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O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

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In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.


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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Del Pentecost ...
J.R. Horne ...
Brian Reddy ...
The Little Man
Sheriff Cooley (as Daniel Von Bargen)


Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey," the movie deals with the picaresque adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill and his companions Delmar and Pete in 1930s Mississipi. Sprung from a chain gang and trying to reach Everett's home to recover the buried loot of a bank heist they are confronted by a series of strange characters--among them sirens, a cyclops, bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson (very annoyed by that nickname), a campaigning governor and his opponent, a KKK lynch mob, and a blind prophet who warns the trio that "the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find." Written by Armin Ortmann <armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometimes, you have to lose your way to get back home See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 February 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

¿Dónde estás, hermano?  »

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Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£564,064 (United Kingdom), 17 September 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$195,104, 25 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$45,506,619, 5 August 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,868,327, 31 December 2001
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite the fact that Ethan Coen described the Odyssey as "one of my favorite storyline schemes" neither of the brothers had read the epic and were only familiar with its content through adaptations and numerous references to the Odyssey in popular culture. According to the brothers, Tim Blake Nelson (who has a degree in classics from Brown University) was the only person on the set who had read the Odyssey. See more »


Baby Face Nelson asks whether Ulysses, Pete, and Delmar know their way around a Walther PPK. While the PPK was produced in Germany starting in 1929, it didn't gain a market in the US until after WWII, and sales only really took off after the introduction of the James Bond movies in 1962. Bank robbers of the 1920s and '30s generally preferred American-made pistols, like the Browning 1903 or the Colt 1911. See more »


[first lines]
Ulysses Everett McGill: Say, any of you boys smithies? Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?
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Crazy Credits

The credit for Alan J. Schoolcraft, the president of operations for Mike Zoss Productions, is all in Spanish: "El Encargado de Mike Zoss Productions" See more »


Spoofs Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) See more »


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This film brought back memories.
27 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

We lived through the depression and related to some of the conditions portrayed. We have watched it perhaps a dozen times. Each time we see it we pick up on something we had missed because we were still laughing at, or discussing, an earlier scene or line. The entire film was a collection of photographically great faces. We are still asking ourselves whether the entire cast were professionals or whether some were individuals found on location. The film was rich with subtle tie-ins like the children tied together with twine, as the prisoners were connected by chains. We still think the cow may have been hit unintentionally. Fords of that era had mechanical brakes. The driver of the car may not have been accustomed the longer stopping distances required. The many allusions to Ulysses Odyssey inspired us to do an inter-net search. We found a modern text version and discovered more sly references. We appreciate blue grass and country music as originally American and found it thoroughly enjoyable, along with the authentic "Go To Sleep Little Baby" and "Down from the Mountain." We were emotionally touched by this film because of our age, and find it totally entertaining every time we view it. We are still amazed that someone not of our generation could have captured the essence of that period of United States history.

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