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The Blues Brothers (1980)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $57,229,890Details
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Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,409 $57,229,890
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 2,301-2,400) 2,352 $57,229,890
All Time Domestic Box Office for R Movies (Rank 301-400) 400 $57,229,890
All Time Worldwide Box Office for R Movies (Rank 701-800) 725 $57,229,890

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

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
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Keywords: Life on the Outside, Car Chase, Neo Nazis
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Universal Pictures
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast

   Joliet Jake

Supporting Cast

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
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
Shirley Levine    Woman on Cutting Room Floor


Chaka Khan    Choir Soloist
Steven Spielberg    Cook County Clerk
Joe Walsh    Prisoner

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits

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

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

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Featured Blu-ray review: Animal House and The Blues Brothers

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July 25th, 2011

Summer time at the box office is amazing. From the first weekend in May until sometime in August, there is usually an average of one $100 million dollar movie released per week. This year will have at least three months in a row with at least one $100 million film. On the home market, on the other hand, summer time is crappy. This year has been particularly tiresome, as the spring wasn't a fun time at the box office. The biggest release this week is Source Code, which was only a midlevel hit. To be fair, it is one of the best-reviewed wide releases of the year. On the other hand, neither the DVD nor the Blu-ray are exactly overloaded with extras. More...

DVD Review - The Blues Brothers - 25th Anniversary Edition

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Just over a week ago, Universal released a 25th Anniversary Edition of The Blues Brothers. This review will go into the movie itself and the DVD presentation, but like all Special Editions, the real question is, is it worth the update. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1980/06/20 2 $4,858,152   594 $8,179   $4,858,152 1

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