O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Book - 2001
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey", this is the story of three convicts-- escapees from a prison farm in Mississippi-- and their adventure as they travel home in hopes of recovering buried loot before it's lost forever in a flood.

Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Touchstone Home Video :, Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment,, [2001]
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9780788826887
Branch Call Number: 7.914 O
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 18, 2014
  • 22950011069879 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Break out your best Bourbon or Southern Comfort. Sit down and enjoy this fine satire oozing with black humour. George Clooney enjoys these Indy films and his performance shows it. Everyone is on par with George. By the end of the film, you will speak with a charming Southern Drawl with an air of Bourbon.

Aug 23, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not the Coens' best movie, but maybe their most likable and exuberant.

Jul 16, 2014
  • UnbiddenLove rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I sang "Down to the River & Pray" at 4th Presb. Chicago...and I'm a fan ever since of sound & Sight of this!

Apr 04, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed the story, the music, the humor and the comments from viewers as well. Watched this after a few years had lapsed and still LOL!

Dec 18, 2013
  • alpaca85 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is indeed one of the oddest films I have seen in a long time. Perhaps odd is not the right word, I have seen plenty of weird movies, maybe quirky would be a better name. It stars George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson as a trio of chain gang convicts who break out to go find a “treasure” that Clooney buried before being arrested. Along the way they meet prophetic blind railway men, a guitarist who sold his soul to the devil, dueling politicians, bipolar bank robbers, water sirens, toads, bible salesmen, and even become musicians at one point. They have adventures and romances along the way, while still having time to apply hair gel and wear hair nets.
If that doesn’t sound like either a quirky success or a terrible failure, then I don’t know what is. In a film filled with such interesting concepts and tonally jarring plots, it would take a genius filmmaker to pull it all off. Fortunately, The Coen Brothers are at the helm here, and this story is in safe hands. You see, I could go on for pages about how absurdly brilliant the Coen Brothers are, this film being no exception. In their films, they can go from absurd comedy (like Raising Arizona) to dead serious dramas (like No Country For Old Men), and pull off both genres with ease.
Here, they are at their wackiest in a while. From a spin inducing plot, they weave a tale of deceit, absurdity and friendship, in the most entertaining way possible. Not to say that other aspects are not fantastic either, the acting is fantastic as well. George Clooney is devilishly charming as a dim witted, yet verbally sharp, chain gang inmate. His love for hair gel and his wife are only balanced out by his off-kilter personality and verbose idiosyncrasy. Clooney doesn’t get too smug in the role, and plays off fantastically with the rest of the cast, and is great in the role.
As the more short tempered of convicts, John Turturro is too great in his role, though no stranger to the Coen Brothers. He is more comedic here than in some of his other roles, and yet manages to make his characters earnestness ultimately endearing. Finally, there is Tim Blake Nelson, the most dim witted and earnest of the bunch. He is incredibly naïve, and also very funny, as his character’s wide eyed view of the world produces more than a few laughs (at one point he believes a character was turned into a toad by some water gypsies). Rounding out the cast, John Goodman, Charles Durning and Holly Hunter are excellent in their roles.
Elsewhere, the cinematography is excellent. The always reliable Roger Deakins produces some stunning sun dappled cinematography, wonderfully balancing out the humour with some lovely images. However, another great star in this film is the music. A song that Clooney and the convicts play to make some money, called Man of Constant Sorrow, is very catchy and serves as the centrepiece of the film later on. I don’t normally enjoy bluegrass music, but it is excellent here, and really works to the films betterment.
Overall, this is not the best film by the Coen Brothers, but if you ever find yourself searching for a fun way to spend two hours, look no further than O Brother, Where Art Thou? You won’t regret it.

Aug 12, 2013
  • AGuyInAHat rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A truly creative and inspired retelling of Homer's "The Odyssey". George Clooney's twangy southern drawl makes for a truly charismatic and interesting character in Ulysses Everett McGill and great supporting performances by John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Holly Hunter and many more, the Coens have given us another cast of well-developed and unforgettable characters and a great story wroth watching.

Jul 05, 2013
  • crisathome rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant movie with a fantastic and catchy soundtrack. The sepia look to the film is unique and gives it an otherworldly quality. Clooney is charming, always looking for his favorite hair cream, always concerned with his hair, to an obsessive degree. It is a modern take on ancient Greek myth, set in the depression era south. John Goodman as the evil bible salesman is frightening much like today's ultra conservative Christians scare the crap out of me but I digress. A must see for any movie fan or George Clooney fan, you won't be disappointed.

Jun 23, 2012
  • mjayh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After seeing this I went out and bought it to share. The best Coen Brothers' offering. It's funny, has depth, some lovely images, great music. Wonderful entertainment.

May 17, 2012
  • darcerama rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In my eyes, the Coen Brothers can do no wrong. I loved this movie unequivocally. It is truly and Odyssey..

Mar 29, 2012
  • lovinglife404 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

this movie was... ehhh okay. kind of boring. the only thing that kept me watching was George Clooney's amazing acting!!!!

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Apr 04, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

On obsession of men:
General Store Clerk: I can get the part from Bristol. It'll take two weeks. Here's your pomade.
Everett: Two weeks? That don't do me no good.
Clerk: Nearest Ford auto man's Bristol.
Everett: Hold on, now. I don't want this pomade. I want Dapper Dan.---
Clerk: I don't carry Dapper Dan. I carry Fop.---
Everett: Well, I don't want Fop, xyzxyz. I'm a Dapper Dan man.---
Clerk: You watch your language, young fella. This is a public market. If you want Dapper Dan, I can order it for you, have it in about two weeks.---
Everett: Well ain't this place a geographical oddity! Two weeks from everywhere! Forget it! [slams money on the counter] I'll have a dozen hair nets. ---

May 17, 2012
  • darcerama rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"We thought you was a toad!"-Delmar

Apr 19, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Pappy O'Daniel: Shake a leg Junior! Thank God your mammy died givin' birth. If she'd have seen you, she'd have died o' shame.

Apr 19, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Pete: I've always wondered, what's the devil look like?
Ulysses Everett McGill: Well, there are all manner of lesser imps and demons, Pete, but the great Satan hisself is red and scaly with a bifurcated tail, and he carries a hay fork.
Tommy Johnson: Oh, no. No, sir. He's white, as white as you folks, with empty eyes and a big hollow voice. He likes to travel around with a mean old hound. That's right.


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Apr 19, 2011
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Apr 19, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Apr 19, 2011
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Apr 19, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Loosely based on Homer's 'Odyssey' the movie deals with the grotesque adventures of Everett Ulysses McGill and his companions Delmar and Pete in 1930s Mississippi. Sprung from a chain gang and trying to reach Everetts 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 'Babyface' Nelson (very annoyed by that nickname), a campaigning Governor, 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."

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