Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Blues Brothers

One of my all-time favorite movies contains one of the best and most artfully choreographed car chases in motion picture history - at the time the most expensive ever. The cast from starring roles to bit parts includes:

Frank Oz - Prison Officer (Behind window), Cab Calloway - Curtis, James Brown - Reverend Cleophis, Irene Cara (Chaka Khan) - Church soloist, John Landis - Cop in the first over-turned cop car, John Candy - Mr Mercer (parole officer), Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) - Wine Waiter, John Lee Hooker - Musician on Maxwell St., Aretha Franklin - Matt 'Guitar Murphy's wife, (the three backing singers are her sisters), Ray Charles - Owner of 'Ray's Music Exchange', Twiggy - Blonde in sports car, Steven Spielberg - Cook County Assessor, Joe Walsh (from the Eagles) - First prisoner to jump on table.

And don't forget...Carrie Fisher!

I am pretty sure this movie introduced cheap black sunglasses...

"It's 106 miles to Chicago. We've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses. Hit it."

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the movie, many of which can be used strategically in every day life.
"Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration, don't fail me now!"

"We're on a mission from God"
"Give us a bottle of your finest champagne, five shrimp cocktails and some bread for my brother."
"What kind of music do you usually have here? Oh, we got both kinds. We got country and western."
"We're getting the band back together!"

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