Visible crew/equipment: In the gospel church scene, where James Brown is whipping up the congregation, at one point as Elwood is dancing at the front of the church after Jake has "seen the light", where the camera is pointing down the nave of the church from what would be the altar end, a technician can be seen scurrying, at the back of the church, from the left to the right aisle.
Continuity mistake: In the mall chase scene, when the police car flips over, you can see the antenna break off the side of the car. When they cut back to the car again, you can see it break off once more. Then, when they show that the car has stopped spinning, the antenna is completely intact.
Audio problem: In the scene at the Palace Hotel Ballroom, when the Blues Brothers are singing their 2nd tune (Sweet Home Chicago), you can hear both Jake and Elwood on the soundtrack but Elwood is dancing down the middle aisle without even a microphone in his hand and his mouth is not moving. There is also a shot during the same song where Jake's singing and pauses do not line up with what we see visually. When he sings "baby don'cha you want to go-oh - -" we see his mouth stop moving, then when he pauses, his mouth is still singing. As a matter of fact, the entire number has mistakes like this and mistakes of continuity.
Continuity mistake: In the shopping mall car chase scene, the police cars that tips over has got siren lights at the top but when they tip over and slide along the floor and spin, on the inside view of the car, you can see the lights have been taken away for the car to slide better. On the outside view of the car sliding you can see the lights on the top of the car.
Continuity mistake: When the three ladies of the Soul Food Chorus get up to sing "Think" with Aretha Frankin, their food is sitting on the counter; ten seconds later in a wide shot, it has gone. (This is undoubtedly so that "Blue" Lou can do his thing on the counter.) When the ladies sit down again and get a nasty look from Aretha after Matt and Lou have left, their food is back again.
Continuity mistake: During the scene at Bob's Country Bunker, when the band is playing Rawhide, a bar patron starts dancing on top of a table with a beer in his hand. In the background of the second shot of him, John Belushi is on the stage and has just picked up the bullwhip. In the next camera cut Belushi walks to the end of the stage and picks up the whip again.
Continuity mistake: When we see the Nazi's falling in their car one shot shows the car from above falling into an area without any buildings around the docks. When the car lands however it is in a built-up area of the city. [Due to the lack of available special effects, the crew had to actually drop a car from a helicopter onto the area shown without any buildings because of safety issues. The landing of the car in the city area was edited into the scene, the rest of it was real.]
Factual error: When the Blues Brothers are trying to escape the Illinois Nazis, they are on a freeway heading through a construction site. They break through several barricades, jam on the brakes, and stop just before they go off of a bridge. They slam the car into reverse and flip through the air to escape. The Illinois Nazis go over the bridge. The bridge is in Milwaukee, WI. The tall white building in the background is the US Bank building in downtown Milwaukee, WI. As the Nazis fall to earth, they fall past a building in downtown Chicago, IL before going through the street on impact. The Nazis fell from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago, IL.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Continuity mistake: After we've heard why it's so great to be an Illinois Nazi, there's a wide shot of Jake and Elwood's car in a queue, and a policeman walks past the driver's door. In the next shot, the cop hasn't yet walked past the door, and instead of doing so, he stops when the Blues Brothers ask what's going on.
Continuity mistake: When Carrie Fisher first attacks the boys with rocket-propelled grenades at the hotel doorway, they dive for the sidewalk and are covered with debris. As they rise moments later and enter the hotel, their black suits and hats are covered in white cement dust. In the immediate next shot, as they climb the hotel staircase, their hats and suits have no dust whatsoever.
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Continuity mistake: Near the end of the movie when the brothers are preforming "Sweet Home Chicago", they do a lot of spins and turns. The very last spin they do puts Jake towards the audience and Elwood towards the band. Then the camera angle is changed and Elwood is towards the audience and Jake is towards the band.
Continuity mistake: When Carrie Fisher is shooting at Jake and Elwood in the tunnel under the Palace Hotel, she hits a water pipe and water sprays everywhere in a mist. In the next shot of Jake and Elwood lying in the mud, there's no spray visible behind them at all. When Jake stands up a few seconds later, the spray is back, but is more directed now.
Revealing mistake: During the big chase scene at the end, right before the Nazis accidentally drive off the bridge, the Bluesmobile is seen doing a backflip over their car. Watch carefully as the Bluesmobile first lifts off the ground - an air-ram is visible firing under the car, which causes the car to begin the flip. (Note: This scene has been cropped in some releases so that the air-ram isn't visible, but it is still present in other releases of the film).
Continuity mistake: During the mall chase, a semi-profile shot shows the squad car roll onto its roof and slide with a large panel of orange signage pinned under the roof. Camera cuts to a view of the officers inside the squad car, and there is no signage nor any other debris pinned under the car's roof. Camera cuts back, and the signage is again pinned under roof. Camera cuts back to frontal view, and the signage is gone again.
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Continuity mistake: The woman in the car trying to shoot Jake has a couple of errors. First, she gets six shots out of a four barrel weapon without reloading. Second, she goes from having the weapon out of the window, to no weapon and driving in one second, where it took at least five or six seconds to get it out and aim it.
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Continuity mistake: When the Blues Brothers first go into the tax building in Chicago, the building has gold numbers above the door that they are blocking from the inside that read 118. When the rest of the cops and a firetruck pass by, we now see the numbers are black and not even the same shape as the gold ones.
Revealing mistake: When the Chicago police cars have the first major pileup underneath the elevated roadway, a number of the cop cars are seen flipping over by using two rail-like beams along the road. When the rest of the cop cars come to a stop in the next shot, the beams are gone.
Continuity mistake: At Chez Paul, when Jake and Elwood first meet up with Mr. Fabulous, who is talking on the phone, there is a shot of them walking down the hallway towards him and you can see that Mr. Fabulous is looking right at the two brothers. In the next shot, his head is down and he then looks up at Jake and Elwood.
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