The Blues Brothers

NOV 20

After his release from prison, Jake (John Belushi) reunites with his brother, Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) -- collectively known as the "Blues Brothers." Jake's first task is to save the orphanage the brothers grew up in from closing, by raising $5,000 to pay back taxes. The two are convinced they can earn the money by getting their old band back together. However, after playing several gigs and making a few enemies, including the police, the brothers face daunting odds to deliver the money on time.

Directed by John Landis from a screenplay he co-wrote with Aykroyd, this 1980 musical comedy was viewed by Universal Studios as a chance to capitalize on The Blues Brothers musical sketch characters from NBC's variety series Saturday Night Live. While ultimately successful at the box office and destined to become a cult classic, the picture engendered considerable nervousness among studio execs as the out-of-control budget made it one of the most expensive comedies ever produced. As one example, creating the film's destructive car chase sequences required no less than 13 different cars to depict the iconic Bluesmobile, a retired 1974 Mount Prospect, Illinois Dodge Monaco patrol car.

Musical performances in the movie included such notable soul and R&B artisits as James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin. The Blues Brothers themselves performed songs ranging from Henry Mancini's Peter Gunn Theme to the country classic Stand By Your Man. Their rendition of the Spencer Davis Group's Gimme Some Lovin reached number 18 on Billboard's Top 20.



Celebrating the intersection of music and movies, the Empirical presents a three-month long series of music influenced cinema, from concerts and documentaries to feature-length films. Designed to complement OMSI's latest exhibition Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, the Music + Film Series encompasses a wide variety of music cinema with artists from Green Day to Glen Campbell and features from The Sound of Music to The Blues Brothers.


The Willamette Week hails this line-up as "one of the best music-based film series in recent memory."


Music + Film Pass | Single show tickets are $7 adult, $6 youth/senior. Viewers interested in attending multiple screenings have the option of purchasing a Music + Film pass for $50 adult, $45 senior, or $35 youth. OMSI Members receive a $5 discount. Passes may be purchased starting October 1 at the OMSI box office or by telephone at 503-797-4000.