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Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)

Elwood must reunite the old band, with a few new members, and go on another "Mission from God."

Director:

John Landis

Writers:

Dan Aykroyd (film The Blues Brothers), John Landis (film The Blues Brothers) | 2 more credits »
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3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Levine Walter Levine ... Same Guard
Dan Aykroyd ... Elwood Blues
Tom Davis ... Prison Clerk
Frank Oz ... Warden
Shann Johnson Shann Johnson ... Matara / Dancer
B.B. King ... Malvern Gasperon
Kathleen Freeman ... Mother Mary Stigmata
J. Evan Bonifant ... Buster
Gloria Slade ... Police Receptionist
Joe Morton ... Cabel Chamberlain
Jennifer Irwin ... Nun #1
Junior Wells ... Junior Wells
Lonnie Brooks Lonnie Brooks ... Lonnie Brooks
Leon Pendarvis Leon Pendarvis ... Stripster Band
Steve Potts Steve Potts ... Stripster Band
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Storyline

Elwood, the now lone "Blues Brother" finally released from prison, is once again enlisted by Sister Mary Stigmata in her latest crusade to raise funds for a children's hospital. Once again hitting the road to re-unite the band and win the big prize at the New Orleans Battle of the Bands, Elwood is pursued cross-country by the cops, led by Cabel the Curtis' son (and Elwood's step-brother), the Russian Mafia, and a militia group. On his new "mission from God" Elwood enlists the help of a young orphan, and a strip club bartender. Written by Stephen Scaia <s_scaia@emerson.edu>

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Taglines:

The Blues Are Back


Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

25 June 1998 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Blues Brothers - Il mito continua See more »

Filming Locations:

Palatine, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,129,615, 8 February 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,979,599, 22 March 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cab Chamberlain, played by Joe Morton, has the same first name as the musician Cab Calloway, who played Curtis in the The Blues Brothers (1980). Cab Chamberlain is the biological son of Curtis. It would seem that Joe Morton's character is named after Calloway in his honor. See more »

Goofs

During the big police car pile-up at the construction site: if you look closely as each car falls onto the pile, they're all empty - there's no one driving the cars. See more »

Quotes

Robertson: That's the International Jewish Communist conspiracy in action, people!
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Crazy Credits

The cast sings several rhythm & blues songs as the credits roll. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Cinema Snob: Wired (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

How Blue Can You Get
Written by Leonard Feather
Performed by The Louisiana Gator Boys
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It has its points
3 March 2005 | by ingemar-4See all my reviews

Blues Brothers 2000 has a few points in its favor. The opening is 99% right. It only lacks a brief explanation on why the red car turns up (most likely because the manager made a phone call). Otherwise it is great, a tribute to the lost Belushi.

There are also much good music, almost as good as the original. Not least, Aretha Franklin's appearance is truly funny, especially when you have seen the original movie.

But the movie lacks the plot of the original. The original plot may have been thin, but it was enough to drive the story. This one lacks that, there is no motivation, no goal to speak of, and the result is that the ending comes as a surprise. Was that it, was that the end of the movie? Then what? But when I saw it the second time, I was prepared and enjoyed the music instead.

Another weakness is the lack of special effects. The original movie made a big thing of overdoing car chases in very funny ways. This movie rather under-does them. In the time it was made, it should have used computer graphics to do plenty more than the original. Now they smash a few cars, but little remarkable happens. In particular, there are no original ideas in the car chases.

So don't expect too much, just enjoy the music and the fun parts (they sure exist). And don't get bothered by Buster. Without him, Cab wouldn't go after Elwood, right?


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