The Blues Brothers

Revealing mistake: During the last chase scene, pursued by the Nazis, the Bluesmobile stops short of running off of the bridge. You can see the steel guide rails behind the front wheels which will help the car get its front wheels back on the bridge when he slams it into reverse. (02:10:45)

Factual error: As part of her quest to kill John Belushi, Carrie Fisher shoots at the brothers with a flamethrower. She is earlier seen reading the manual for the "M-79 Flamethrower." The M-79 is a grenade launcher - the one Schwarzengger carries in "Terminator 2." (01:07:00)

rbryant73

Revealing mistake: During the end concert when Cab Calloway introduces Jake and Elwood, Willie the drummer isn't even hitting the drums - most noticeably the ride cymbal. (00:48:15)

William Bergquist
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Continuity mistake: When the Blues Brothers go to persuade Matt and "Blue" Lou to rejoin the band, and they have just ordered their signature meals from Aretha Franklin, she goes to Matt in the kitchen to moan. Matt is cooking two burgers of some kind, but in a shot of Aretha 30 seconds or so later (when Matt says not to talk that way around his old lady), the burgers have moved and multiplied. (01:00:53)

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Revealing mistake: When Elwood drives the Blues Mobile backwards from the half-finished bridge, just as it flips you see something on the underside of the car on the far right. It's either a coiled spring or a tube with an explosive charge used to flip the car over. (02:10:50)

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Revealing mistake: In the beginning scene when they jump over the drawbridge there is more than a foot of space at the bottom of the rising bridge. No car, no matter how big, could have cleared that space without flipping over. Also when they land on the other side you can see a "flap" at the bottom of the bridge which would allow the car to drive over it. (00:09:40)

Leonard Hassen
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Revealing mistake: In the mall where the police car is spinning around on its roof (when the cop says, "They broke my watch"), you can see there's a separate circle of floor just larger than the car's roof, upon which it is rotating. (00:31:47)

Continuity mistake: When police cars chase the Blues Brothers down Lower Wacker Drive, a number of vehicles parked on Upper Wacker Drive disappear between shots. (01:48:20)

mightymick

Revealing mistake: In the last scene where we see multiple police cars pile up under the L-platform, at one point you can see the boards that allow some of the cars to drive on top of the lower cars. (02:08:30)

Continuity mistake: During the church scene at the beginning of the movie, when Jake is doing cartwheels down the aisle, you can clearly see suspenders attached to the back of his pants. In the next scene, they are gone. (00:21:55)

Continuity mistake: At Bob's Country Bunker, Jake takes one of the beers and drinks it. When he grabs another beer, there are the same number of beers there were before (without subtracting the beer he took before). (01:17:25)

Continuity mistake: When Carrie Fisher confronts Jake in the underground tunnel, Jake can be seen wearing a pair of black wellies instead of his usual shoes. (02:10:00)

Continuity mistake: In the scene where the Blues Brothers visit the Penguin, the door Elwood opens while running away closes between shots and he is seen opening it twice.

Continuity mistake: When the Blues Brothers escape from the road construction at the bridge and the Illinois Nazis, Elwood flips their car so it lands behind the Nazi leader's. When the car starts to flip, though, it does so while driving backwards, so it should land with its backside first and Elwood would have to reverse in order to drive back, but it comes down with its front first. Also, as it shoots over the Nazi car, it comes driving off a ramp, and not crashing down at the end of a somersault. (02:10:50)

Audio problem: When the band is playing at Ray's music store, Murph is playing a tambourine totally out of synch with the music. (01:09:55)

Leonard Hassen

Audio problem: In the soul restaurant, when the Aretha Franklin song "Think" is about to end, watch the mouth of the fat lady behind her and you will see that her lips don't match her song. (01:05:35)

Continuity mistake: When Jake and Elwood are running form the police for the first time, they do a 360 degree spin in the middle of an intersection. The car is spinning clockwise but when the camera focuses on Jake the scenery in the back is spinning as if they were going counter-clockwise. (00:27:35)

Continuity mistake: When the multitude of police are shooting through the door at the end of the film, there are loads of bullets shot at the door, then there are only a couple dozen bullet holes then there is a bunch of bullet holes. (02:12:40)

Other mistake: After the state troopers collide with Bob's pickup truck, both vehicles crash into a fire hydrant improbably located alongside a deserted country highway. (01:29:45)

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Continuity mistake: When the Blues Brothers park outside Mrs. Tarantino's house, the car's front wheels are almost level with the path to her front door. When they start the car to drive off a bit later, it is parked further back with its front bumper level with the path. (00:44:06)

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.

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Trivia: This movie set a long-standing Guinness World Record for the largest number of automobiles ever destroyed in a movie: 60 refurbished and reinforced police cars were wrecked (most beyond repair) in the various chase scenes. This record held until the belated sequel, "Blues Brothers 2000," (1998) deliberately set the new record by wrecking one additional automobile for a total of 61.

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