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Musically inclined brothers "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) undertake a high-speed "mission from God" that soon makes them the target of a murderous ex-girlfriend, a vengeful country-and-western band, the American Nazi Party, the National Guard and the entire Chicago police force.
"We're on a mission from God." — Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd)
Musically inclined brothers "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) are reunited after three years when Jake is released from prison after serving a sentence for armed robbery. Looking to save the Catholic orphanage where they were raised from the wrecking ball, the Blues set out to reunite their old R&B band for a big benefit show. Travelling cross-country in an old police car and confident that they're "on a mission from God," the brothers are soon targeted by everyone from Jake's murderous ex (Carrie Fisher) to an overzealous parole officer (John Candy) to a vengeful country-and-western band, the Illinois branch of the American Nazi Party, the National Guard and the entire Chicago police force. The first direct big-screen spin-off from SNL, The Blues Brothers is both one of the best modern American musicals — featuring cameos and performances by music legends Ray Charles, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Cab Calloway — and the apotheosis of the car-chase comedy, with director John Landis staging some of the most spectacular and hilarious vehicular stunts in movie history.