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The Blues Brothers (1980)

Updated: May 14

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

  • Dan Aykroyd as Elwood J. Blues

  • James Brown as the Reverend Cleophus James

  • Cab Calloway as Curtis

  • Ray Charles as Ray

  • Aretha Franklin as Mrs. Murphy

  • 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

  • Henry Gibson as the Gruppenführer

  • John Candy as Burton Mercer

  • John Lee Hooker as Street Slim

  • Kathleen Freeman as Sister Mary Stigmata

  • Steve Lawrence as Maury Sline

  • Twiggy as the Chic Lady

  • Frank Oz as a corrections officer

  • Jeff Morris as Bob

  • Charles Napier as Tucker McElroy

  • Steven Spielberg as the Cook County Assessor

  • Stephen Bishop as Charming Trooper

  • Steven Williams as Trooper Mount

  • Armand Cerami as Trooper Daniel

  • Joe Walsh as Prison Inmate

  • Ben Piazza as Father

  • Cindy Fisher as Daughter #2

  • Paul Reubens as Waiter

  • Rosie Shuster as Cocktail Waitress

  • Chaka Khan as Choir Soloist

  • Gary McLarty as Toys "R" Us Customer

  • 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

  • De'voreaux White as Young Guitar Thief

  • James Avery as Detective Avery

  • Lou Perryman as Man At Bar

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

  • Raven De La Croix as Woman In Concert Crowd

  • Ralph Foody as Police Dispatcher

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

Sources: IMDB & WIKI

Note: Elevator scene was shot in the Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago.


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