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Belushi (2020)

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Opening at November 22, 2020 on SHOWTIME

Documentary

A feature documentary from award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler about the too-short life of John Belushi, the once-in-a-generation talent who captured the hearts and funny-bones of audiences worldwide. Told using previously unheard audiotapes, this film examines Belushi’s extraordinary life in the words of his collaborators, friends, and family, including Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, Penny Marshall, Lorne Michaels, Carrie Fisher, Chevy Chase, Harold Ramis, Jane Curtin, Ivan Reitman and his high school sweetheart and later wife Judy Belushi.

From his early years growing up in Wheaton, Illinois, John Belushi showed an extraordinary talent for comedy and music. It was a visit to the Second City theater in Chicago where he discovered his true calling, and from that moment John became an unstoppable and pioneering force in the comedy world. From National Lampoon’s Lemmings and Radio Hour to one of the founding cast members on Saturday Night Live, his insatiable drive kept the candle burning at both ends. John simultaneously appeared on SNL each Saturday night while filming Animal House and forming a band, The Blues Brothers. The result: By age thirty Belushi was on the #1 television show, had the #1 comedy in movie history and the #1 record album in the world. But as John’s fame grew, so did his demons, and not even Judy could save him from the drug use that would eventually take his life. This film captures the complicated and singular essence of a beloved American icon who changed culture and comedy forever.

Director: R.J. Cutler

Writer: R.J. Cutler

Stars: Jim Belushi, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher, Dan Aykroyd, Bruce McGill, Harold Ramis

►Cast

Chevy ChaseSelf
Carrie FisherSelf (archive footage)
Dan AykroydSelf
Jim BelushiSelf
Harold RamisSelf (archive footage)
Candice BergenSelf
Bruce McGillSelf
John BelushiSelf (archive footage)
John LandisSelf
Penny MarshallSelf (archive footage)
Jane CurtinSelf
Ivan ReitmanSelf
Don NovelloSelf
Joe FlahertySelf
Lorne MichaelsSelf
Michael AptedSelf
Mitch GlazerSelf
Judith Belushi-PisanoSelf
Eugenie Ross-LemingSelf
Tino InsanaSelf (archive footage)
Tony HendraSelf
Tom DavisSelf (archive footage)
Richard D. ZanuckSelf (archive footage)
Paul FlahertySelf
Alan ZweibelSelf
Chris MillerSelf
Sean DanielSelf
Tom SchillerSelf
Anne BeattsSelf
Laila NabulsiSelf
Matty SimmonsSelf
Rosie ShusterSelf
Dick BlasucciSelf
Agnes BelushiSelf (archive footage)
Jim FisherSelf
Bob TischlerSelf
Jim FlahertySelf
Sean KellySelf
John PurdieTony Hendra (voice)
Gus DimasSelf
Marian BelushiSelf (archive footage)
Bernard SahlinsSelf (archive footage)
Dan PayneSelf
Sue KellerSelf

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