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Rated R · 130 minutes · 1980

Musical comedy
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as two white boys who love nuns, blacks, and the blues (1980). But for all of the dramatic focus on poverty, the subject of John Landis's mise-en-scene is money—making it, spending it, blowing it away. The humor is predicated on underplaying in overscaled situations, which is sporadically funny in a Keaton-esque way but soon sputters out through sheer, uninspired repetition. With Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, James Brown, Cab Calloway, and Aretha Franklin, who steals the show singing a song in a diner.
Director: John Landis
Writer: Dan Aykroyd and John Landis
Producer: Bernie Brillstein and Robert K. Weiss
Cast: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Henry Gibson, John Candy, Murphy Dunne, Steve Cropper, Donald Dunn, Willie Hall, Tom Malone, Lou Marini, Matt Murphy, Frank Oz, Kathleen Freeman, Armand Cerani, Steven Williams, Charles Napier, Steve Lawrence, Twiggy and Steven Spielberg

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