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The Blues Brothers

The mall the Blues Brothers drove through is the old Dixie Square mall in Harvey Illinois. The 800,000 square foot shopping center had been abandoned in 1979 and was renovated specially for the chase sequence. The mall remained unused since filming was completed and was demolished in 2012.

At one time, this movie was in the Guinness Book of Records, for destroying the most cars in a single movie.

In every John Landis film, you can see or hear the phrase "See you next Wednesday." In this film, it's the big movie ad sign (starring King Kong) where a police car is hiding behind.

The Cook County collector is played by Steven Speilberg.

Right after the first police car pileup in the mall, a police office says, "He broke my watch." If you listen carefully, right after every police car pileup thereafter you can hear a police office yell, "He broke my watch."

Notice the Graffiti on the Bridge the Blues Brothers use to hide the car. One of them is *John (heart) Debbie*. This is a reference to the Director, John Landis, and his wife Deborah.

Little Richard was asked to appear and perform in the film; he declined because at the time the film was made, he was only performing gospel music, as opposed to the secular music from his early career.


Several "Bluesmobiles" were created for the film; a crew member drove one over 100 miles west to Spring Valley, Illinois. He was arrested because the vehicle's license plate was a fake; when contacted by the police, the filmmakers in Chicago were more concerned with recovering the vehicle than bailing out the driver.


The Nazi group is called the "American Socialist White Peoples Party." ASWPP. Or when pronounced..."Ass Wipe"

When Aretha Franklin is singing "Think" in the café, one of the backing singers is her sister Carolyn.

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When the Blues Brothers sing "Jailhouse Rock," there are several shots of a long-haired prisoner who eventually leaps onto the table to dance. The performer is Joe Walsh, guitar player for The Eagles.

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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.



In the deleted scene where Elwood goes into the manager's office to quit, right before he walks in the door he sets his briefcase down, it is slightly crooked and in the center of the floor. When he goes to leave it is sitting straight and further to the left.


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