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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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They have a plan, but not a clue. 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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The film soundtrack's official website ran a trivia contest to promote the film, giving winners canisters of Dapper Dan pomade. See more »


When Pappy O'Daniel is yelling at his son on the porch about his suggestion of getting a smaller midget than Homer Stokes', his head is turned towards his son, in the shot immediately after his head is facing forward. 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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Title Design and Other Cool Stuff Balsmeyer & Everett, Inc. See more »


Referenced in Being Ian: O Brother Where Art Thou? (2005) See more »


Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
Performed by Colin Linden
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surprising, refreshing and hilarious
19 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

Thank goodness for the Coen Brothers. Their success has brought them bigger budgets,but hasn't rid them of their creativity. I had planned on seeing another movie, but it was sold out so I went to this one instead. By the time it began, I had forgotten what movie I was there to see. I was surprised in more ways than one. This movie is hilarious, but they don't make any cheap jokes just to get the laughs. The writing is brilliant, and delivered with great skill by George Clooney (after this, nobody can say he's just a pretty face) and the rest of the cast. It can be appreciated on many levels, whether you remember the Odyssey or not. I can't remember the last time I saw a movie that was this clever. I've seen others I would describe as beautiful, intriguing, funny and charming, all of which also describe "Oh Brother," but this movie reminded me of older seinfeld episodes where all the subplots came together in the end. You can feel that their journey is building up to something, but you can't tell what. And the Coen brothers do not fail us, the end is certainly not disappointing. It's surprising, and ties up all the loose ends neatly, without wearing the story out.

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