Special Presentations

The Blues Brothers
USA, 1980, 133 min., Color

Elwood: It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses.

Jake: Hit it.

Full disclosure: THE BLUES BROTHERS is one of my favorite movies. Ever.

After Jake Blues (John Belushi) is released from the Joliet penitentiary, he and his brother Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) visit their old Catholic orphanage and learn its future is in jeopardy. The brothers decide to raise the cash needed to save it by getting their old band back together and putting on a show. They embark on this “mission from God” leading them to Chicago where they encounter run-ins with suburban cops, good ol’ boys and Nazis. Epic musical numbers and sensational car chases abound as the Blues Brothers press on.

THE BLUES BROTHERS is more than just your typical comedy or musical. The cast and musical appearances in the film alone showcases some of the best comedic and musical talent in film history. What started out as a musical skit on Saturday Night Live now has a huge cult following—an entire restaurant/entertainment chain to boot—and continues to play a major role in American pop culture.

The Dallas Film Society is honored to have THE BLUES BROTHER director John Landis join us for a very special screening of this American classic.

John Landis will participate in a Q&A with Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Morning News after the screening
— Sarah Harris
Executive Producer
Bernie Brillstein
John Landis
Dan Aykroyd, John Landis
Robert K. Weiss
Stephen M. Katz
George Folsey Jr.
Production Design
John J. Lloyd
John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, James Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, Carrie Fisher

Director Bio

With over 40 years of working in the industry, award-winning filmmaker John Landis has made a lasting impression on the film world. After working his way up from the mailroom at 20th Century Fox, Landis made his feature debut with the horror comedy SCHLOCK (1973), before directing his first box office hit, the critically acclaimed college comedy NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE (1978). A master craftsman of the comedy genre, Landis went on to direct other quintessential cult comedies including THE BLUES BROTHERS (1980) and the horror comedy AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981), the latter of which helped to inspire Michael Jackson’s notorious “Thriller” music video, also directed by Landis. Landis later branched out into television working as an executive producer and director on of the HBO comedy “Dream On.” More recently, he directed episodes of “Psych,” and the Emmy Award-winning series, “Masters of Horror.” In 2008, Landis received an Emmy for his documentary MR WARMTH: THE DON RICKLES PROJECT.

John Landis is a Dallas International Film Festival Dallas Star Award Recipient. He will accept his award on April 17 at DFS Honors.

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