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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Clooney ... Everett

John Turturro ... Pete Hogwallop

Tim Blake Nelson ... Delmar O'Donnell

John Goodman ... Big Dan Teague

Holly Hunter ... Penny

Chris Thomas King ... Tommy Johnson

Charles Durning ... Pappy O'Daniel
Del Pentecost ... Junior O'Daniel

Michael Badalucco ... George Nelson
J.R. Horne ... Pappy's Staff
Brian Reddy ... Pappy's Staff

Wayne Duvall ... Homer Stokes

Ed Gale ... The Little Man

Ray McKinnon ... Vernon T. Waldrip

Daniel von Bargen ... Sheriff Cooley (as Daniel Von Bargen)

Royce D. Applegate ... Man with Bullhorn

Frank Collison ... Wash Hogwallop
Quinn Gasaway ... Boy Hogwallop

Lee Weaver ... Blind Seer
Millford Fortenberry ... Pomade Vendor (as Milford Fortenberry)

Stephen Root ... Radio Station Man
John Locke ... Mr. French
Gillian Welch ... Soggy Bottom Customer
A. Ray Ratliff ... Record Store Clerk

Mia Tate ... Siren

Musetta Vander ... Siren

Christy Taylor ... Siren
April Hardcastle ... Waitress
Michael W. Finnell ... Interrogator
Georgia Rae Rainer ... Wharvey Gal
Marianna Breland ... Wharvey Gal
Lindsey Miller ... Wharvey Gal
Natalie Shedd ... Wharvey Gal

John McConnell ... Woolworths Manager
Issac Freeman ... Gravedigger
Wilson Waters Jr. ... Gravedigger
Robert Hamlett ... Gravedigger
Willard Cox ... Cox Family
Evelyn Cox ... Cox Family
Suzanne Cox ... Cox Family
Sidney Cox ... Cox Family
Buck White ... The Whites
Sharon White ... The Whites
Cheryl White ... The Whites
Ed Snodderly ... Village Idiot
David Holt ... Village Idiot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dan Andreiu ... KKK Member (uncredited)

Seth Bailey ... Cigar-Smoking Banquet Patron (uncredited)

Billy W. Blackwell ... Rallygoer / Banquet Patron (uncredited)
Ron Block ... Banjoist (uncredited)
Dan Braun ... Klansman (uncredited)

Ryder Davis ... Klansman (uncredited)
Jerry Douglas ... Dobro Player (uncredited)
Christopher Francis ... Klansman (uncredited)
Gloria Gonnillini ... Rallygoer (uncredited)

Geoffrey Gould ... Mob Head (uncredited)
Stuart Greenwell ... Rail Man (uncredited)
Emily D. Haley ... Partygoer (uncredited)
Nathan Kornelis ... Klansman (uncredited)

Nathaniel Lee Jr. ... Ice Boy with Straw Hat (uncredited)

Lamar Lott ... Rallygoer (uncredited)
Mark Munson ... Klansman (uncredited)
Andy Sims ... Rallygoer (uncredited)
Shayne Tingle ... Rail Man (uncredited)
Dan Tyminski ... Mandolinist on Stage (uncredited)
Leon Walls ... Guitarist (uncredited)

John Wilkie ... Klansman / Choreographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Coen 
Ethan Coen (uncredited)
Writing credits
Homer (epic poem "The Odyssey")

Ethan Coen (written by) &
Joel Coen (written by)

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... executive producer
John Cameron .... co-producer
Ethan Coen .... producer
Eric Fellner .... executive producer
Robert Graf .... associate producer
Joel Coen .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
T Bone Burnett 
Cinematography by
Roger Deakins (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ethan Coen  (as Roderick Jaynes)
Joel Coen  (as Roderick Jaynes)
Tricia Cooke 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
Dennis Gassner 
Art Direction by
Richard L. Johnson  (as Richard Johnson)
Set Decoration by
Nancy Haigh 
Costume Design by
Mary Zophres 
Makeup Department
Jean Ann Black .... makeup supervisor (as Jean Black)
Roy Bryson .... key hair stylist
Karyn Huston .... key hair stylist
Paul LeBlanc .... head hair stylist
Waldo Sanchez .... hair stylist: Mr. Clooney
Barbara Sanders .... key hair stylist
Amy Schmiederer .... key makeup artist
Sheryl Blum .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Linda Boykin-Williams .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Laverne Caracuzzi .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
John Cameron .... unit production manager
David Diliberto .... post-production supervisor
Jane Frazer .... executive in charge of production: Working Title Films
Gilly Ruben .... production supervisor
Michelle Wright .... executive in charge of production: Working Title Films
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Dress .... dga trainee (as Pete Dress)
Betsy Magruder .... first assistant director
Jonathan McGarry .... second assistant director
Donald Murphy .... second second assistant director
Steve Lonano .... dayplayer additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Dean Allison .... construction foreman
J. Todd Anderson .... storyboard artist
Paige Augustine .... assistant set decorator
Pedro Barquin .... stand-by greensman
Melody Bishop .... construction purchaser
Clayton Bowman .... greens laborer
E.W. Bradford .... construction coordinator (as Bill Bradford)
Thomas E. Brown .... paint supervisor (as Thomas Brown)
Kathy Brunswick .... construction purchaser
Shane Buckallew .... plaster foreman
Robert E. Denne .... paint foreman (as Robert E. Denn)
John Dugan .... plaster foreman
Neil Gahn .... construction foreman
Daniel J. Gillooly .... head greensman (as Dan Gillooly)
Ted Haigh .... graphic art director
Jerry G. Henery .... construction foreman (as Jerry Henery)
Casey Kasemeier .... signwriter (as Casey Kasemier)
Stephanie Kern .... assistant signwriter
Ritchie Kremer .... property master
Larry Laurent .... paint foreman
John Leone .... labor foreman
Leslie 'Tinker' Linville .... set dressing gangboss (as Tinker Linville)
Robert Loring Jr. .... greens foreman (as Robert Loring)
Tom McDaniel .... construction foreman
Frank McEldowney .... greens foreman
James P. Meehan .... on-set dresser (as Jimmy Meehan)
Thomas Minton .... set designer
William H. Neff .... signwriter (as Bill Neff)
Jeff Passanante .... construction coordinator
Ron Patterson .... assistant property master
Marco Rubeo .... assistant art director
Henry Schaub .... stand-by painter (as Henry Schaub III)
Andrew M. Scudier .... paint foreman (as Andy Scudier)
Craig T. Shordon .... set painter
Jonathan Short .... set consultant
Mark Sparks .... construction foreman
Monica Streed .... art department administrator
Mark Weissenfluh .... leadman
Richard F. Anderson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jack Blanchard .... set dresser (uncredited)
John Blanchard .... carpenter (uncredited)
Gail Briant .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Jeff Brown .... greensman (uncredited)
Randall S. Coe .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Dan Dorfer .... set painter (uncredited)
Sara Fanelli .... carpenter (uncredited)
Cyd Fenwick .... camera scenic artist (uncredited)
Neil Gahm .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
Michael Hendrick .... greensman (uncredited)
John Herbert .... painter (uncredited)
Dave Kelsey .... sign writer (uncredited)
Jane Kilkenny .... model builder (uncredited)
Leo Lauricella .... carpenter (uncredited)
Stephanie Macomber .... signwriter (uncredited)
Michael S. Martin .... props assistant (uncredited)
Bryan McBrien .... stand-by greensman (uncredited)
Patrick McGuire .... set dresser (uncredited)
Douglas P. Newell .... carpenter (uncredited)
Debbie Nolan .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Nashon Petrushkin .... set dresser (uncredited)
Steve Roll .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Carisa Rosenthal .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Bowerman .... boom operator
Kam Chan .... foley editor
Benjamin Cheah .... foley supervisor (as Ben Cheah)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... consultant: Dolby
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Sean Garnhart .... sound re-recording mixer
Eugene Gearty .... sound designer
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Peter F. Kurland .... production sound mixer (as Peter Kurland)
George A. Lara .... foley engineer (as George Lara)
Skip Lievsay .... sound re-recording mixer
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Greg Orloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Orrico .... apprentice sound editor
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Mike Poppleton .... assistant sound editor
Jen Ralston .... foley editor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Fred Rosenberg .... dialogue editor
Philip Stockton .... dialogue editor
Paul Urmson .... sound effects editor
Knox White .... utility sound technician
Allan Zaleski .... assistant sound editor
Mark Zimbicki .... utility sound technician
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Hanson Hsu .... stage engineer (uncredited)
Cate Montana .... sound intern (uncredited)
Jerry Ross .... sound editor (uncredited)
Greg Steele .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Peter Zimbicki .... sound intern (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Peter Chesney .... special effects coordinator
Kyle Ross Collinsworth .... special effects foreman (as Kyle Collinsworth)
Blaine Converse .... special effects administrator (as E. Blaine Converse)
Robert L. Olmstead .... special effects set lead (as Robert Olmstead)
Gintar Repecka .... special effects foreman
Steve Austin .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Gary D. Bierend .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Tom Chesney .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Joe Heffernan .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Chris Nelson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Sandra Stewart .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jon Thackery .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Nancy Bernstein .... visual effects executive producer: Digital Domain
Jill Bogdanowicz .... datacine assistant: Cinesite
Shawn Broes .... digital mastering editor: Cinesite
Jeff Christopherson .... imaging technician: Cinesite
Alan K.M. Faucher .... miniature effects supervisor: Digital Domain (as Alan Faucher)
Julius Friede .... senior colorist: Cinesite
Julie Goldberg .... visual effects coordinator: Digital Domain
Glen Gustafson .... film recording operator: Cinesite
Claas Henke .... digital compositing supervisor: Digital Domain (as Class Henke)
Jeffrey Kalmus .... digital imaging supervisor: Digital Domain
Michael Kanfer .... creative imaging supervisor: Digital Domain (as Michael D. Kanfer)
Daniel Leung .... compositor: Balsmeyer & Everett
Daniel Leung .... digital animator: Balsmeyer & Everett
Julian Levi .... visual effects producer: Digital Domain
Erik Nash .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Domain
David Prescott .... computer graphics supervisor: Digital Domain
Sarah Priestnall .... manager of operations: Cinesite
Pat Repola .... vice president digital imaging: Cinesite
Brian Shows .... datacine assistant: Cinesite
Tess Spaulding .... system administrator
Mike Tosti .... imaging technician: Cinesite
Debra Wolff .... visual effects editor: Digital Domain
Ted Andre .... visual effects compositor (uncredited)
Laurent Ben-Mimoun .... digital matte painter (uncredited)
David Bleich .... digital artist (uncredited)
S. Kai Bovaird .... runner (uncredited)
Wally Chin .... 3D technical assistant (uncredited)
Chad E. Collier .... scanning and recording operator: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Tim 'Timco' Conway .... data integration supervisor: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Robert Coquia Jr. .... 3D technical assistant (uncredited)
Filippo Costanzo .... digital matte painter (uncredited)
John Michael Courte .... digital artist (uncredited)
Sean C. Cunningham .... digital artist (uncredited)
Barry Dempsey .... character rigger (uncredited)
Feliciano di Giorgio .... digital compositor: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Joshua Doud .... data integration artist (uncredited)
James Egstad .... scanning & recording operator (uncredited)
John Gibson .... shader technical director (uncredited)
Mitch Goldstrom .... systems administrator: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Molly Hansen .... visual effects business affairs (uncredited)
Jongwoo Heo .... visual effects (uncredited)
Garman Herigstad .... digital effects animator: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Bernardo Jauregui .... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Stephen Jennings .... flame assistant (uncredited)
Fred Jimenez .... 2D technical assistant (uncredited)
Mark Larranaga .... digital compositor (uncredited)
S. Scott McCaulley .... facilities supervisor: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Matt McDonald .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Melanie Okamura .... digital artist (uncredited)
Brian Peyatt .... technical coordinator (uncredited)
Brett Phillips .... lead modelmaker: Digital Domain (uncredited)
LeiLa Ratti .... vfx coordinator: cinesite (uncredited)
Brian Ripley .... lead modelmaker: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Josh Saeta .... digital artist: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Donovan Scott .... digital compositor (uncredited)
David Earl Smith .... digital character animator: Digital Domain (uncredited)
George Stevens .... model maker crew chief: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Messrob Torikian .... data integration team (uncredited)
Kieran Woo .... production controller: pre-production, Digital Domain (uncredited)
Rachel Wyn Dunn .... compositor: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Keiji Yamaguchi .... digital artist (uncredited)
Danny Downey .... stunts
Nicholas J. Giangiulio .... stunts (as Nick Giangiullo)
Donald John Hewitt .... stunts (as Don J. Hewitt)
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Jeff Jensen .... stunts
Jennifer Lamb .... stunts
Brad Martin .... stunt double: George Clooney
David Peterson .... stunts
Keith Siglinger .... stunts
Stuart Greenwell .... stunts (uncredited)
G. Peter King .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh Blakeslee .... camera loader
Craig A. Brink .... rigging gaffer (as Craig Brink)
Erik L. Brown .... first assistant Steadicam (as Erik Brown)
David Diamond .... rigging best boy electrician (as Dave Diamond)
Clinton Dougherty .... camera operator (as Clint Dougherty)
Kevin Fahey .... second company grip
Alan Frazier .... assistant chief lighting technician
Charley Gilleran .... key rigging grip (as Charlie Gilleran)
Adam Gilmore .... second assistant camera
Melinda Sue Gordon .... still photographer
Joseph Grimaldi .... rigging gaffer (as Joe Grimaldi)
Bruce Hamme .... dolly grip
Andy Harris .... first assistant camera
Jeremy Knaster .... assistant chief lighting technician
Mitchell Andrew Lillian .... first company grip (as Mitch Lillian)
Charlie Marroquin .... key rigging grip
Niles McElroy .... rigging best boy electrician
Michael A. McFadden .... best boy rigging grip (as Michael McFadden)
Mark O'Kane .... Steadicam operator
Bill O'Leary .... lighting consultant
Kyle Rudolph .... Steadicam operator
Jonathon E. Salzman .... chief lighting technician (as Jon Salzman)
Michael L. Smith .... second company grip (as Mike Smith)
Chuck Whelan .... first assistant Steadicam (as Chuck Whelan II)
Robert Anderson .... grip: Los Angeles (uncredited)
John Bonnin .... crane operator: Akela crane (uncredited)
Al Bruce .... grip (uncredited)
Willie E. Dawkins .... lighting department (uncredited)
Will Dearborn .... additional camera loader (uncredited)
Michael James Fahey .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Alexandre Naufel .... set lighting (uncredited)
Ben Rekhi .... camera department intern (uncredited)
Dylan Rush .... set lighting: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Chris Weigand .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Abbe Wool .... electrician: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Maryan Zurek .... underwater assistant camera (uncredited)
Animation Department
Gray Miller .... animator: title animation, Balsmeyer & Everett
Casting Department
Kathleen Chopin .... additional casting
Carrie Crossman .... extras casting assistant
Sandra Dawes .... local casting (as Sandy Dawes)
Brennan Dufresne .... casting assistant (as Brennan DuFrene)
Jennifer Euston .... casting assistant
April Hardcastle .... extras casting assistant
Sondra James .... voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cha Blevins .... costume supervisor (as Deborah 'Cha' Blevins)
Celeste Cleveland .... tailor/cutter
Steve Constancio .... set costumer
Linda S. Cormany .... set costumer (as Linda Cormany)
Cookie Lopez .... set costumer
Giselle Spence .... seamstress (as Giselle 'Gigi' Spence)
Danielle Valenciano .... assistant costume designer
Christine Wada .... costume ager/dyer
Linda Gardar .... set costumer (uncredited)
Guy Miracle .... costumer (uncredited)
Jason M. Moore .... costumer (uncredited)
Fran Murphy .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Lori Jean Sacks .... costumer (uncredited)
Susan Thomas .... costumer (uncredited)
Tammy Williamson .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Karyn Anonia .... second assistant editor
David Diliberto .... associate film editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Ian Silverstein .... first assistant editor
Greg Thompson .... additional assistant editor
Mike Bellamy .... final colorist (uncredited)
Carole Cowley .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Mike Milliken .... color timer (uncredited)
Location Management
Kim Jordan .... assistant location manager
Keith Potter .... assistant location manager
John Read .... assistant location manager
Mike Riley .... location manager (as Michael Riley)
Barbara Saunders .... location assistant
Kim Davis .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Jill Berliner .... music legal services
T Bone Burnett .... music producer
Carter Burwell .... composer: additional music
Michelle Dixon .... music legal services
Sean Garnhart .... music editor
Alan Larman .... music researcher
Debra MacCulloch .... music legal services
Deborah Mannis-Gardner .... music clearances
Lee Olsen .... music coordinator
Valerie Pack .... music production coordinator
Mike Piersante .... music recordist
Denise Stiff .... executive music producer
Gillian Welch .... associate music producer
Sandy Wilbur .... musicologist
Daniel S. McCoy .... music assistant (uncredited)
Dan Tyminski .... singing voice: George Clooney (uncredited)
Transportation Department
James R. Brown .... transportation co-captain (as James Brown)
Alissa M. Kantrow .... transportation office administrator (as Alissa N. Miller)
Ken Nevin .... transportation co-captain (as Ray Nevin)
Willie D. Partin .... driver
Paul Ripple .... transportation office administrator
Timothy P. Ryan .... transportation captain (as Tim Ryan)
Don Tardino .... transportation coordinator
John Lelko .... transportation (uncredited)
James Nordberg .... driver (uncredited)
Patricia Sammons .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer: Balsmeyer & Everett
Kirk Barton .... craft service assistant
Michael Berry .... construction medic (as Mike Berry)
Robert Bodenheaimer .... craft service assistant (as Robert Bodenheimer)
Amy Minda Cohen .... assistant: Mr. Clooney (as Amy Cohen)
Gerri Lee Crews .... accounting clerk
Matt DiFranco .... assistant production coordinator
Juliette Dow .... assistant: Mr. Bevan and Mr. Fellner, Working Title Films
Jenny Eagan .... production assistant
Pat Enright .... yodeler
Caroline Eselin .... production assistant
Christian Fauntleroy .... production assistant
Benedict Fitzgerald .... translator: "The Odyssey" introductory excerpt ©1980
Reynaldo Garcia .... cook: Tony's Food Service
Stan Garner .... train coordinator
Lauren Gaston .... accounting clerk
Karen Ruth Getchell .... production coordinator
Jennifer Henderson .... animal coordinator
Rachel Holroyd .... business affairs: Working Title Films
Derek Hurd .... craft service assistant
Nicholas Irwin .... second assistant accountant (as Nick Irwin)
Nancy G. James .... craft service (as Nancy James)
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor
Kathy Kelehan .... producer: titles and effects, Balsmeyer & Everett
Ivan Kerum .... cook: Tony's Food Service
Nina Khoshaba .... company coordinator: Working Title Films
Glenn P. Klekowski .... production assistant (as Glenn Klekowski)
Hiro Lam .... cook: Tony's Food Service
Bill Landrum .... choreographer
Jacqui Landrum .... choreographer (as Jacqui)
April Mackin .... head animal trainer
Anand Mahendra .... production assistant
Angela Morrison .... business affairs: Working Title Films
Smriti Mundhra .... production secretary
Katherine O'Carroll .... production assistant
Kevin O'Shea .... insurance services: AON/Albert G. Ruben
Emily Palmer .... production assistant
Taylor Phillips .... production assistant
Scott Pitman .... production assistant
Mitch Ray .... set medic (as Mitchell Ray)
James Davis Riggs .... animal trainer (as James David Biggs)
Denyse Rossi .... payroll accountant
Neda Rudela .... cook (as Neda Kerum)
Dominic Sardo .... assistant: Mr. Bevan and Mr. Fellner, Working Title Films
Paul Schmitz .... production assistant
Alan Schoolcraft .... president of operations: Mike Zoss Productions (as Alan J. Schoolcraft)
Andrew Sears .... assistant accountant: Los Angeles
Andrew Sears .... post-production accountant
David Sousa .... animal trainer
Louise Spencer .... unit publicist (as Louise A. Spencer)
Barbara-Ann Stein .... post-production accountant (as Barbara Ann Stein)
Barbara-Ann Stein .... production accountant (as Barbara Ann Stein)
Neil A. Stelzner .... post-production provost
Lara Thompson .... assistant: Mr. Bevan and Mr. Fellner, Working Title Films
Julian Tomlin .... financial consultant: Working Title Films
Susan Vercelli .... assistant production coordinator
Christopher Vitale .... production assistant (as Chris Vitale)
James P. Warren .... animal trainer (as James Warren)
Chris Wessman .... production assistant
Jerri Whiteman .... first assistant accountant
Josh Yates .... production assistant
George Bott .... assistant to cast (uncredited)
Batou Chandler .... assistant to cast (uncredited)
Charlie French .... medic (uncredited)
Jeff Galpin .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Troy Hartman .... stand-in: Mr. Clooney (uncredited)
Blake McClure .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sean Riley .... production assistant (uncredited)
Andrew Rozario .... crafts service assistant (uncredited)
Kristian Sorensen .... extras coordinator (uncredited)
Jimi Woods .... assistant to cast (uncredited)
Harley Allen .... special thanks: musician
Norman Blake .... special thanks: musician
Mike Compton .... special thanks: musician
Senor Greazer .... thanks (as Señor Greaser)
John Hartford .... special thanks: musician
James Hill .... special thanks: musician
Jennifer Jason Leigh .... thanks
David Rawlings .... special thanks: musician
Joseph Rice .... special thanks: musician
Mohan Sawh .... thanks
Chris Sharp .... special thanks: musician
Dan Tyminski .... special thanks: musician
Jack Warren .... thanks
David Weiss .... special thanks: musician
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Oh, Brother!" - Japan (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for some violence and language
107 min
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Factual errors: The real W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel had no presence in the politics of Mississippi (where, until 1975, incumbent governors were not allowed to run for reelection anyway). He was a Texas flour salesman who became a regional radio personality (as host of broadcasts of Bob Wills and the Light Crust Doughboys), then used that as a platform to launch himself into Texas politics, becoming governor, then Senator. The filmmakers knew this.See more »
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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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122 out of 161 people found the following review useful.
It will grow on you, 25 January 2001
Author: Dan Grant ( from Toronto, Ontario

I have walked out of a Coen movie before and not quite known how to feel. The two best examples of that are The Big Lebowski and Fargo. Lebowski was so ridiculously original and so filled with strange humour that I had to like it. On the other hand, there were some unnecessary reveries with flying people and killer bowling balls that just didn't seem to fit the mold of the film. Still, I liked the film and now own a copy of it. Fargo made me howl with hysterics, sometimes I wasn't sure why I was laughing so hard that it made me cry, but nonetheless I was. There were many seemingly strange characters in Fargo, but upon further investigation, they were really just real people talking about real situations. That is why the man with the shovel ( or was it a broom ) was so side-splittingly funny when he was telling the police officer about some funny looking man down at the bar the other night. And that is also why the theater erupted in laughter when he then says that there are some funny looking clouds coming in. (I own a copy of this film too) The Coen's have a way of masking their film and their characters as being somewhat eccentric and perhaps a little off the wall. But if you look closer at some of those same characters that seem zany, you will always find that in some strange way, they all ring true. That is what is quite exceptional about O Brother Where Art Thou? This is a film that is out there. I mean it is not even in the same ballpark as a traditional film. I reviewed the film Shaft this past summer and in it I said that Shaft was an okay film that I have seen a thousand times before. But you can not say that about a Coen Brother's film and you most certainly can not say that about this one.

This film has everything in it from a jail break, crooked southern politicians, muses, references to what I can only assume are historical figures, riverside baptisms, bank robberies, violence towards animals, singing flocks of religious fanatics, KKK, lynch mobs and so on. There are obviously many references to Homer's Odyssey in here as well, but I wouldn't know that because I have never read Homer's Odyssey or even knew one thing about it. Every other newspaper reviewer seems to know all about it and they think that this cynicism and almost spoof-like quality towards it makes the film that much better. Well coming from a guy who doesn't know anything about it, I can tell you that it is still an entertaining film. There were times when again, as is usual for a Coen film, I wasn't sure why I was entertained or laughing, but I was.

This is a road picture where three men travel along the way to find a hidden treasure that Clooney says he has hidden to his two other cell mates. He has to take them along because they were also chained to him when they had their chance to escape.

I like all the principal actors in the film and many of them are Coen cronies. It was nice to see Goodman again. It was nice to see Hunter and especially Turturro who seems to have a place in every Coen film. It's too bad they didn't find a place for Steve Buscemi but that is a different story all together. But back to Clooney. The man just has charisma. He is a one hell of an actor as well and here he is not quite as zany as the others but even he has his own idiosyncrasies. His work here is quite awesome and I really hope this shows that he is capable of playing any range of character.

Now after heaping all this praise on the film, let me just say this as well. I didn't really enjoy the film at first. I found it to be quite tedious and a little boring. There were too many ideas in here and not enough care went into harnessing them for all what they were worth. But then the film began to grow on me. It took a while but it did grow on me. I don't think this is their best film, but it is still a good one and I am giving it a 8.5. But the reason that I do recommend this film is for one reason only.

Every day you can go look into the paper and look at the films that are playing and say to yourself, seen it, seen it, oh, seen it last year, that is the same as this film and that is the same as that film. Most films have been recycled in some form or another. Not the Coen's films. They have not been recycled and if they have I don't know about it. That is reason enough to see something that they put out. Originality counts for a lot in my books. The Coens are original and they are good. And that is not common in todays cinema. Enjoy them while they are allowed to make films. Because you don't get vision like this in many films, so when you do, enjoy it!

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