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What was Elwood Blues' "Job?"

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Stinsok, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    When they dug themselves out of the rubble of his apartment building he said he had to go to work. I missed something, where did he work?

    Also, why was Jake in prison?
  2. Febs

    Febs Supporting Member

    May 7, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
  3. TheFantod

    TheFantod #5 of the Pentaverate. Took Col. Sanders' spot. Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2009
    Eastern N.C.
    1. Elwood says, "It's almost 9 o'clock, WE gotta go to work." He is referring to getting the band back together.

    2. When the BB reunite with Murph & the Magictones, Elwood tells them the reason Jake got locked up in the first place was because he knocked over a gas station to pay for the band's room service tab at a hotel.
  4. In the uncut version of the film he goes into work and takes a can of spray glue.

    I thought he worked in an adhesives/sprays factory?

  5. It's been a while since I watched the film, so I can't remember the order of events, but #1 is plausible if it's after the scene I mentioned in my previous post.

    As for #2, Jake has a habit of, erm, bending the truth a little (see sewer scene with Carrie Fisher, most excellent scene that it is), so I don't think we ever know for certain!
  6. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    He worked somewhere. It's where he kiped the spray can of glue.

    I seem to recall seeing a cut up (TV friendly) version which opened with Elwood on some kind of assembly line, then leaving work and stopping to buy the cheese whiz he throws to the guy at his rooming house. Seemed strange at the time since I'd never seen that particular sequence any other time I've watched it.
  7. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I've only seen the TV edit. That explains the spray adhesive!
  8. :bassist:
  9. GrumpiusMaximus

    GrumpiusMaximus I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe

    Mar 11, 2013
    Kent, United Kingdom
    Having only ever grown up with this version of the film, then yes. It's the same adhesive he uses to glue the 'Good Ol' Boys' pedal to the floor.
  10. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    this is the way I always interpreted it.....but I was wrong.....
  11. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    Wow. I do not ever remember seeing this scene.
  12. I've seen the film a few times in different forms, seems to be a scene that is often cut.
  13. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2010
    Chester, Pa.,USA
    I don't remember ever seeing it either.
  14. emdsd

    emdsd Mongo only pawn in game of music!

    Feb 25, 2010
    Boyne City, Michigan
    In the "uncut" version there are several extended and added scenes. He goes to work in the adhesive factory, swipes a can of glue and tells his boss he is quitting to join the priesthood. So his boss (Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters?) gives him some severance pay. The other scene that comes to mind is where he parks the Bluesmobile in a CTA electric substation which is where the car is supposed to have recieved its' "magical" powers.
  15. Right enough, I remember only seeing that substation parking part in the DVD.

    Is it Ernie Hudson? If it is, I'm ashamed for not noticing! I recall it being an old white guy? Don't have the DVD on hand at the moment as I'm visiting family.
  16. emdsd

    emdsd Mongo only pawn in game of music!

    Feb 25, 2010
    Boyne City, Michigan
    OK, you made me look...the IMDB lists 'Paul Butler' as Elwoods' boss, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't an old white guy. Now I'm going to have to watch the DVD...again!!!...who started this post anyhow??? :)
  17. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

    Maybe the edit I have on DVD is different - I always thought the factory was a cheez whiz factory and that was what he swiped and gave to the guy later. The old guys says "Got my Cheez Whiz, boy?" which I took to indicate that this was his routine procedure. Never thought about where the spray adhesive came from. I remember the boss was black in the scene where he quits and says he's joining the priesthood but not much more about him.
  18. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Wow. I've either never seen those extra scenes or have completely forgotten them...and I've probably watched the movie upwards if twenty times! :atoz:
  19. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

    Unless someone in continuity screwed up. I'm too nitpicky.
  20. emdsd

    emdsd Mongo only pawn in game of music!

    Feb 25, 2010
    Boyne City, Michigan
    Then maybe the can he swiped was what he put into the cops tires at the Palace Hotel Ballroom that made them explode when they peeled-out?!?? Ooops, I think that was another scene that was cut. I may have seen this movie a few too many times :)