The Blues Brothers


Film runs
Sat, Aug 30
Mon, Sep 1

The Blues Brothers
John Landis, 1980
USA | Format: 35mm | 133 minutes

James Brown dance party with free Stella beer on Saturday from 7:30pm - 9:30pm, open to all ticket holders!

The Blues Brothers—Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, at the height of their comedic and dramatic powers—were a pair of SNL characters before they were a band, and a band before they were a pair of film heroes. (Their first album was released in 1978.) But their big-screen debut, a trigger-happy action odyssey in which the two brothers, one fresh out of jail, flee Nazis, cops, and country singers in an attempt to put on one great show, remains their crowning achievement, partly thanks to its scene-stealing musical cameos: Aretha Franklin as the singing proprietress of a soul-food restaurant; Ray Charles as a music-store owner; and Brown—whom the movie’s success temporarily helped lift out of a professional slump—as the roof-raising leader of a gospel choir.

Series: James Brown: The Hardest Working Man in Show Business

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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