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Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

107' - 2000 - Crime, Comedy, Adventure - Dialogue: English
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Composer: T Bone Burnett With: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson
The writing, directing, and producing team of Joel and Ethan Coen return with this picaresque comedy set in the Deep South during the Depression. Suave and fancy-talking Everett Ulysses McGill, dim-witted Delmar, and easily-excitable Pete are serving time together on a prison chain gang. Everett knows where $1.2 million is hidden that's theirs for the taking, and the three manage to escape; however, a stranger soon warns them that they'll find treasure, but not the sort they're looking for. As Everett and his partners hit the road, they happen upon a gluttonous man of God, Big Dan Teague; meet up with Baby Face Nelson as he robs a bank; encounter three Sirens doing their washing; run into Pete's estranged wife Penny; find themselves in the middle of a heated campaign between political boss Pappy O'Daniel, a reformist candidate; and even find time to make a hit record. Incidentally, the title ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ is a reference to the classic Preston Sturges comedy Sullivan's Travels, in which a director plans to make a serious ‘message picture’ with that name. (Mark Deming)

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Credits

Director

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Composer

T Bone Burnett

With

George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson

Scenario

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Homer

Director of Photography

Roger Deakins

Editor

Tricia Cooke, Roderick Jaynes

Producer

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

More information

Dialogue

English

Countries of production

United Kingdom, France

Screenplay based on

"The Odyssey" (Homer)

Year

2000

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