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
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The character, Pappy O'Daniel, was a direct reference to Wilbert Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel who was sales manager for Burrus Flour Mills in Ft. Worth TX around 1925. He hired Light Crust Doughboys as the band to advertise Burrus' Light Crust Flour on a radio show that he served as announcer for, and ultimately hired Bob Wills to front the band. He started W Lee O'Daniels Hillbilly Brand Flour in 1935. Bob Wills took the majority of the Light Crust Doughboys with him when he and Pappy parted ways, bitterly, to form Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys. The replacement band was known as W. Lee O'Daniel and his Hillbilly Boys and used his power to buy advertising to promote Western Swing music, religion, his flour and himself. He used his notoriety as a radio host to successfully run for Governor of Texas, twice. He also served as Senator from Texas for two terms, once beating Lyndon B. Johnson in 1942, then a Houston school teacher. See more »
The band performing "Keep on the Sunny side" at the Homer Stokes rally has two female singers and one male singer yet only female voices can be heard. See more »
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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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 »
I was into the movie right away. I've seen the other Coen movies, with the exception of Raising Arizona, and I've noticed that each of their movies has a color. Fargo is gray/white, Lebowski is bright orange, and this movie is a pleasant yellow.
The bright pleasant qualities of this movie start right away. Soon the look is accompanied by the great, great music. It's the old folk sound, the kind of music that was written during a time when music was enjoyed as a part of day to day life. Enjoyed by everyone, chain-gangs, church choirs, and even prison escapees.
Now, about the prison escapees. I don't know what crime their characters could have possibly committed, as they are a very very friendly group of guys. Clooney is fantastic, completely nailing his role.
Go see this as soon as possible. I believe that it can be enjoyed by anyone at some level. For some reason, the theater I was in was full of old ladies and old men, and they loved it.
You'll love it too, I promise. I was compelled to get my hands on the soundtrack right away.
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