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I was watching the Blues Brothers recently and I was wondering how many people were there chasing Elwood and Jake in the final chase scene, including the army, police and swat teams, soldiers and vigilantes, and all the other groups.

I would think at least 300.

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    To quote young John Connor from T2: "Uh... all of 'em, I think." Jul 28, 2013 at 4:12
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    You forgot: rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers. And especially Methodists.
    – DVK
    Jul 28, 2013 at 18:46
  • ...and country musicians. Jul 28, 2013 at 20:02
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    @DVK, I thought that was in Blazing Saddles??? At the time, the number of automobiles wrecked in the movie set a record that broke the one held by The French Connection.
    – MB34
    Jul 31, 2013 at 14:44
  • Also: The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads.. May 31, 2018 at 14:04

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According to an article in the Chicago Sun Times, over 500 extras were used for the scene:

Aykroyd remembers a "day of intense concentration'' while working with so many extras -- more than 500, including 200 real soldiers. Belushi hurt his back pushing a cigarette machine and a bench in front of the fake doors, recalled his widow, Judy Belushi Pisano.

If you came upon Daley Plaza on Labor Day weekend 1979, you might have turned and run for cover. Two hundred National Guardsmen, rifles in hand, raced from Army jeeps and tanks toward the Cook County Building. They were backed up by three Sherman tanks, three helicopters and three fire trucks. Not to mention 100 state and city police officers in 50 squad cars and on 15 horses.

There was even a SWAT team crawling across the roof and rappelling down the Corinthian columns of the building.

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