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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 <armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de>

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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?


Ulysses Everett McGill's childhood home shown at the end of the film, where they go to search for the ring, is actually based on the cabin from The Evil Dead (1981). Joel Coen was the assistant editor on that film, his first feature. See more »


When the car breaks down Everett asks the store clerk for a replacement part. The clerk tells Everett that it will take two weeks to order the part. Everett tells the clerk that two weeks is too long and he returns to meet Pete and Delmar and tell them the bad news. Everett and Pete then argue over the pocket-watch that was stolen and they are interrupted by the river baptism. After the baptism the three men are seen driving away in the car without any explanation about how it was repaired. 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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Hillbilly hi-jinks. Bluegrass music. Laugh out loud funny!
16 February 2002 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

The Coen Brothers have done it again. Three depression era convicts(George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson)escape a Mississippi chain gang and head off in search of buried treasure that will fund their new lives. Along the way, they sing on the radio and become much sought after stars as well as escapees. Great laughs and a soundtrack that is a lesson/introduction to bluegrass music.

Clooney is outstanding as the fast talking, quick witted Ulysses Everett McGill. Holly Hunter plays his estranged wife. Turturro and Nelson are flawless stumblebums. Also in the cast are John Goodman and Charles Durning.

Dan Tyminksi provides the singing voice for George Clooney on "I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow", the Soggy Bottom Boys song that serves as a template for the bluegrass laden soundtrack that also features Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley, The Whites, John Hartford, The Cox Family and Gillian Welch. Toe tapping, knee slapping fun for the whole family. You'll be surprised with how relaxed and funny this movie is.

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