20 Things You Didn't Know About The Blues Brothers

They'll never get caught. They're on a mission from God.

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It's been forty years since Jake and Elwood Blues first graced the big screen. The Blue Brothers was released in June 1980, a strange combination of genres that couldn't really be pigeonholed.

It had a ton of chases - was it an action movie? Half the movie consisted of songs - a musical? Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi were two of the biggest comedians in Hollywood at the time - a comedy? Would people who would go to watch hundreds of cars be destroyed enjoy the R&B and blues numbers scattered throughout? Would blues fans care about two comedians using their beloved genre as the motivation for a movie?

As it turns out, none of those questions were ever really answered. People took the movie as it was, settling in for two hours of what would grow to be a comedy classic, enjoying the mayhem on the screen interspersed with performances from legendary musical acts.

A movie as chaotic as The Blues Brothers couldn't possibly have come to pass without many behind the scenes stories, mistakes, and fascinating trivia. From a budget for drugs to Catholic approval, here are twenty of the best.


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