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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.

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Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)

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Homer (epic poem "The Odyssey"), Ethan Coen | 1 more credit »
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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 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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They have a plan, but not a clue. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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:

£564,064 (United Kingdom), 17 September 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$195,104, 25 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$45,512,588

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$75,769,783
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Goofs

Some viewers have noted that Ulysses is said to have seven daughters, but in the final scene only six daughters are seen crossing the railroad tracks. However, while the seventh daughter may not be present this is not a genuine goof: any number of possible explanations could be offered for the character's absence in this scene. 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 »

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Referenced in The Conners: O Sister, Where Art Thou? (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby
Arranged by Alan Lomax, Mrs. Sidney Carter, Gillian Welch, and T Bone Burnett
Additional Lyrics by Gillian Welch and T Bone Burnett
Performed by Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Gillian Welch
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A Serious Comedy with wonderful characters
28 February 2001 | by chucho_wigSee 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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