'The Blues Brothers' Makes The Vatican's List Of Films

The Vatican has added the John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd classic to its list of recommended films. Others include The Ten Commandments and The Passion of the Christ.

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(Soundbite of song, "Soul Man")

SCOTT SIMON, host:

The Blues Brothers is now officially not just a wild comic romp, but a spiritual touchstone. The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, says that the film, which was released 30 years ago this weekend, now joins "The Passion of Christ" and "The Ten Commandments" as recommended viewing for Catholics everywhere.

You might recall that "The Blues Brothers," played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, say they're on a mission from God to save the Catholic orphanage in Chicago where they grew up. Dan Aykroyd told the New York Post: As a former altar boy from age 6 but a somewhat lapsed Catholic: I was delighted with the endorsement. My local monsignor will immediately be receiving a check for parish needs.

(Soundbite of song, "Soul Man")

THE BLUES BROTHERS (Music Group): (Singing) Got what I got the hard way. And I'll make it better each and every day. So honey, don't you fret 'cause you ain't seen nothing yet. I'm a soul man. I'm a soul man. Play it, Steve.

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