June 20, 2005

THE LORD OF THE RINGS IN THE WINDY CITY WITHOUT CGI:

They 'were on a mission from God' (DAVE NEWBART, June 20, 2005, Chicago Sun Times)

A quarter-century ago, "The Blues Brothers" embraced Chicago as no other film has, before or since. The movie tapped directly into the heart of the city, harnessing its energy and will to get things done on a scale bigger than anywhere else. It exploited its sense of humor and willingness to laugh at itself.

In turn, Chicago opened its arms to the film in a way that seems unlikely now. The end result is a movie that established itself in the minds of many as one of the classic comedies -- indeed movies -- of all time.

Even 25 years later, it plays on television hundreds of times a day, shown in any one of 45 countries, director John Landis said.

"It's really attained some kind of mythic stature," Landis said. It "has become part of the culture."

No one would suggest this musical comedy with cartoon-like characters was on par with "Citizen Kane'' or "Gone With The Wind.'' It's a simple story of a pair of orphaned, misfit brothers -- "Joliet'' Jake and Elwood Blues -- trying to reunite their band in an effort to save their orphanage.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 20, 2005 10:14 AM
Comments

"We have both kinds of music, country and western."

"We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing
sunglasses."

"I hate Illinois Nazis".

Classic.

Posted by: Gideon at June 20, 2005 10:53 AM

"Bring me four fried chickens and a coke."
"You want wings or legs?"
"Four fried chickens and a coke."
"And some dry white toast."

Posted by: Shelton at June 20, 2005 11:18 AM

Don't you blaspheme in here! Don't you blaspheme in here! This is my man, this is my restaurant, and you two are gonna turn around and walk right out of here --
without your dry white toast, without your four fried chickens, and without Matt 'Guitar' Murphy

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at June 20, 2005 11:28 AM

Barb wire around the stage.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 20, 2005 11:43 AM

And Steven Spielberg and Joe Walsh.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 20, 2005 11:44 AM

I remember reading that at the time The Blues Brothers was made, it set the record for most cars destroyed in one movie.

Posted by: Brandon at June 20, 2005 11:50 AM

chicken wire

Posted by: oj at June 20, 2005 12:14 PM

Carrie Fischer without the cinnamon-bun hairdo and a better arsenal than most special forces units.

The incredible falling Pacer.

"hut hut hut hut hut...."

Posted by: Chris B at June 20, 2005 1:21 PM

James Brown preaching.

Ray Charles in the music store alone was worth the DVD price.

And the closing credits with everyone singing Jailhouse Rock were truly priceless.

Posted by: bart at June 20, 2005 2:09 PM

I could have lived without the car chase, but I was greatful to Belushi and Acroyd for including some Magic Sam songs in the movie. I am one of the few people alive who heard Sam when he was alive. As my friend Jon said when we walking into a dance where he was playing: "Man, that band has two really great lead guitars." It was just Sam.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 20, 2005 4:42 PM
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