bluesmobile begins smashing the mall.

  • Layne Britton as The Cheese Whiz

  • Pinetop Perkins as Luther Jackson

  • Mr. T as Guy On Street (Uncredited)

  • Carolyn Franklin as Soul Food Chorus #1, who sings along with "Think".

  • De'voreaux White as Young Guitar Thief, who tries to steal from Ray's Music Exchange, only to nearly be shot by Ray.

  • James Avery as Detective Avery (Uncredited)

  • Lou Perryman as Man At Bar

  • Luis Contreras as Bob's Country Bunker Patron #1 (Uncredited)

  • Raven De La Croix as Woman In Concert Crowd

  • Ralph Foody as Police Dispatcher, who comments on the Bluesmobile's arrival at Cook County and allows for using unnecessary violence in capturing Jake and Elwood.

  • Leonard R. Garner Jr. as Lobby Guard #1

Sources: IMDB & WIKI

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