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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

  • Comedy
  • 2000
  • Joel Coen
  • 102 mins
  • 12

Summary

Comedy written and directed by the Coen brothers, starring George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson. Mississippi during the Depression: three convicts escape from a chain gang with the intention of recovering over a million dollars in buried loot. Along the way they get seduced by three mysterious women, fall foul of the Ku Klux Klan and find the time to record a hit record.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

"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.

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Credits

Cast

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Ulysses Everett McGillGeorge Clooney
PeteJohn Turturro
DelmarTim Blake Nelson
Pappy O'DanielCharles Durning
Big Dan TeagueJohn Goodman
George NelsonMichael Badalucco
PennyHolly Hunter
Tommy JohnsonChris Thomas King
Homer StokesWayne Duvall

Crew

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DirectorJoel Coen

Details

Theatrical distributor
Momentum Pictures
Released on
2000-09-15
Guidance
Contains violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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