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The Vatican has given a big fat thumbs up to the Blues Brothers, the 30-year-old movie that saw John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd outwit cops, Illinois Nazis and ex-girlfriends to save a Catholic orphanage. Pope Benedict's in-house magazine L'Osservatore Romano has declared the film a "Catholic Classic" which should be recommended …


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  1. MJI Silver badge
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    My favourite musical

    Absolutely fantastic film.

    One of my favourites.

  2. Bruce Hoult

    angry who?

    A really angry Carrie Fisher, shirley?

    1. Geoff Campbell Silver badge


      Carrie Fisher was psychotic. Aretha Franklin was just angry.

      Damn it, I'm going to have to find time to watch it again this weekend now :-)


  3. Boris the Cockroach Silver badge
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    Nope sorry

    there no scene of them alone with an alter boy

    1. andy gibson

      @ Boris

      No scene with an altar boy but there is the but with Cab Calloway hanging around a group of children at the orphanage, and the bit in the restaurant where Jake asks the fellow diner "how much for the little girl"!

    2. Stratman


      That should be

      ""There's no scene of them alone with an altar boy."

      Just one of the benefits of a Catholic education.

  4. Lionel Baden
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    awesome Film

    as the title states

  5. dogged
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    "ow, you fat penguin!"

    We should all strive to emulate the Blues Brothers.

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    Out of curiosity

    am I the only one who remembers seeing a version of the film that had Jake proclaiming at the end of the Gospel scene

    "Jesus Christ, I've seen the light God loves <non-pc term for persons of African-American descent>"

  7. Neil Barnes Silver badge
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    Four whole fried chickens

    And a coke.

    I'm sure there's something religious in there somewhere!

  8. TeeCee Gold badge

    "They are clearly traditional neighbourhood Catholic priests."

    That's funny, I don't remember the bit where they took the choirboy out to dinner at a fancy restaurant* in London.


  9. Anonymous Coward
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    Illinois Nazis?

    I hate Illinois Nazis.

  10. Winkypop Silver badge

    The new Oldsmobiles are in early this year.

    Hmmm, so it's OK to commit a crime as long as the church gets it's share of the gold...

    1. Paul_Murphy

      As it was, is, and shall ever be..

      Until people grow out of religion, which unfortunately doesn't seem to be happening any time soon.


  11. Marvin the Martian


    If Aretha Franklin was really angry, how would you describe Carrie Fisher then??

    /horn because no RPG icon.

  12. Anonymous Coward
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    Hardly catholic

    Never heard the pope come out with anything to match "It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses. "

    1. Winston Smith

      Hit it.

      And I'll bet the Popemobile has a catalytic converter, too. Poser. B^I

  13. Alfie
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    feckin wummins knickers

    How long until Father Ted is also recommended?

    1. peyton?

      I think they only recommend movies

      That's more of a documentary series.

      1. Gav

        That would be an ecumenical matter


  14. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Onward Christian Soldiers ?

    So the next time a team of Jehova's Witness shows up at my door, I'll be shoving my Blues Brothers DVD in their face and demanding whether or not they've seen it.

    I like that idea.

  15. Goughy2


    I wonder if the pope has seen Dogma?

  16. Anonymous Coward


    I am, and I have.


  17. Anonymous Coward
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    Any chance....

    The pope will also recommend Life of Brian??

  18. A Suspicious Mind
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    Any chance....

    That after watching the Blues Brothers, the pope will also recommend that everyone watch the Life of Brian.

  19. neb

    watch it back to back...

    ...with 1priest1nun

    no wonder the church is in trouble

  20. Peter Simpson 1
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    Romani eunt domum!

    Two of my favorite movies.

    He's not the Son of God, he's a very naughty boy!


    Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration, don't fail me now.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Paris Hilton

      No,no no, no...

      Conjugate the verb....


  21. Cunningly Linguistic
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    No mention...

    ...of whether the Pontiff is an R&B fan (proper R&B, not that Beyonce and Usher-type crap)

  22. chris 130

    Mission from God

    Only catholics can be truly on a mission from God of course.


    I can't be arsed

  23. JakSuede
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    And my fave is Elwood referring to the good Sister as "The Penguin."

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