O Brother, Where Art Thou?

2000, Comedy/Drama, 1h 46m

154 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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Though not as good as Coen brothers' classics such as Blood Simple, the delightfully loopy O Brother, Where Art Thou? is still a lot of fun. Read critic reviews

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Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) is having difficulty adjusting to his hard-labor sentence in Mississippi. He scams his way off the chain gang with simple Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) and maladjusted Pete (John Turturro), then the trio sets out to pursue freedom and the promise of a fortune in buried treasure. With nothing to lose and still in shackles, their hasty run takes them on an incredible journey of awesome experiences and colorful characters.

Cast & Crew

George Clooney
Everett Ulysses McGill
John Turturro
Pete Hogwallop
Tim Blake Nelson
Delmar O'Donnel
John Goodman
Big Dan Teague
Charles Durning
Governor Pappy O'Daniel
Del Pentecost
Junior O'Daniel
Michael Badalucco
George "Babyface" Nelson
J.R. Horne
Pappy's Staff
Brian Reddy
Pappy's Staff
Wayne Duvall
Homer Stokes
Ed Gale
Little Man
Ray McKinnon
Vernon T. Waldrip
Daniel von Bargen
Sheriff Cooley
Royce D. Applegate
Man with Bullhorn
Frank Collison
Wash Hogwallop
Quinn Gasaway
Boy Hogwallop
Lee Weaver
Blind Seer
Joel Coen
Director
Tim Bevan
Executive Producer
John Cameron
Co-Producer
Eric Fellner
Executive Producer
Robert Graf
Associate Producer
T Bone Burnett
Original Music
Carter Burwell
Additional Music
Chris Thomas King
Original Songs
Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
Ethan Coen
Film Editor
Joel Coen
Film Editor
Tricia Cooke
Film Editor
Dennis Gassner
Production Designer
Nancy Haigh
Set Decoration
Mary Zophres
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Audience Reviews for O Brother, Where Art Thou?

  • May 16, 2017
    Quirky Coen Brothers film with a phenomenal soundtrack. I dug it. Rating: 72
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2016
    Three convicts escape from their chains and head off to find 1.2 million in cash waiting for them. Along the way hilarious situations arise. A thoroughly entertaining and funny adventure by the Coen brothers.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2014
    While it isn't the best Cohen brothers movie out there, O Brother still offers up plenty of chuckles with excellent acting and dialogue to keep it enjoyable in one of the most deplorable times in history. The three leads are fun to watch scamper around the country on the loose from their chain gang. Some of their adventures dabble in the absurd while others are pretty cooky, but overall, it comes full circle to a story about friendship and resolution more so than what it starts out being in a search for treasure.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2014
    Typically meandering and enigmatic, O Brother is not quite as great as the Depression it takes place during, but it still displays the Coen brothers eye for historical detail and dry humor and includes some beautiful music and cinematography.
    Sam B Super Reviewer

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