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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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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>

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


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

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2 February 2001 (USA)  »

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¿Dónde estás, hermano?  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$195,104 (USA) (29 December 2000)

Gross:

$45,506,619 (USA) (3 August 2001)
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Trivia

In one montage sequence we see Everett, Pete, and Delmar pass two African-American boys on a country road. Both the boys are carrying large blocks of ice. This appears to be a visual reference to a famous Works Progress Administration photograph by Eudora Welty. See more »

Goofs

In the first action scene, boarding a running train, Delmar is chained between Pete (still running alongside train, 8 mph) and Everett standing in car. Pete falls and drags pulling Delmar and Everett off the train. Thank goodness, for the entire story, Delmar's legs are not quartered medieval-style as all three are dragged off the train. See more »

Quotes

[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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Title Design and Other Cool Stuff Balsmeyer & Everett, Inc. See more »

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References Raising Arizona (1987) See more »

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Our favorite !!!
13 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My husband received DVD of OBWAT for Christmas and it was the best gift we received! We watch it every time we need to laugh and so far we have viewed it 12 times!The scenery in this movie is beautiful and the music is outstanding!We also purchased the soundtrack and we play it in our vehicles and at home when ever we need a pick me up and that too is daily!If anyone needs a suggestion for a good gift for movie lovers this movie is it!The characters are hilarious , charming , and their facial expressions are too funny to describe!I have always been a fan of George Clooney but now I am also a fan of Tim Blake Nelson(Delmar ) and John Turturro (Pete)and am now looking for them in other movies! You gotta see this movie!!!


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