This musical comedy features blues-style music,
with performances by James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Arthea
Franklin and Hooker, all nicely worked into the script, which
is a characteristic of all well-written, smooth-running musicals.
The script is not only a fresh, creative work
of art, but also hysterically funny, with a fast-moving pace to
keep the momentum going. It tells the story of Jake (Belushi)
and Elwood (Aykroyd) Blues, two characters who would never be
poster boys for model citizens. To say it mildly, they have the
tendency to get into trouble with the law and everyone else they
meet along the way. After Jake is released from prison, and picked
up by Elwood, this crazy, creative comedy begins. After visiting
the head nun, known as "The Penguin," (Kathleen Freeman},
at their old orphanage, they learn that the orphanage would be
closing, unless the county's $5,000 tax assessment was paid within
After catching the spirit at Reverend Cleophus
James' (James Brown) church, they "start their mission from
God," to raise the needed money, by getting "THE BAND"
back together, making plenty of enemies along the way.
Favorite scenes include: Meeting with "The
Penguin," Nazi water incident, The church scene, Car chase
with police in the mall, The process of getting "THE BAND"
back together, The western bar scene, all the musical sequences,
and The grand-scale chase at the end of the movie.
Kathy Freeman, as the head nun, "The Penquin,"
John Candy as the probation officer, Burton Mercer,
is quite funny.
There are many other stars that have delightful
small roles. Look for Frank Oz, Carrie Fischer, Henry Gibson,
Twiggy, Steve Lawrence, Jeff Morris, and Paul Reubens.
For most people, this film offers great entertainment,
that is one of it's kind! Parent Guide: Does have some potty words,
and a few four letter ones as well, mostly from band members,
and some of their unhappy enemies. Violence is of the cartoon
quality though. No one gets hurt, despite all the gun shots and
Written by: Dan Aykroyd and John Landis
Produced by: Robert Wiess. Directed by: John