DVD 106 mins IMDB 7.8 (45,741 votes)
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Buena Vista (2000)
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(2001 )
Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music
UK  /  English

George Clooney Everett Ulysses McGill
John Turturro Pete
Tim Blake Nelson Delmar
Charles Durning Pappy O'Daniel
John Goodman Big Dan Teague
Michael Badalucco George Nelson
Holly Hunter Penny
Stephen Root Radio Station Man
Chris Thomas King Tommy Johnson
Wayne Duvall Homer Stokes
Del Pentecost Junior O'Daniel
J.R. Horne Pappy's Staff
Brian Reddy Pappy's Staff
Ed Gale The Little Man
Ray McKinnon Vernon T. Waldrip
Daniel von Bargen Sheriff Cooley/The Devil (as Daniel Von Bargen)

Director Joel Coen; Ethan Coen
Producer Ethan Coen
Writer Homer; Ethan Coen; Joel Coen
Cinematography Roger Deakins
Musician T-Bone Burnett
User Credit 1 Ethan Coen; Joel Coen; Tricia Cooke
User Credit 2 Mary Zophres

The writing, directing, and producing team of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen created this picaresque comedy (inspired in part by Homer's The Odyssey) set in the Deep South during the Depression. Suave and fancy-talking Everett Ulysses McGill (George Clooney), dim-witted Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson), and easily-excitable Pete (John Turturro) 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 bible salesman, Big Dan Teague (John Goodman); meet up with Baby Face Nelson (Michael Badalucco) as he robs a bank; encounter three Sirens doing their washing; run into Everett's estranged wife Penny (Holly Hunter), who has told everyone her husband was killed in a train wreck; find themselves in the middle of a heated campaign between political boss Pappy O'Daniel (Charles Durning), and reformist candidate Homer Stokes (Wayne Duvall); and even find time to make a hit record as The Soggy Bottom Boys. Noted songwriter T-Bone Burnett helped compile the songs (combining vintage country blues tunes with originals in the same style), while Carter Burwell composed the background score. 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

Edition Details
Barcode 786936144758
Region Region 1
Chapters 24
Release Date 9/1/2003
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Exclusive Behing-The-Scenes Featurette
"Painting With Pixels," The Groundbreaking Digital Post-Production Process
Script To Storyboard To Final Scene Comparisons
"I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" Music Video
Animated Menus
Theatrical Trailer
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Some violence and language.
User Text 2 They have a plan, but not a clue.
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Trivia: The title is taken from the title of the film the director wants to make in Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels (1941). (more)

Goofs: Anachronisms: During the picnic with Big Dan, the guys are drinking Budweiser, but the labels are clearly from a modern Budweiser bottle. (more)

Quotes: Big Dan Teague: You don't say much my friend, but when you do it's to the point, and I salute you for it. (more)

Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 28 nominations (more)