O Brother, Where Art Thou?

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Joel Coen (2000)

12 Certificate


Our Score
"Based upon Homer's Odyssey" runs the opening title, which - as well as setting the tongue-in-cheek tone of this Coen brothers' comedy - also happens to contain more than an element of truth. The eighth collaborative effort produced and directed by Ethan and Joel Coen concerns the attempts of escaped convict Ulysses Everett McGill (a nicely self-mocking George Clooney) to get back to his wife Penny (Holly Hunter in a cameo appearance), and the picaresque adventures he has on the way. The title derives from the 1941 satirical comedy Sullivan's Travels by Preston Sturges, whose humorous spirit hangs over this episodic tale. The movie also contrives to encapsulate every con-on-the-run picture one has ever seen, as well as southern period crime dramas. Yet again, the Coens' cinematic alchemy has worked a treat.


Three bumbling crooks escape from a chain gang and strive to get their hands on some hidden loot, but encounter all manner of scrapes and strange characters along the way. The Coen brothers' comedy inspired by Homer's Odyssey, starring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman and Holly Hunter.

Cast & Crew

Ulysses Everett McGill George Clooney
Pete John Turturro
Delmar Tim Blake Nelson
Pappy O'Daniel Charles Durning
Big Dan Teague John Goodman
George Nelson Michael Badalucco
Penny Holly Hunter
Tommy Johnson Chris Thomas King
Homer Stokes Wayne Duvall
Director Joel Coen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 15 Sep 2000