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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?


George Clooney had a relative in Kentucky (his native state) record himself reading the script, so that Clooney could work on his accent. When Clooney received the recording, he discovered that his relative had in fact removed all of the curse words and replaced them with something else. See more »


When Everett and the boys arrive at the town to find his daughters singing in the election rally, his moustache is visible when he is talking to Pete and Delmar, but when he goes over to talk to his daughters it disappears, and then reappears in the following scene 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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A Serious Comedy with wonderful characters
28 February 2001 | by (Chattanooga, TN) – See all my reviews

The Coen Brothers have truly outdone themselves in this wonderful saga of three escaped convicts. Though it is based on "The Odyssey," the ancient work of Homer, you do not have to have read "The Odyssey" to be able to follow the story. The brothers Coen have woven a tapestry of celluloid and aural delights! The soundtrack is intrinsic to the film, indeed it is as though the soundtrack is the product and the film is wrapping paper. Each character is wonderfully exploited and harkens back to the days of old when films were rich with character actors whose very appearance in the film adds richness, texture and authenticity. George Clooney is magnificent as the grease haired Everett Ulysses McGill, a honest con on the run whose pompous linguistics and vocabulary are comical and endearing. O Brother, Where Art Thou is easily the best Coen film to date as well as Clooney's best effort. Clooney is good enough to warrant a best actor nomination as is Tim Blake Nelson's portrayal of the dimwitted friend Delmar, while the film itself is deserving of a Best film nod.

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