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The Blues Brothers (1980)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $57,229,890Details
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  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Cast & Crew
  6. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
85% - Certified Fresh
Audience
93% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$27,000,000
Domestic Releases: June 20th, 1980 (Wide) by Universal
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 133 minutes
Franchise: Blues Brothers
Comparisons: vs. Southland Tales
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Keywords: Life on the Outside, Car Chase, Neo Nazis
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Musical
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Universal Pictures
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

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Date
Days In
Release
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,974 $4,858,152 Jun 20, 1980 3

Cast

   Joliet Jake
   Elwood
James Brown    Reverend Cleophus James
Cab Calloway    Curtis
Ray Charles    Ray
Carrie Fisher    Mystery Woman
Aretha Franklin    Soul Food Cafe Owner
Henry Gibson    Head Nazi
Steve Cropper    Steve "The Colonel" Cropper
Donald Dunn    Donald "Duck" Dunn
Murphy Dunne    Murph
Willie Hall    Willie "Too Big" Hall
Tom Malone    "Bones" Malone
Lou Marini    "Blue" Lou Marini
Matt Murphy    Matt "Guitar" Murphy
Alan Rubin    Mr. Fabulous
John Candy    Burton Mercer
John Lee Hooker    Street Slim
Kathleen Freeman    Sister Mary Stigmata
Steve Lawrence    Maury Sline
Twiggy    Chic Lady
Frank Oz    Corrections Officer
Jeff Morris    Bob
Charles Napier    Tucker McElroy
Steve Williams    Trooper Mount
Armand Cerami    Trooper Daniel
Tom Erhart    Prison Guard
Gerald Walling    Prison Guard
Walter Levine    Prison Guard
Alonzo Atkins    Choirmaster
Chaka Khan    Choir Soloist
Stephen Bishop    Charming Trooper
John Landis    Trooper La Fong
Kristi Oleson    Sales Girl
Gary McLarty    Man in Toy Store
Joe Cuttone    Lloyd
Shotgun Britton    The Cheese Whiz
Toni Fleming    Mrs. Tarantino
Judy Jacklin    Cocktail Waitress
Rosie Schuster    Cocktail Waitress
Paul Reubens    Waiter
Ben Piazza    Father
Gwen Banta    Mother
Lari Taylor    Daughter
Cindy Fisher    Daughter
Elizabeth Hoy    Daughter
Tony M. Conde    Sommelier
Eugene J. Anthony    Gruppenfuhrer
Dean Hill    Nazi
Gary Houston    Nazi
Jack Orend    Nazi
Gene Schuldt    Nazi
Charles Mountain    Cop
Walter Horton    Tampa Pete
Pinetop Perkins    Luther Jackson
Willie Smith    Drums
Luther Johnson    Guitar
Calvin Jones    Bass
Carolyn Franklin    Soul Food Chorus Member
Brenda Bryant Corbett    Soul Food Chorus Member
Margaret Branch    Soul Food Chorus Member
Devoreaux White    Young Guitar Thief
Sheila Wells    Claire
Lou Perry    Man at Bar
Stan Mazin    Drunk Dancer
Russ Bruzek    One of the Good Ole Boys
Blair Burrows    One of the Good Ole Boys
Jack Callahan    One of the Good Ole Boys
Gene Janson    One of the Good Ole Boys
Gil Pearson    One of the Good Ole Boys
Aaron Jais    Orphan
Lemetrius Daniels    Orphan
Jeff Cahill    Orphan
Curt Clendenin    Orphan
Steve Cruz    Orphan
Leonard Daniels    Orphan
Sean Hayden    Orphan
Babtunde Myers    Orphan
Gary Patzik    Orphan
J. Bernard Walton    Orphan
Butch Williams    Orphan
Wally Engelhardt    Gas Station Owner
Michael Klenfner    Clarion Records' President
Ralph Foody    Police Dispatcher
Lenny Garner    Lobby Guard
Andrew Goodman    Lobby Guard
Eddy Donno    SWAT Team Commander
Steven Spielberg    Cook County Clerk
Joe Walsh    Prisoner
Shirley Levine    Woman on Cutting Room Floor

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Producer    Robert K. Weiss
Executive Producer    Bernie Brillstein
Screenwriter    Dan Aykroyd
Screenwriter    John Landis
Associate Producer    George Folsey, Jr.
Associate Producer    David Sosna
Assistant Director    David Sosna
Assistant Director    Jerram A. Swartz
Unit Production Manager    Robert Latham Brown
Unit Production Manager    Tom Joyner
Production Supervisor    Fran Roy
Production Designer    John J. Lloyd
Art Director    Henry Larrecq
Set Decorator    Hal Gausman
Set Decorator    Leslie McCarthy-Frankenheimer
Director of Photography    Stephen M. Katz
Costume Designer    Deborah Nadoolman
Editor    George Folsey, Jr.
Associate Editor    Malcolm Campbell
Associate Editor    David Ramirez
Sound Mixer    William B. Kaplan
Re-recording Mixer    Robert Knudson
Re-recording Mixer    Don MacDougall
Re-recording Mixer    Robert Glass
Sound Effects Editor    John Stacy
Music Editor    John Strauss
Composer    Elmer Bernstein
Music Supervisor    Ira Newborn
Casting Director    Michael Chinich
Stunt Coordinator    Gary McLarty

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1980/06/20 2 $4,858,152   594 $8,179   $4,858,152 3

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