Producer
Director
Jobst Knigge
Producer
16:9 HDTV
Genre
Biography
Broadcaster
ZDFKultur / arte
Length
1 x 52'
Editor
Year
2012
TOO young TO DIE
John Belushi

"Killer Belushi" is what John was called in his youth. He is the star of the football team, the drummer in the high school band and a brilliant actor. With irresistible fascination, the meteoric rise of a young man with an explosive temper and an extreme personality takes place. He makes his breakthrough in Chicago in an off-theatre troupe. He becomes a star in his mid-20s in New York with "Saturday Night Live". His "Blues Brothers" albums are million-sellers. Seven films are enough to make John Belushi unforgettable.

The film portrays one of the greatest American show stars of his time, shows the rapid career and the deep fall, gives an incomparable insight into the film and show business of the 70s and 80s and the character of one of its most prominent victims. Interviews with close family members, fellow actors and directors as well as never-before-seen private films from John Belushi's estate paint a sensitive portrait of the brilliant actor and shed light on the background surrounding the tragedy of his early death.

First broadcast: Sat., 14 July 2012, 23:50h, ARTE.

TOO young TO DIE: John Belushi

"Killer Belushi" is what John was called in his youth. He is the star of the football team, the drummer in the high school band and a brilliant actor. With irresistible fascination, the meteoric rise of a young man with an explosive temper and an extreme personality takes place. He makes his breakthrough in Chicago in an off-theatre troupe. He becomes a star in his mid-20s in New York with "Saturday Night Live". His "Blues Brothers" albums are million-sellers. Seven films are enough to make John Belushi unforgettable.

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