The Ultimate Blues Brothers Quiz

By: Isadora Teich
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The Ultimate Blues Brothers Quiz
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About This Quiz

In 1973, when two young, rising, comic geniuses collide and collaborate off-screen, the results are explosive. Blues Brothers is one of the most outrageous, fun, and unique comedies of all time. Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi star in the 1980 film, which was also written by Dan Aykroyd and John Landis.

In an article in Vanity Fair, "The idea," Aykroyd recalled, “is based on two classic recidivist American characters. It’s based on a love of the city of Chicago and the music that came out of there." In the movie, Jake and Elwood set out to redeem themselves by trying to raise $5,000 to save the orphanage they grew up in from closing. They try to do this by reuniting their band for a performance.

The high-jinks in the film were legendary. The first car chase of the film destroys the Dixie Square Mall. (This real Illinois mall was demolished in 2012.) Then, while driving, Elwood runs down a group of Nazis blocking the road. The Nazis seek revenge throughout the rest of the film. And of course, the movie contained hilarious one-liners. You'll recall this great quote from the movie, "There's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark out, and we're wearing sunglasses." Ready to laugh? Tune into this quiz right now! 

Who played the role of Jake Blues?
Eddie Murphy
John Belushi
John Belushi played the role of "Joliet" Jake Blues in the film and on TV. The Blues Brothers began as a "Saturday Night Live" sketch.
David Carridine
John Candy

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Who played the role of Elwood Blues?
Frank Oz
John Lee Hooker
Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd played the role of Elwood Blues. He performed lead vocals as well as harmonica.
Steven Seagal

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Who were the original members of "The Blues Brothers?"
Eddie Murphy and Will Ferrell
Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi
Dank Aykroyd And John Belushi were the original Blues Brothers. Since Belushi's death in 1982, the band known by the same name still went on to tour and play at music festivals around the world.
Jim Carrey and Bono
Clive Owen and Andy Samberg

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Of these famous singers, who performs in the film?
Sting
Engelbert Humperdinck
James Brown
Famous soul singer James Brown plays the role of Reverend Cleophus James in the film. He performs an ovation-worthy musical number, of course.
Buddy Holly

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How did The Blues Brothers get their start as an act?
On "American Bandstand"
On "Total Request Live"
A viral video
On "Saturday Night Live"
What became an actual band started as a skit on "SNL." It debuted as the musical guest on "SNL" in 1978.

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Where does the first car chase of the movie take place?
Inside an Illinois mall
The first car chase of the film destroys the Dixie Square Mall. This real Illinois mall was demolished in 2012.
On a school playground
A steep mountain pass
Interstate highway

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Which "Star Wars" actor had a role in "The Blues Brothers"?
Harrison Ford
Mark Hamill
Alec Guiness
Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher, famous for playing the role of Leia Organa in "Star Wars," had a role in this film too. She played the murderous estranged ex-fiancee of Jake Blues.

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What do the brothers call their car?
Betty
Old Chug Chug
The Bluesmobile
The brothers refer to their car as The Bluesmobile. At the start of the film it is an old Mount Prospect police car.
Norma Jean

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What genre of film is "The Blues Brothers"?
Drama
Horror
French New Wave
Comedy
"The Blues Brothers" is a classic comedy. It is one of the most expensive films in this genre ever made.

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"The Blues Brothers" is a tale of:
Revenge
Redemption
Jake and Elwood set out to redeem themselves by trying to raise $5,000 to save the orphanage they grew up in from closing. They try to do this by reuniting their band for a performance.
Love
Tragedy

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How do the brothers decide to get the money they need to pay the orphanage's tax bill?
A concert
The Blues Brothers decide to assemble their old band for a concert. They plan to make $5,000 off of the show and use that money to save the orphanage.
A telethon
A kickstarter
Bank robbing

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Why are the brothers running from the police initially?
Mistaken identity
Elwood is driving with a suspended license because of too many tickets
When Elwood is pulled over for running a red light, the police officer discovers that he is driving with a suspended license, due to dozens of parking tickets and moving violations. A high-speed chase ensues, which gets more and more ridiculous throughout the film.
Drunk and disorderly conduct
They robbed an orphanage

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Who is the mystery woman that spends the movie literally hunting the brothers?
Jake's crazy ex-fiancee
Jake Blues' ex-fiancee, played by the one and only Carrie Fisher, spends the entire movie hunting them with deadly weapons. It is revealed later in the film that it is because he abandoned her.
Their aunt
Elwood's ex-landlord
A superfan

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During which decade did "The Blues Brothers" film come out in theaters?
1980s
"The Blues Brothers" came out in theaters in 1980. It was released in the summer of that year.
1960s
1990s
2000s

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Where did Jake and Elwood Blues grow up?
A Roman Catholic orphanage
Jake and Elwood Blues grew up in a Roman Catholic orphanage. This is the orphanage they are trying to save.
In foster homes
In juvenile prison
In New York City

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The film contains a lot of:
Car chases
The car chases were so extensive that they took up a chunk of the film's budget. Nearly 60 police cars were destroyed during filming.
Political intrigue
Scenic views
Live animals

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Where was "The Blues Brothers" filmed?
Los Angeles
Nevada
Vancouver
Chicago
The film was shot in and around Chicago, where it also takes place.

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Who both wrote and starred in "The Blues Brothers"?
John Belushi
Carrie Fisher
Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd, who played the role of Elwood Blues, also co-wrote the screenplay. It was his first try at writing a full-length screenplay.
Dana Carvey

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Which of these groups chase Jake and Elwood throughout the film?
The KKK
Mormons
Occultists
Nazis
Elwood runs a group of Nazis blocking the road into a lagoon while driving. These angry Nazis follow them throughout the movie.

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What role did Ray Charles play in the film?
Blues club owner
Fortune teller
Bar Owner
Owner of a music shop
Ray Charles plays the owner of Ray's Music Exchange in the film. He performs a cover of "Shake a Tail Feather," which turns into a massive dance number performed by a crowd in the street.

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What record did "The Blues Brothers" film hold for almost 20 years?
Most cars wrecked in one film
The film held the record for the most cars wrecked in one film for 18 years. It was surpassed by the 1998 sequel, "Blues Brothers 2000."
Most food eaten on set
Longest film
Highest grossing film

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What is Jake Elwood also known as?
Red
Joliet
Jake Blues is also known as Jake "Joliet" Blues. That's the name of the prison where he served time.
Slim Jim
Jarvis

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What are the names of the Blues Brothers?
Jake and Elwood Blues
The main characters in the film go by the names of Jake and Elwood Blues - aka, the Blues brothers.
James and Gary Johnson
Steve and Karp Billings
John and Jimmy Blues

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At the end of the movie The Blues brothers are in:
Canada
Prison
The brothers are finally caught by the authorities at the end of the film. They play their next concert while in jail.
Mississippi
Heaven

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What put the film's production way behind schedule?
An earthquake
John Belushi's drug habit
John Belushi often stayed out late partying and struggled with addiction. It cut into filming so extensively that someone was even hired to try and keep cocaine away from him.
A producer quit
script problems

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Which of these extends the universe of the original film?
A novel
A comic book
A film sequel
In 1998 a sequel to the original film, "Blues Brothers 2000," was released in theaters. The film was a box office and critical flop.
An animated film

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Who directed "The Blues Brothers"?
Steven Spielberg
Tommy Wiseau
John Landis
John Landis directed the film. He also co-wrote it with Dan Aykroyd.
James Cameron

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What happens to The Bluesmobile by the end of the film?
It's impounded
It falls apart
After a long chase, The Blues Brothers reach their destination just in time. As soon as they arrive at Daley Plaza, their car falls apart.
It gets sold
It's driven into Mexico

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How do The Blues Brothers get their first gig in the movie?
By auditioning
By lying
The Blues Brothers get in at a country-western bar by pretending to be the Good Old Boys, the band that actually was booked to play.
By busking
Through luck

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The film revitalized the career of which entertainer?
Aretha Franklin
"The Blues Brothers" got Aretha Franklin some much-deserved buzz. Universal Pictures even drummed up a PR campaign to get her an Oscar for her role in the film.
John Belushi
James Brown
John Candy

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Where is Jake Blues when he realizes that they must save the orphanage?
At a diner
In a hotel
In a dream
In church
The brothers go to a Baptist church. Jake realizes that they must save the orphanage during an uplifting sermon from Reverend Cleophus James, played by James Brown.

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How much money do Jake and Elwood need to save the orphanage?
$5,000
Sister Mary Stigmata tells the brothers that the church owes $5,000 in property taxes. If they cannot pay it, the orphanage will close.
$100,000
$900
$25,000

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What put Jake Blues in prison for three years?
Armed robbery
At the start of the film Jake Blues is released from prison after serving three years. He did time for armed robbery.
Public urination
Disturbing the peace
Arson

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Why did some movie theater owners not want to show "The Blues Brothers"?
Racism
Some movie theater owners objected to the film because they didn't want to show "a black movie" in their theaters. Most high budget films of the time would have been booked into 1,400 theaters nationally. This film was only booked into about 600.
Religious reasons
They didn't like it
Bad reviews

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Which castmember did Dan Aykroyd get engaged to during filming?
Aretha Franklin
Twiggy
Kathleen Freeman
Carrie Fisher
The pair, who were dating at the time, got engaged while filming. Their wedding never took place.

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