Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, producer, screenwriter, musician who was an original cast of 'Saturday Night Live' (1975–1979). He wrote and starred in the 'SNL' musical sketch 'The Blues Brothers', which was later turned into an actual performing band and was also the basis for the highly successful film of the same name in 1980. He also wrote and starred in the top grossing supernatural comedy film 'Ghostbusters' (1984) and its sequel 'Ghostbusters II' (1989).
He did a short role on the television series 'Coming Up Rosie' (1975), and starred in the Steven Spielberg comedy '1941' (1979), which was a box-office failure. Among his other early appearances, 'Neighbors' (1981), 'Trading Places' (1983), 'Spies Like Us' (1985) and 'Dragnet' (1987) were successful movies. However, his directorial debut 'Nothing but Trouble' (1991) was a critical and commercial failure, as was most of his films from the decade except 'Tommy Boy' (1995) and 'Grosse Pointe Blank' (1997). He had small roles in 'Pearl Harbor' (2001) and '50 First Dates' (2004).
On television, he created the animated-series 'The Real Ghostbusters' (1985-1991), hosted the sci-fi drama-series 'Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal' (1996-2000) and starred on the sitcom 'Soul Man' (1997).
The Blues Brothers is a musical-comedy that revoles around two brothers—one of whom is a criminal—who embark on a mission to save their childhood school from shutting down. Brothers, Jake and Elwood Blues, played by John Belushi and John Aykroyd, reunite with their band and meet noted music artists to raise money while evading the police and other enemies.
Three parapsychologists, fired from their job, establish Ghostbusters, a paranormal investigation and elimination service. Their business booms but an EPA inspector is sure that they are frauds and hence puts them behind bars. However, when New York is besieged by an ancient Sumerian God Gozer, it is the trio who are called upon to save the city.
The second movie in the Indiana Jones film series is set in 1935 British India. Indiana Jones and his associates arrive in the village of Mayapore and are requested by the residents to find a mystical stone and their missing children. Their investigation leads them to an underground temple and a secret cult practicing black magic and human sacrifice.
Louis Winthorpe is a well-to-do broker working for Mortimer and Randolph Duke, who decide to switch Winthorpe’s lifestyle with that of street hustler Billy Ray Valentine’s, for a bet to test whether heredity or upbringing decides the character. So Valentine gets Winthorpe’s job while Winthorpe is falsely framed for a crime. As the two realize the situation, they design their own plan.
It is the biopic of master of comedy, the genius filmmaker Charles Chaplin. The ageing legend talks to the editor of his autobiography about his life, starting from his modest childhood days in South London to his rise in the world of cinema. The film re-creates his tempestuous personal life, issues with authorities, exile from the US, and finally, an Oscar tribute.
Adapted by Alfred Uhry from his own play, this movie begins when Miss Daisy’s son decides that his old mother needs to hire a chauffeur. Despite protests from her, he employs an African-American driver Hoke Colburn. After initial resistance, she eventually allows him to drive her. Over the next 25 years, as they learn more about life and each other, gradually a bond develops between them.
Martin Blank, a professional contract killer, who is unhappy with his work, receives an assignment in Detroit. His secretary persuades him to attend his ten-year high school reunion in Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe. Putting his professional thoughts aside, he tries to re-connect with his school girlfriend; but things turn difficult when two NSA agents plus a contract hit-man come chasing after him.
Dimwitted Tommy Callahan III inherits Callahan Auto, a near-bankrupt car-parts company after his father suddenly dies while getting married to Beverly Burns. While Tommy goes on a cross-country sales trip with his father’s assistant Richard to save the company, Beverly who is a con-artist tries everything, to sell the company for cash.
Martin Bishop, who runs a company that tests security systems, is blackmailed by government agents into getting a black box from its inventor. Bishop’s ex-girlfriend and his team of experts, who retrieve the device, discover that it can decode any encryption code. As Bishop realizes that those men were criminals and not government officers, they incriminate him in the murder of the inventor.
Lily is a ravishing socialite who discovers that her beauty and charm has begun to attract unwelcome interest and jealousy. Trying to conform to social expectations, she seeks a wealthy husband, and this makes her lose her chance to find real love with a man named Lawrence Selden.
The remake of the 1984 classic Ghostbusters, follows paranormal researchers Abigail Yates, Erin Gilbert, Jilian Holtzman, and Patty Tolan. They take up the mantle of the Ghostbusters to stop occultist Rowan North who is summoning an army of deadly ghosts to bring an end to the world.
11 years old hypochondriac Vada Sultenfuss is trying to figure out life. She lost her mother early and her father runs a funeral home from their house creating a morbid obsession with death in her. Her best friend is Thomas J. Sennett who suffers from various allergies and she has a crush on her school teacher Mr. Bixler.
This biographical drama film chronicles the life of American singer and musician James Brown’s rise from poverty to one of the most recognized musicians in history.
Henry Roth, a veterinarian in Hawaii, spends his time philandering with the countless women vacationing in the island. He falls for the beautiful Lucy Whitmore and manages to impress her, but she suffers from short-time memory loss and cannot remember him the next day. Determined to mend his ways, Henry decides to woo Lucy again every day.
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion is a crime comedy film, which tells the story of an insurance investigator Briggs, and Betty, a new employee at his company. Both of them dislike each other, but their lives take a strange turn when both of them are hypnotized by an evil magician who plans to use them to carry out his evil plans.
Despite saving New York City from demigod Gozer earlier, the Ghostbusters were forced to disband following myriads of property damage lawsuits. They come out of retirement to again help Dana Barrett after her son becomes the target of a demonic plot threatening the entire city, but they must first fight against the law and the government.
Chet Ripley, who lives in Chicago, is on a vacation with his wife and two kids. They are having a great time till they are joined by Ripley’s obnoxious brother-in-law Roman Craig along with his wife and two daughters.
Kramer and Douglas are two former US Presidents who are well-known for their rivalry. However, when they uncover a conspiracy against them by the current corrupt president, they join forces to expose him and clear their names.
Bright Young Things is a comedy drama film which takes us to 1930s London. It revolves around Adam Fenwick, an aspiring novelist, who is trying to raise enough money for his marriage. However, things only get worse when his manuscript is confiscated by the officials. Therefore, he looks for a new way to arrange money for his wedding.
Two incompetent CIA applicants are led to believe that they are on a mission. They soon find themselves in Pakistan, then in Afghanistan, and soon they are pursued by the Russians. They eventually realize that they are being used as decoys for a Nuclear War.
The anthology film is based on the landmark supernatural TV series of the same name (1959-1964), and comprises of remake of three episodes of the original series and one new story, each directed by different stalwart directors. The film’s horror and science-fiction segments, portraying eerie, unsettling situations, include-- prologue, ‘Time Out,’ ‘Kick the Can,’ ‘It’s a good Life,’ ‘Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,’ and epilogue.
After discovering that his wife has been cheating on him, an insomniac aerospace engineer named Ed Okin drives to an airport on the suggestion of his friend. However, his life takes a turn when a beautiful jewel smuggler named Diana jumps into his car and asks him to drive her to various locations.
Rafe and Danny, two boyhood friends, join WWII as first lieutenants and Rafe falls in love with Evelyn, a nurse. Rafe, who volunteers to fight with the British, is shot down and is presumed dead, while Evelyn finds solace in the company of Danny. However, Rafe comes back on the eve of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor.
After returning to America, aspiring artist Adam Beckett fails a drawing test conducted by Port Authority to control the entry in New York. So Adam has to take menial work. After helping a tramp, he discovers that actually the underground homeless are monitoring all cities. On their instructions, he boards a cantankerous driver’s bus to moon, and reunites with his true love.
When Democratic Congressman,Cam Brady,accidentally reveals his affair to the public, two corrupt businessmen, Glenn and Wade Motch,pounce upon the opportunity to make tourism director, Marty Huggins, run against Cam. As the political campaigns heat up, both parties stoop to new lows to slander each other and gain victory.
Evolution is a science fiction film with comedic undertones that revolves around two community college professors, a fireman-in-training and a beautiful government scientist trying to save the world from a fast-evolving organism that landed on earth in a meteor from outer space. Starring David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore and Seam William Scott, it has comedy, drama and action too.
In this homage to the 50’s-60’s police drama, no-nonsense LAPD detective Sgt. Joe Friday, (namesake nephew of the original protagonist) is paired with laid-back cop Pep Streebeck, to solve mysterious ritual killings. Tracing the homicides to a sinister cult, PAGAN, they disrupt a cruel ceremony. Friday falls for the rescued near-victim Connie Swail, who helps them expose the corrupt, powerful people behind the offense.
Close firefighter friends, womanizer Chuck Levine and widower Larry Valentine, get into a domestic partnership after Larry learns that he cannot name his children as beneficiaries for insurance policy. They are forced to move in together after the pension department begins investigation of possible fraud, and making things more complicated, Chuck falls for their beautiful lawyer Alex McDonough.
After the Pearl Harbor attack, California, which is feared to be the next target of the Japanese, is gripped in a panic wave. As hysteria spreads after spotting a Japanese sub off the California coast, varied groups of Californians set their own defense actions in motion. Major-General Joseph Stilwell, sent to compose the paranoid public, tries to make sense of the goings-on.
Sergeant Bilko is a con man who is in charge of the motor pool at an army base. He provides gambling faculties for the soldiers staying there. Things get very complicated when an old enemy from his past shows up for inspection.
John Burns is a mental patient who manages to break out from the hospital, after which he pretends to be psychiatrist Lawrence Baird. He replaces Dr Maitlin for a radio show. Things get hilarious when his show turns out to be a huge hit.
NASA sends a time capsule to space with footage of a video game championship, but misinterpreting it as a declaration of war, an alien species attacks Earth and issues a gaming challenge. US President Will Cooper summons his childhood friend Sam Brenner, a former video game champion, to lead a capable team to compete with the alien invaders.
An American private corporation takes over a war-torn nation and hires a hitman to kill a local politician. The hitman is supposed to pose as the corporation’s trade show representative who must organize the wedding of a Middle Eastern pop star, which will allow him the opportunity to kill his target.
After their birth of their daughter Stella, Mac and his wife Kelly try to adjust to a new life. Their lives take a turn when a fraternity moves in next door, and begins to organize outrageous parties. The couple asks the youths to keep the noise down, and their leader Teddy agrees. However, the problems persist and Mac is forced to go and talk to their college dean.
Coneheads is a sci-fi comedy film, which revolves around an alien couple with cone-shaped heads who are ditched on earth mistakenly, after which they try to adjust living among human beings.
Since their daughter is away, Luther and Nora Krank decids to skip Christmas celebrations, and instead take a cruise in the Caribbean instead. Their neighbours don’t like this at all, and the Kranks soon become social outcasts, due to their lack of Christmas spirit. However, when their daughter comes home at the last minute, they decide to have a celebration eventually.
Freddie is a former stripper who is getting married to Sam, in order to repay a debt. However, when she meets Jjaks, Sam’s brother, they fall for each other. Jjack and Freddie decide to run away together, and they soon reach a motel. But things get complicated after Jjack decides to return to his brother again, as they have no money.
Jabez Stone is a writer who is going through hard times. While attempting to get his work published, he meets a beautiful stranger who offers him a chance at fame and fortune. However, in return, he will have to exchange his soul. Having already lost faith in himself, Jabez decides to accept the offer. After accepting the deal, Jabez quickly finds himself living the life that he had dreamt of, which includes a book deal, money, women and fame. However, despite the success, it seems that he no longer has the respect and trust of his friends and those around him.
A college student, who is branded a loser by his roommates, is evicted from his dormitory. He soon falls in love with a female student; however, she is infatuated with one of her professors.
When widower astrophysicist Steven Mills accidently sends out energy waves destroying a planet’s gravity, they send an attractive extraterrestrial, Celeste, to investigate and reverse the effects of his research. Instead, she finds herself enjoying her life with Steve and his daughter, Jesse. As she experiences emotions and feelings like love for the first time, Celeste is reluctant to return to her home-planet.
Mike and Jimmy are concerned as their favorite team loses a game in the NBA finals. Therefore, they decide to kidnap the star of the opposing team, so that he cannot perform in the next game.
My Girl 2 is a romantic comedy drama film which tells the story of Vada Sultenfuss, who decides to go to Los Angeles, to do a little research on the life of her biological mother. Although her father initially opposes the idea, he eventually allows her. When she arrives in Los Angeles, she is greeted by a guy Nick, who has been asked by her uncle to help her in her investigation.
Situations force a meek and introverted college professor to become a manager for four prostitutes.
Nothing But Trouble is a comedy film which revolves around a businessman and his friends who are arrested and taken to court, where they face trouble from a sadistic judge.
Tammy is a road comedy film, which tells the story of a woman who after losing her job, also finds out that her husband has been unfaithful to her. She decides to hit the road with her alcoholic grandmother.
Blues Brotherhood 2000 is an action comedy drama film which tells the story of Ellwood Blues, who after getting out of prison, attempt to reunite the old gang as well as find a few new partners in crime.
Original members of the popular TV show Saturday Night Live appear in this strange and extraordinary collection of dark-humored sketches.
North is a talented eleven year old boy, who doesn’t feel valued by his parents. Fed up of the daily quarrel of his parents, he sets out on a quest to explore the world, to know himself, and to find the perfect parents.
A photographer named Elliot Slater is the only one who has been able to snap photos of Omar, a jewelry thief. When he heads for an island for a vacation, he is followed by Omar and his partner Nina, as well as two police officers, who want to grab the photos. However, Elliot is unaware that he is being followed by so many people.
Caddyshack II is a comedy film which tells the story of a real estate tycoon who is extremely annoyed after a snobbish country club denies him membership. He decides to take revenge by purchasing the club and turning it into an amusement park.
Three childhood friends reunite on their graduation and decide to take a road trip across the country, even though they hardly have any money. Things take an interesting turn when a guy joins them on the trip, and it eventually gives them an experience that changes their lives.
Nothing But Trouble is a comedy film which revolves around a businessman and his friends who are arrested and taken to court, where they face trouble from a sadistic judge.
Z, a worker ant striving to break away from his monotonous routine and express his individuality, falls in love with beautiful princess Bala when she visits a bar to escape suffocating royal life. He switches places with soldier friend Weaver to see her again, and unwittingly becomes the colony's only hope against a coup d'état by General Mandible.
In the Land of Oz, Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion learn that an evil Jester has stolen the broomstick of his sister, the late Wicked Witch of the West. With Oz’s future at stake, they eventually feel that they will need the help of Dorothy to stop him.
Yogi and Boo Boo are two bears living in Jellystone Park, who spends most of their time stealing food from the visitors. However, when the new mayor wants to auction the park, they try to prevent it from getting sold.
Based on the Harvey Comics cartoon character, Casper the Friendly Ghost, this poignant and heartwarming film tells the story of Casper who becomes a ghost after his untimely death. The film’s visual effects and music score are spectacular, and its success spawned numerous sequels.
Canadian Bacon is a comedy film which revolves around a US President who talks about starting a war with Canada, in an attempt to boost his approval rating.
She’s Having a Baby is a romantic comedy drama film which tells the story of Jake and Kristy Briggs, who are newly married, and are living a happy life with each other. However, when they try to have a baby, they face a number of challenges and learn how unprepared they are, for what lies ahead.
Dan Aykroyd Awards
|Saturday Night Live||Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series||1977|