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The Blues Brothers Script Summary

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit “The Penguin”, the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their “mission from God” they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time?

TitleThe Blues Brothers
GenresAction, Movie Scripts,
IMDB Rating
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Writers, ,
Director(s)John Landis,
ActorsJohn Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway,
Released20 Jun 1980
Runtime133 min
Awards1 win.

Discussion About The Blues Brothers

  1. Christian Lee

    While this is one of my favorite SNL comedies, the script really surprised me with it’s format simplicity. It’s more of a skeleton rough than a finished draft. Only 52 pages, and it’s missing a lot of traditional formatting for a screenplay.

    If Akroyd and Landis wrote it together, they must have been either on a deadline, or anticipated changes during shooting. But the dialogue is actually intact in the finished film.

    This must have been one of those scenarios where the writers are producers/directors and or stars of the picture and have already sold the pitch, and are looking to make a script worthy of immediate production.
    Plus I can’t imagine the format for this kind of script changing much from scripted sketches when Akroyd worked as a cast member and writer of Saturday Night Live. That could also be a factor of its slim design.

    If you look up the song and dance number scenes on Youtube from the movie the second they appear in the script, it feels like the script is coming alive in front of you.