The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is on a mission from God!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
There’s a Belushi shortage in this column and that will be fixed right now. I believe John’s only appeared once before and Jim has nary appeared a once! That aggression will not stand.
The Blues Brothers is a unique movie that is impossible to repeat. Blues Brothers 2000 is proof positive of that. You have a film that has more metal on metal destruction than a dozen Michael Bay giant robot movies combined, more amazing soul music than James Brown’s iPod and the nuttiest cast of any giant comedy this side of those ‘60s cinemascope epics.
It’s an image in time, a moment when Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi and John Landis were at the top of their game and magic was quite literally captured on 35mm film. Not only were they funny there is a real emotion resonance with Jake and Elwood Blues’ journey.
So, this movie is awesome for many reasons, from Steven Spielberg and Frank Oz’s cameos to the hotter-than-the-sun 1980 Carrie Fisher to the brilliant performances of people like Cab Calloway, James Brown, Ray Charles and one of the people featured in today’s pic Ms. Aretha Franklin!
Hope you enjoy it! Click to make bigger!
Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic has spent half its life in toilets!
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April 3, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST
by stelios kantos
April 3, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST
by Stifler's Mom
god, Belushi was so cool, and Aykroyd used to be funny!
April 3, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST
I love the flick but it's amazing how this movie is now taken for granted as classic when it was shunned first time around.
April 3, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST
that name should nvr be said on this site again
April 3, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST
by John Maddening
It's just great in every way, and Aretha's scene in the diner is awesome.
April 3, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST
Tomorrow Super Mario Bros?
April 3, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST
like...for instance....um.. that kid! we witnessed the birth of a major star in the making! why just look at all the stuff he's done since then!
April 3, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST
Classic movie that is crazy quotable. Rawhide!
April 3, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST
by nolan bautista
of Belushi and Aykroyd the movie was a bit..flat..and all the car crashes and mayhem couldn't save it..
April 3, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST
by Bob Loblaw Law Blog
In 1980... on a $30 million budget. It was a HUGE hit. It did not tank.
April 3, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST
by Mr Peanut
Metaphorical magic? Absolutely. But I feel fairly certain that magic was NOT literally captured on film in making The Blues Brothers.
April 3, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST
because people get mad at me for repeating the entire script verbatim. One of my favorite movies of all time. Belushi never reached his full potential and Aykroyd was at his peak. I still watch this often. One of my comfort movies.
April 3, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST
Unless you can also capture him magically in the film canister.
April 3, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
and I'm not really sure why. Something about it repulses me. I dig the main theme though, had it on LP.
April 3, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST
by Margot Tenenbaum
Therefore it is one of the greatest films ever made. Just like Major League, Public Enemies and Transformers 3 except they backed out of filming part of it here. Damn you, Michael Bay.
April 3, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST
"...SH!T, they still owe you money, fool"
April 3, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST
April 3, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST
The man helped bring us Gattaca and he looks great flippin' cruise as austin powers off....truly a man among men.
April 3, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST
Can you imagine him with a fedora, ray ban wayfarers and trying to sing soulfully? Yeah it straddles comedy and wretchedness at the same time, but it would be something that would be etched in your mind.
April 3, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST
I didn't realize how many fans there were until after I saw it on TV and started quoting lines. A timeless classic and probably the best car chases ever filmed. Outstanding soundtrack too.
April 3, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
How the fuck do you spend $30 million on a simple comedy in 1980?!
April 3, 2011, 11:15 p.m. CST
By demolishing a quantum fuckton of cop cars in Downtown Chicago, that's how!
April 3, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST
by Bob Loblaw Law Blog
Plus, pretty much the whole film was shot on location. That gets spendy.
April 3, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST
was never sure if it was loved as much by people in other parts of the country? It just seems like it is underappreciated as a comedy, as well as musical classic. Great film. Love Neighbors too CreppyThinMan, I know a lot of people that hate that movie.
April 3, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST
Either people love it, or they completely miss the point. It's not to say these latter people have bad taste. They just have different taste than the people who have good taste.
April 3, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST
April 3, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST
It is the best way to start the year. As a movie lover and musician, this film completely owns.
April 4, 2011, midnight CST
"They leave this card. Maybe it help you."
April 4, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST
And it occurred to me how many freaking cars they wrecked. It's insane. Just dozens and dozens.
April 4, 2011, 12:04 a.m. CST
I think that's one of the reasons the budget ran out of control. If memory serves, they wrecked dozens of real cars rather than using cheap shells.
April 4, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST
I've come to realize that the people who don't love this film aren't musicians, and that's understandable.
April 4, 2011, 12:32 a.m. CST
One of THE best.
April 4, 2011, 12:34 a.m. CST
by Absent Nine Times
Country AND Western!"
April 4, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST
Maybe I was at the perfect age when this came out with being about 13 but it I loved it and still do.
April 4, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST
April 4, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST
April 4, 2011, 12:46 a.m. CST
It doesn't seem nearly that long.
April 4, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST
Quint teased today's pic, as always, in the previous BTSPOTD. Yesterday, in the "True Grit" one, he said "tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic shows some respect to one of America’s greatest singers!" While everyone else was yammering on about Ferris Bueller(?) and whether or not John Wayne sucked, I posted in that thread: "Tomorrow's pic..."Blues Brothers" scene w/ Aretha? The 'respect' might be a clue. We'll see." And we saw. :p Yes...I want a cookie. Mmmm.
April 4, 2011, 1:07 a.m. CST
by Droogie Alex
Just ask David Cross. A friend of mine is in his current show, and he goes out of his way to be mean to people he doesn't even know.
April 4, 2011, 1:25 a.m. CST
by Munro Kelly
I'm from Chicago and I met a lot of people who worked on it, while visiting film shoots, in the early 90's. It was a long shoot with long hours, the crew made serious overtime ( one teamster told me the movie paid for his house.) and they all remembered it with both fondness and reverence.
April 4, 2011, 2:23 a.m. CST
April 4, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST
Guess what? Didn't get it, at all. It just didn't seem that funny to me. Guess I should have seen it when I was 16. I'm not flaming or anything, I wanted to like it - love American Werewolf (OK, who doesn't?) but this just didn't do it for me. Colour me disappointed.
April 4, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST
by frank cotton
they destroyed an actual, functioning mall, and had to pay to rebuild it. lots of $. if anyone else mentioned this, sorry, i missed it, and i'm too tired to look again
April 4, 2011, 4:01 a.m. CST
April 4, 2011, 5:36 a.m. CST
Fuckin love this film. Even the scene at the beginning in the Bluesmobile when Belushi lights his cigerette then chucks the lighter out the window has me pissing my pants. Landis' fall from grace gets sadder by the day...
April 4, 2011, 6:35 a.m. CST
...tryin' to eat corn on the cob with no fuckin' teeth!"
April 4, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST
Belushi was a one of a kind. Movie's got tons of heart in its own way.
April 4, 2011, 7:01 a.m. CST
April 4, 2011, 7:03 a.m. CST
April 4, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST
April 4, 2011, 7:06 a.m. CST
He totally could have nailed Twiggy.
April 4, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST
by Drunken Busboy
But the movie is crap! Though the one scene where Elwood is waiting for hours for Jake to pick him up in front of the prison is a very sad & sweet scene. :(
April 4, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST
But there are some great gags and quotable quotes. Whenever I watch a movie or TV show that features police or military personnel getting into position I find myself muttering "Hut! Hut! Hut! Hut!..."
April 4, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
The Ray's Music Exchange number was the best in the movie. Hanson copied it for their ahem comeback.
April 4, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST
I haven't seen BLUES BROTHERS (gasp!), so I'm not sure if NEIGHBORS *is* the better movie, but it's funnier than people give it credit. Bill Conti's cartoony score is a liability (for most people, not so much me; still, Tom Scott's unused score blows it out of the water), but Belushi and particularly Aykroyd are terrific and there are some funny moments. <br><br> "So, you got a whore in there." <br><br> "I don't." <br><br> "That's what I heard." <br><br> "You heard wrong." <br><br> "You ain't got a whore in there?" <br><br> "No." <br><br> "Know where I can find one?" <br><br> "Of course not." <br><br> "If one shows up, you let me know." <br><br> I'd love a DVD release.
April 4, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST
It outta be a law that this movie has to play uncut, unedited, on some cable channel at least once a we - oh, wait - it already is. Never mind.
April 4, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
you must see it this week.
April 4, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST
It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses.
April 4, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST
Belushi and Ackroyd put together a real crack band for this one, some people dont realize they were a sensation when they toured post-release of this movie, and got glowing reviews for the music. Belushi actually paused to give serious thought to just doing the music, which ironically would have saved his life, he's one of the few guys who got OFF drugs when he was touring with the band. All the moving around didnt let him settle in one place long enough to set up his connections.
April 4, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST
"So, Jake, you're out, you're free, you're rehabilitated. What's next? What's happenin'? What you gonna do?"
"You got the money you owe us, motherfucker?" Sad that the kids don't get this.
April 4, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST
"I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!"
April 4, 2011, 9 a.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
April 4, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST
The greatest musical ever made :)
April 4, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST
So often you won't even notice it.
April 4, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST
Sell me your children! Must've been 10 when I saw this movie, rented on Betamax, watched at my gran's in the very early 80's and pissing myself laughing at the completely outrageous way Jake and Elwood survive collapsing buildings, flame-throwers, nazi's, rednecks and unnessercery violence. Also becoming aware that Princess Leia was beginning to do funny things to my rude bits was a bonus. Oh, and an absolutely blistering soundtrack. Thanks Mr. Landis, Belushi and Ackroyd.
April 4, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST
I remember the first time seeing this classic when my uncle would bring his giant JVC player(the kind that was bigger than some TV's) and screen movies for us. One time he brought us The Blues Brothers. It was on two videotapes. The first tape had 2 hours, the second had the last 15 minutes. This movies a classic. Saw it recently again in HD and it never gets old, only better.
April 4, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST
by Sith Witch
Sure it's a "sequel" in rough concept, but more in the vein of a Broadway musical being a retelling or sequel to a hit film; it's about the spirit of the legend. Landis knew he couldn't top his original, so he opted instead for making an on-the-road concert music, featuring the best music, the best modern blues legends, and enough nods to the original to glue it all into a semi-logical semblance; that was enough for me to buy into it, and while the original is simply one of the best 5 films ever committed to film, the sequel is a very fun film which shouln't be dismissed.
April 4, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST
by Sith Witch
April 4, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST
by Damned if I can login
Keep them dogies rollin'...
April 4, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST
April 4, 2011, noon CST
Bright Lights, Big City?
April 4, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST
something I often say when walking into malls or big box stores. And then follow it with: "Disco pants & haircuts"
April 4, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST
Loved this move back in the day. One of the very first movies I owned on Laserdisc. That's right laserdisc.
April 4, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST
Then it just falls apart. Love that movie.
April 4, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST
"Oh look, the 1980's are in."
April 4, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST
Great flick. Awesome music. Sequel was shit, but it had that awesome jam at the end...
April 4, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST
Must Respect the Penguin!!!
April 4, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST
I'm only used to seeing her as a big ass whale these days. Shame.
April 4, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST
by Marc Weston
but I do remember seeing John Landis.
April 4, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
Any movie with Charles Napier aka Adam from Star Trek TOS: The Way To Eden (the space hippie episode) is the tits. Heading into Eden, yeah Brother! No more worries in my body or my mind, Gonna live on whatever I find Eat all the fruit and throw away the rind, Yeah Brother! Does that Reach, Are we One, or are you Herbert? This is glue. STRONG stuff (then Belushi does the "Spock Eyebrow Lift". Fucking A Priceless!
April 4, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST
by The Dreaded Rear Admiral
The joke I heard was it cost $25 million for the cars and the rest was spent on cocaine.
April 4, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST
by CAPTAIN RIGHTWING
They actually only destroyed about 30 police cars and 13 bluesmobiles; they just kept re-building them until they were no longer useable.<p> The mall used in the film was actually the "dixie square mall" and had been shut down for a year before the film crew stumbled upon it, that's actually where they got the idea for the chase; by chance. The mall still exists today, although it is quite rundown. Youtube it.
April 4, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST
"Yes! Do you have the Miss Piggy?" LMAO
April 4, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST
I had a roommate from Germany. She had seen Blues Brothers before in Germany before she saw it with me here. Their censorship removed all of the Nazi references, but they didn't cut all the scenes with the characters or story line. As a result, they had a scene with a car plummeting to Earth, but there wasn't any reference to who was it the car or why it was falling. She thought they had just been doing something weird because it looked cool.
April 4, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST
My wife finds it less and less amusing everytime I say that to her at bedtime.
April 5, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST
April 5, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST
by Jack Desmondi
Pity John Landis, who I think is a very good and underrated director, was allowed to give in to his most self-indulgent excesses with this one. The car crashes went on forever, as did some of the musical numbers.
April 5, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST
Man, I thought he was the coolest cat in The Blues Brothers, with that 'Minnie The Moocher' number. Hi-de-hi-de-hi-de ho! (Hi-de-hi-de-hi-de ho!)
April 5, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST
I used to love this movie, but now anything with John Landis' name attached gives me the creeps. He should have served jail time for killing those immigrant children on the Twilight Zone set. Amazing what famous people can get away with.
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