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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!

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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

    Fuck yeah!

  • April 3, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST

    an American classic

    by Stifler's Mom

    god, Belushi was so cool, and Aykroyd used to be funny!

  • April 3, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    First... did'nt this movie bomb?

    by MST3KPIMP

    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

    Blues Brothers 2000

    by ORIONgods

    that name should nvr be said on this site again

  • April 3, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    One of my favorite movies ever

    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

    Dan Aykroyd's the man. Made some classics.

    by Anakin_Piecocker

    Tomorrow Super Mario Bros?

  • April 3, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    blues brothers 2000 was better in so many ways


    like...for 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

    I love James Browns musical sequence in the church!

    by Aaronthenia

    Classic movie that is crazy quotable. Rawhide!

  • April 3, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    despite the good performances

    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

    mst3kimp - The film grossed 115 million!

    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

    "magic was quite literally captured on 35mm film"

    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

    I have to watch this alone

    by maxjohnson1971

    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

    I wouldn't worry about including Jim

    by MattDomville

    Unless you can also capture him magically in the film canister.

  • April 3, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    I can't bear to watch this movie...

    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

    It has Milwaukee in it.

    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

    "The BLUES BROTHERS!?!..."

    by nieman

    "...SH!T, they still owe you money, fool"

  • April 3, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    But who cares about Jim Belushi?

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

  • April 3, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    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


    by Meadowe

    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

    This movie was lightning in a bottle.

    by MapMan

    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

    The Blues Brothers cost $30 million?

    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

    nasty in the pasty

    by Shubniggorath

    By demolishing a quantum fuckton of cop cars in Downtown Chicago, that's how!

  • April 3, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    All that collateral damage costs money!

    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

    Everybody here in Chicago looks at this as nothing but a classic...


    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

    The Blues Brothers is a polarizing movie.

    by MCVamp

    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

    "...and WITHOUT Matt Guitar Murphy!"

    by DickBallsworth

    Love it.

  • April 3, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    I start each New Years Day watching this film

    by BubbaDestructo

    It is the best way to start the year. As a movie lover and musician, this film completely owns.

  • April 4, 2011, midnight CST

    "Oh, Mr man!"

    by Keith

    "They leave this card. Maybe it help you."

  • April 4, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST

    I remember watching this a few months ago

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    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


    by Keith

    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

    If you're a musician, you worship this film.

    by pushthebuttonmax

    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


    by AugustusMacReady

    One of THE best.

  • April 4, 2011, 12:34 a.m. CST

    "We got both kinds...

    by Absent Nine Times

    Country AND Western!"

  • April 4, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Yes a true classic

    by Rupee88

    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

    Is this the first film to have a car chase inside a mall?

    by successor

  • April 4, 2011, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Hard to believe Belushi's been dead for almost 30 years.

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    It doesn't seem nearly that long.

  • April 4, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Hey, I guessed it! Wheeeee...

    by tang126

    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

    Jim Belushi is a dick.

    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

    Great picture Quint. Great film.

    by Ecto-1

  • April 4, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Saw this for the first time a month ago

    by BenBraddock

    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

    D'you get my cheese whiz, boy?

    by loafroaster

  • April 4, 2011, 5:36 a.m. CST

    "They broke my watch!"

    by joliet_jake1978

    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

    "You're gonna look pretty funny...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    ...tryin' to eat corn on the cob with no fuckin' teeth!"

  • April 4, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Yep, great flick

    by smudgewhat

    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

    Illinois Nazis

    by freerangecelt

  • April 4, 2011, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Three Orange Whips.

    by BobParr

  • April 4, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Cowboy Bob was really late for that gig.

    by BobParr

  • April 4, 2011, 7:06 a.m. CST

    That will be uh... $94.

    by BobParr

    He totally could have nailed Twiggy.

  • April 4, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Blues Brothers 2000 Soundtrack Is Awesome!!!!!

    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

    Much to like in the movie...the music and Dan Ackroyd

    by Mrelia

    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

    Aw shut up woman.

    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


    by Darkman

    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

    BIG FAN!

    by 2for2true

    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

    darkman, I think I speak for everyone when I say

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    you must see it this week.

  • Hit it.

  • April 4, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST

    The actual band kicked ass

    by gooseud

    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.

  • "You got the money you owe us, motherfucker?" Sad that the kids don't get this.

  • April 4, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    "No, I didn't. Honest..."

    by Billyeveryteen

    "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

    Another Universal movie inexplicably missing from Blu Ray.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • April 4, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Dare I say...

    by Tom

    The greatest musical ever made :)

  • April 4, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    How often does the train go past?

    by alan_poon

    So often you won't even notice it.

  • April 4, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    "How much for the little girl?"

    by Gabba-UK

    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

    2 videotapes

    by Benovite1

    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

    BB2000 is a tribute concert film, not a sequel

    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

    Er, that should read, "an on-the-road concert MOVIE"

    by Sith Witch

  • April 4, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Rollin', rollin', rollin'.....

    by Damned if I can login

    Keep them dogies rollin'...

  • April 4, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    "I always loved you."

    by Gene_Parmesan


  • April 4, 2011, noon CST

    tomorrow's picture

    by ragingfluff

    Bright Lights, Big City?

  • April 4, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    "This place has got everything"

    by jim

    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

    "We have both kinds. Country and Western."

    by v3d

    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

    The Blues mobile goes through hell

    by disfigurehead

    Then it just falls apart. Love that movie.

  • April 4, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    "Pier One Imports"

    by Gene_Parmesan

    "Oh look, the 1980's are in."

  • April 4, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    "Who IS that girl?!?"

    by ChickenStu

    Great flick. Awesome music. Sequel was shit, but it had that awesome jam at the end...

  • April 4, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    "Aw Jesus!" Whack! "Shit!" Whack!!!

    by BanditDarville

    Must Respect the Penguin!!!

  • April 4, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Didn't recognize Aretha at first..

    by alienindisguise

    I'm only used to seeing her as a big ass whale these days. Shame.

  • April 4, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    I don't remember Spielberg...

    by Marc Weston

    but I do remember seeing John Landis.

  • April 4, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Charles Napier is THE MAN!

    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

    Blowing $30 Million was Easy...

    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

    A few facts...


    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

    "Will there be anything else?"

    by nieman

    "Yes! Do you have the Miss Piggy?" LMAO

  • April 4, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    I hate Illinois Nazis

    by no1ofimportance

    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

    "Hey, you sleaze! My bed!"

    by SubliminalJones

    My wife finds it less and less amusing everytime I say that to her at bedtime.

  • April 5, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Spielberg is the bank teller guy at the end.

    by JediRob

  • April 5, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Movie had its moments, but wildly overrrated...

    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

    Cab Calloway

    by Essemtee

    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

    1060 W. Addison

    by MoaKaka

    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.