"What kind of music do you usually have here?... Oh, we got both kinds. We got Country AND Western."
"There are a hundred and six miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses."
"They're not gonna catch us – we're on a mission from God."
It's the sort of film that nerds (like me) will quote endlessly and talk along with. Very Monty Pythonesque in that regard.
And, of course, the music! The classic songs abound. 'Shake Your Tailfeather', 'Think', 'Everybody Needs Somebody To Love', 'Theme From Rawhide'… Every song in this film is a good one. Not a dud there. This is a soundtrack album that you listen to for the music, not for the film it came from. But when you've got a band this tight, taken from Booker T & The MGs and the Saturday Night Live house band, you know what you've got is going to be good. And don't underestimate John Belushi's singing ability. The band was together on Saturday Night Live before the film, and it shows.
Yes, it is not without its sadness. At last count, over 20 of those appearing in the film are now dead. But this film should be seen as a celebration of those people and their work.
This is not just one of the best films of the 80s, nor one of the best movie musicals, nor one of the funniest comedies – it is one of the best films of all time. Sit back and enjoy it. It's worth it.
Cast includes (deep breath): John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Steve Cropper, Donald Dunn, Murphy Dunne, Willie Hall, Tom Malone, Lou Marini, Matt Murphy, Alan Rubin, Carrie Fisher, Henry Gibson, John Candy, John Lee Hooker, Kathleen Freeman, Steve Lawrence, Twiggy, Frank Oz, Steven Spielberg… and so on and so on…
Directed by John Landis
Available nearly everywhere.