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Story

Only Joel and Ethan Coen, the fraternal director and producer team behind art-house hits such as The Big Lebowski and Fargo and masters of quirky and ultra-stylish genre subversion, would dare nick the plot line of Homer's Odyssey for a comic picaresque saga about three cons on the run in 1930s Mississippi. Our wandering hero in this case is one Ulysses Everett McGill, a slick-tongued wise guy with a thing about hair pomade (George Clooney, blithely sending up his own dapper image) who talks his chain-gang buddies (Coen-movie regular John Turturro and newcomer Tim Blake Nelson) into lighting out after some buried loot he claims to know of. En route they come up against a prophetic blind man on a railroad truck, a burly, one-eyed baddie (the ever-magnificent John Goodman), a trio of sexy singing ladies, a blues guitarist who's sold his soul to the devil, a brace of crooked politicos on the stump, a manic-depressive bank robber, and--well, you get the idea. Into this, their most relaxed film yet, the Coens have tossed a beguiling ragbag of inconsequential situations, a wealth of looping, left-field dialogue, and a whole stash of gags both verbal and visual. O Brother (the title's lifted from Preston Sturges's classic 1941 comedy Sullivan's Travels) is furthermore graced with glowing, burnished photography from Roger Deakins and a masterly soundtrack from T-Bone Burnett that pays loving homage to American '30s folk styles--blues, gospel, bluegrass, jazz, and more. And just to prove that the brothers haven't lost their knack for bad-taste humor, we get a Ku Klux Klan rally choreographed like a cross between a Nuremberg rally and a Busby Berkeley musical. --Philip Kemp

DVD Features

DVD Features:
-Exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette
-"Painting with Pixels," the groundbreaking digital post-production process
-Soggy Bottom Boys "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" music video
-Script to storyboard to final scene comparisons (multi-angle feature)
-Widescreen anamorphic format

Cast

George ClooneyEverett
John TurturroPete
Tim Blake NelsonDelman
John GoodmanBig Dan Teague
Holly HunterPenny
Chris Thomas KingTommy Johnson
Charles DurningPappy O'Daniel
Del PentecostJunior O'Daniel
Michael BadaluccoGeorge Nelso
J.R. HornePappy's Staff
Brian ReddyPappy's Staff
Wayne DuvallHomer Stokes
Ed GaleThe Little Man
Ray McKinnonVernon T. Waldrip
Daniel von BargenSheriff Cooley (as Daniel Von Bargen)
Royce D. ApplegateMan with Bullhorn
Frank CollisionWash Hogwallop
Quinn GasawayBoy Hogwallop
Lee WeaverBlind Seer
Milford FortenberryPomade Vendor (as Milford Fortenberry)
Stephen RootRadio Station Man
John LockeMr. French
Gillian WelchSoggy Bottom Customer
A. Ray RatliffRecord Store Clerk
Mia TateSiren
Musetta VanderSiren
Christy TaylorSiren
April HardcastleWaitress
Michael W. FinnellInterrogator
Georgie Rae RainerWharvey Gal
Marianna BrelandWharvey Gal
Lindsey MillerWharvey Gal
Natalie SheddWharvey Gal
John McConnellWoolworths Manager
Issac FreemanGravedigger
Wilson Waters Jr.Gravedigger
Robert HamletGravedigger
Willard CoxCox Family
Evelyn CoxCox Family
Suzanne CoxCox Family
Sidney CoxCox Family
Buck WhiteThe Whites
Sharon WhiteThe Whites
Cheryl WhiteThe Whites
Ed SnodderlyVillage Idiot
David HoltVillage Idiot
Billy W. BlackwellRally and Banquet Patron (uncredited)
Ron BlockBanjo Player (uncredited)
Dan BraunKlansman (uncredited)
Jerry DouglasDorbro Player (uncredited)
Christopher FrancisKKK Member (uncredited)
Geoffrey GouldHead of Mob (uncredited)
Emily D. HaleyParty People (uncredited)
Nathaniel Lee Jr.Ice Boy on the Right with Straw Hat (uncredited)
Mark MunsonKKK Member (uncredited)
Andy SimsRally Patron (uncredited)
Shayne TingleRail Man (uncredited)
Dan TyminskiMandolin Player on Stage at the Stokes Fundraiser (uncredited)
Leon WallsGuitar Player (uncredited)

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Joel Coen
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 106 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 22, 2000
    EuropeSep 15, 2000
    JapanOct 20, 2001
    AustraliaDec 26, 2000
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaSep 13, 2011
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 12, 2001
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