|THE BLUES BROTHERS (director/writer: John Landis ; screenwriter: Dan Aykroyd; cinematographer: Stephen M. Katz; editor: George Folsey Jr;; music: Ira Newborn; cast: John Belushi (Jake Blues), Dan Aykroyd (Elwood Blues), Kathleen Freeman (Sister Mary Stigmata), James Brown (Rev. James), Cab Calloway (Curtis), Aretha Franklin (Mrs. Murphy), Ray Charles (Ray), John Candy (Burton Mercer), Carrie Fisher (Mystery Woman), Steve Lawrence (Maury Sline), Twiggy (Chic Lady), Paul Reubens (waiter), Henry Gibson (Head Nazi), Dean Hill (Nazi), Charles Napier (Tucker McElroy), Frank Oz (Corrections Officer), Steven Spielberg (Cook County Assessor's Office Clerk), Steve Cropper (Steve), Murphy Dunne (Murphy), Willie Hall (Willie), Alan Rubin (Alan FabulousLou Marini (Blue Lou), Matt Murphy (Matt Guitar); Runtime: 133; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Robert K. Weis; Universal Pictures; 1980)|
viewed at this late date, it provides mostly
nostalgia for the pairing of the lovable
by Dennis Schwartz
The public wasn't impressed and stayed home, but it has since gained a strong cult following.
The flick's a sprawling mess, but has the music and energy to keep it going. The physical comedy relied upon to keep it nutty grows tiresome and lacks wit. If viewed at this late date, it provides mostly nostalgia for the pairing of the lovable soulmates.
REVIEWED ON 6/5/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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