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The Blues Brothers
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Directed By
John Landis

Written By:
John Landis, Dan Aykroyd

Cast:
Murphy Dunne, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Henry Gibson, Aretha Franklin, Carrie Fisher, John Candy, Kathleen Freeman, Steven Williams, Charles Napier, Stephen Bishop

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The Blues Brothers (1980)
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Movie Review by Emma
July 8th, 2007

We're on a Mission From God

I remember the first time I watched this. I was staying at my fathers one weekend and my sister was playing with her biker mice from mars. I'm looking through videos for something to watch. Not content with my own collection I go through my dads videos which he has recently watched.

"What's this?"
"This is one of the best films you will ever see."
"Can we watch it?"
"Only if you don't tell your mum when you go home."

Couldn't understand, the title and picture on the front cover seemed simple. If you think about it, swearing aside it basically is relatively innocent. Anyway, we sat an watched it through this was my first experience of The Blues Brothers and my introduction to a new variety of music aside from the spice girls.

Brothers Jake and Elwood Blues are reunited after Jakes prison release. They decide to put their old band back together and raise money for the church...in which they grew up in. The band have all moved on and have to be traced down to from all over the city. This is quite a perfect recipe for classic comedy moments.

For example when they go to retrieve their old trumpet player "Mr Fantastic" he is working as a waiter in a very high class, posh restaurant. Forcing their way in the dining area they take a seat and order the dearest champagne and feed each other their prawn c*cktails. The ultimate moment in this scene has to be when Jake turns around to a rich family who are quite disgusted at their slurping and burping and asks the husband; "How much, how much for the women. Your women I want to buy your women. How much for the little girl. How much for your wife." Eventually, of course Mr Fantastic agress to join the band again.

Once the group are reformed once again they have to go and buy new instruments for the gig. This is definetely my favourite musical number, when they go into Ray's Music Store run by the one, the only Ray Charles. The set up being "This piano doesn't work, it's got nothing left..." Ray makes his way through from the back and struts his funky stuff. The rest of the band joining in for "Shake you tailfeather" with Jake and Elwood dancing and singing. The sheer size of the number of people outside dancing in the street is just amazing.

Aside from that they eventually have their gig in the biggest hall in the city. Full to the brim of people. By this point the brothers are wanted by the police and god knows who else is after them. So to make a quick exit after the gig the guys leave through a stage door and go on the run. They raise enough money for the church and the "penguin". Setting it up for the sequel Blues Brothers 2000.

The combination of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi was tremendous. But being so close in real life would have had that influence on their performances. I always find it such a shame when such talented stars turn to drink and drugs to ease their pains. When it's always just one drug c*cktail away from your last night. Aside from that I feel that seeing this movie at such a young age really made an impression on me. I got to learn who Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, etc where.

It's a very fun storyline which at one point or another you're going to crack a smile. If Carrie Fisher with a flamethrower doesn't make you giggle then I'm not sure what would.

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