With director R.J. Cutler, Judy Belushi, and Animal House producer Ivan Reitman
From his early days as a child growing up in Wheaton, Illinois, John Belushi demonstrated an extraordinary facility for comedy and music—by age 30, he’d conquered Hollywood as one of the founding cast members of Saturday Night Live and the star of the comic blockbuster The Blues Brothers. His insatiable drive made him an unstoppable and pioneering force in the world of entertainment, but as his fame grew, so did his struggles with substance abuse, leading to an untimely demise that shocked fans around the world. Award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler chronicles Belushi’s meteoric rise and tragic fall through previously unheard audio tapes featuring the voices of collaborators, friends, and family: Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, Penny Marshall, Lorne Michaels, Carrie Fisher, Chevy Chase, Harold Ramis, Jane Curtin, Ivan Reitman and wife Judy Belushi. A fitting tribute to a once-in-a-generation talent, Belushi captures the complicated and singular essence of a beloved American icon who changed the culture forever.
FILM PATRON John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation