Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 13: Illinois (The Blues Brothers–1980)

Category: Comedy/Action/Musical

Quote of Interest:

“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.”


Three words to describe this film/state: Mission from God

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Sister Mary Stigmata (aka The Penguin), played by Kathleen Freeman
  • Charming Trooper, played by Stephen Bishop
  • Man in Toy Store, played by Gary McLarty
  • The Cheese Whiz, played by Layne Britton (as Shotgun Britton)
  • Mystery Woman, played by Carrie Fisher
  • Mr. Fabulous, played by Alan Rubin
  • Head Nazi, played by Henry Gibson
  • Gruppenfuehrer, played by Eugene J. Anthony
  • Chic Lady, played by Twiggy
  • Cop (which one???), played by Charles Mountain
  • Kid Throwing Frisbee (uncredited), played by Ryan Folsey

State food/recipe to try: Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza

Earring Inspo Character: Mystery Woman (Carrie Fisher)

Other Notes: First time watching this highly entertaining classic; my favorite scene was the one at Triple Rick Baptist Church with its singing, dancing, and air-flipping congregation. What really struck me was the amount of damage caused by the car chases and general criminal chaos…I had to look up the film budget–almost $30 million (2018 equivalent of almost $84 million), including a budget for cocaine, a personal bar, a 24-hour auto body, 40 stunt drivers, and over 70 old patrol cars. Belushi’s constant carousing delayed production on several occasions. Also, they really dropped a Ford Pinto from a helicopter. Fun performances by Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, James Brown, Ray Charles, and John Lee Hooker.

Grade: B

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