Tuesday, July 06, 2004


They're on a mission from God

The Blues Brothers, a truly great film, is just starting on ITV. If you don't know it, watch it, why don't you?

Notable is the number of dead people in it. (I mean who have died since it was made - in 1980 - not dead people like in a zombie movie, or The Sixth Sense). Who'd have thought Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker - who make fine cameo appearences - would outlive John Belushi and John Candy?

Also dead presumably, given his age at the time, is Cab Calloway, who sings the wonderful "Minnie the Moocher" near the end.

It's also extraordinary to recall that Dan Ackroyd was the thin one. Not that I'm slagging him for getting fat: he's entitled to do that. Unforgivable, on the other hand, is to soil his fine work in such films as Dragnet, Trading Places and The Blues Brothers with monstrosities such as My Girl 2.

Oh the shame, the infamy...

just to let you know cab calloway died in 1994 i thought it was even later so i checked on google
Cheers mate. I knew nothing about him beyond the seriously cool "Minnie the Moocher".

he outlived Belushi anyways - and I think Candy died around '94 too, didn't he?
Aye, you forgot to mention that other death from the film: Carrie Fisher's career - sadly.

On the matter of Dan Ackroyd, I can't believe that you consider Dragnet one of his better films? Only in a parallel universe.

Grosse Pointe Blank and Ghostbusters are better films.
Fair point on Ghostbusters, though he does have to compete with Bill Murray for attention in that.
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