After Jake Blues is released from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit the old home where they were raised by nuns. They learn the church is no longer supporting the institution and will sell the place to the education authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within the next 11 days. The brothers want to help and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big show. As they set off on their "mission from god" they seem to make more enemies than friends along the way.
John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Henry Gibson.
Blues musicians -- Drama.
Ex-convicts -- Drama.
Fugitives from justice -- Drama.
Brothers -- Drama.
Blues (Music) -- Drama.
Fund raising -- Drama.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Not rated (Extended version); R (Theatrical version).
1 videodisc (148 min. ; 133 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Director of photography, Stephen M. Katz ; music, Elmer Bernstein ; editor, George Folsey, Jr.