The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical Technicolor comedy film directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as ‘Joliet’ Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from ‘The Blues Brothers’ musical sketch on the NBC variety series Saturday Night Live.
Elwood: It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses.
Jake: Hit it.
Mrs. Tarantino: Are you the police?
Elwood: No, ma’am. We’re musicians.
Jake: This car. This stupid car! Where’s the Cadillac?
[Elwood doesn’t answer]
Jake: The Caddy! Where’s the Caddy?
Elwood: The what?
Jake: The Cadillac we used to have. The Bluesmobile!
Elwood: I traded it.
Jake: You traded the Bluesmobile for this?
Elwood: No, for a microphone.
Jake: A microphone?
Jake: Okay I can see that. What the hell is this?
Elwood: This was a bargain. I picked it up at the Mount Prospect city police auction last spring. It’s an old Mount Prospect police car. They were practically giving ’em away.
Jake: Well thank you, pal. The day I get outta prison, my own brother picks me up in a *police* car!
The Bluesmobile is a 1974 Dodge Monaco sedan that was prominently featured in the 1980 film, The Blues Brothers. In the film, it is described as a used Mount Prospect police car that replaced a Cadillac, which Elwood Blues traded for a microphone. The Bluesmobile was equipped with the ‘440 Magnum’ squad car package that was offered by Dodge for the Monaco. Its license plate was an Illinois plate reading, ‘BDR 529’, a tribute to the Black Diamond Riders motorcycle club of Toronto, Canada at 529 Jarvis Street.Dan Aykroyd, co-writer of the film, stated that he chose the 440 Dodge Monaco because he considered it to be the hottest car used by police during the 1970’s
It features musical numbers by rhythm and blues (R&B), soul, and blues singers James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and John Lee Hooker. The film is set in and around Chicago, Illinois, and features non-musical supporting performances by John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Charles Napier, and Henry Gibson.
Before the falling-Pinto scene could be filmed, the filmmakers had to get an ‘Air UN-worthyness certificate’ from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Pinto. This was done by conducting preliminary drop tests to ensure that it would not behave as an airfoil and drift from its target line, but would drop ‘like a brick’ when dropped from a great height.
Carrie Fisher became engaged to co-star Dan Aykroyd during this shoot shortly after he saved her from choking by applying the Heimlich maneuver.
The Bluesmobile was actually going 118 miles per hour under the elevated train line. The film crew received permission to clear the street for two 100 MPH+ passes. Stunt pedestrians were added after the first pass to add realism.
103 cars were wrecked during filming, a world record at that time. This feat was exceeded two years later, when 150 cars (and a plane) were crashed for H.B. Halicki’s ‘The Junkman’. That record in turn held for two decades, until over 300 cars were wrecked
during the filming of ‘The Matrix Revolutions’.
An alien is sent on a secret mission to Earth where she appears as a gorgeous, attractive, and single lady. Her mission is to make contact with a rather nerdy young scientist, who’s quite overwhelmed by her attentions, and isn’t aware of the connection between her arrival and his work.