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O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

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In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

Directors:

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)

Writers:

Homer (epic poem "The Odyssey"), Ethan Coen | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Del Pentecost ... Junior O'Daniel
Michael Badalucco ... George Nelson
J.R. Horne 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)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Almost at the end of the film, just before George Clooney shows Holly Hunter the wedding ring he has retrieved, they walk past a multi-tiered and arched arcade between two buildings that seems an obvious reference to Raphael's famous Vatican fresco "The School of Athens" See more »

Goofs

The candidates campaign for Mississippi governorship for a 1937 election. This is off that state's actual statewide schedule by two years. See more »

Quotes

[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

Title Design and Other Cool Stuff Balsmeyer & Everett, Inc. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.6 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

You Are My Sunshine
(1940)
Written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell
Performed by Alan O'Bryant
Also performed by Charles Durning, George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, Chris Thomas King, and Chorus
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You get it or you don't
23 December 2003 | by culp@execpc.comSee all my reviews

One of the finest pieces of story telling ever to hit celluloid. The performances are so perfect and dead-on, and the nuances so subtle, that this movie defies description. It is no wonder that the reviews you read run the gamut from "piece of junk", to "superb" to just plain confused. This is a must-see movie, and from there you're on your own, you have to decide for yourself. Note, however, that this film follows its own course -- *loosely* based on Ulysses, and with its own symbolism, characters, and themes. To spot them all you will need to watch carefully, think constantly, and, in all likelihood, see the film many times more than once. Not to worry, it improves with each viewing.


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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Brother, Where Art Thou? See more »

Filming Locations:

Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$195,104, 25 December 2000

Gross USA:

$45,512,588

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,868,327
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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