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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)

Writers:

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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Details

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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The prisoner's musical chant from the beginning of the movie (and soundtrack) was actually an old recording of a chain-gang. See more »

Goofs

While Everett eats some stolen pie, he throws his newspaper into the fire. As the first page of the newspaper burns away to reveal the second page, a piece of masking tape is visible attached to the left side of the second page. The tape holds the second page flat enough that it doesn't burn or curl quickly, so that movie viewers can read the second-page headline, "Soggy Bottom Boys A Sensation - But Who Are They?" 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

The credit for Alan J. Schoolcraft, the president of operations for Mike Zoss Productions, is all in Spanish: "El Encargado de Mike Zoss Productions" See more »

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Soundtracks

Down to the River to Pray
Traditional
Performed by Alison Krauss
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User Reviews

 
A great sound, a great look, and a great story.
13 February 2001 | by sickdogg88See all my reviews

I was into the movie right away. I've seen the other Coen movies, with the exception of Raising Arizona, and I've noticed that each of their movies has a color. Fargo is gray/white, Lebowski is bright orange, and this movie is a pleasant yellow.

The bright pleasant qualities of this movie start right away. Soon the look is accompanied by the great, great music. It's the old folk sound, the kind of music that was written during a time when music was enjoyed as a part of day to day life. Enjoyed by everyone, chain-gangs, church choirs, and even prison escapees.

Now, about the prison escapees. I don't know what crime their characters could have possibly committed, as they are a very very friendly group of guys. Clooney is fantastic, completely nailing his role.

Go see this as soon as possible. I believe that it can be enjoyed by anyone at some level. For some reason, the theater I was in was full of old ladies and old men, and they loved it.

You'll love it too, I promise. I was compelled to get my hands on the soundtrack right away.


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