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O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Music  |  2 February 2001 (USA)
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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 <>

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


Comedy | Crime | Music

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 (UK) (15 September 2000)


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

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Did You Know?


Tim Blake Nelson's actual singing voice is heard during "In The Jailhouse Now." See more »


Menelaus "Pappy" O'Daniel mentions, "parishes and precincts". Louisiana is the only state that uses parishes, the movie is set in Mississippi. 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 »


Referenced in The Exes: Oh Brother Here Art Thou (2014) See more »


Written by William Tyers
Performed by Pat Rebillot (as Pat Rebillo)
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Travelling to Sullivans country
21 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

This was the best film I saw in the year 2000. The Cohen brothers have never let me down before, and they certainly didn't this time either.

It's one of those rare movies these days - it's witty, intelligent and vastly entertaining. I left the cinema with a warmth in my heart. Of course, there's lot of Cohen stuff in there - odd characters and peculiar gadgets, well-developed plot and magic camerawork. But no Cohen film is resembling any other Cohen film, if you overlook the general quality of them, of course.

The big surprise for me was that Clooney is so good. But the true master performance in this movie comes from Tim Blake-Nelson. But the rest of the cast is superb too.

A film that is lightweight comedy with a musical touch that evolve it's story round rednecks and old time country music - dripping with wit and intelligence. Thats a very unlikely combination. But it's exactly what this picture is.

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