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O Brother, Where Art Thou? Details

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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 Preston Sturges, in which a director plans to make a serious "message picture" with that name. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 13, 2000

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Monica Howe Best Costume Design 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Joel Coen Best Original Screenplay 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joel Coen Best Adapted Screenplay 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Roger Deakins Best Cinematography 2000 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers Roger Deakins Best Cinematography 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roger Deakins Best Cinematography 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ethan Coen Best Original Screenplay 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ethan Coen Best Adapted Screenplay 2000 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association George Clooney Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2000 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts T-Bone Burnett Best Music 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Carter Burwell Best Music 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Dennis Gassner Best Production Design 2000 Nominee

Cast

George Clooney
as Ulysses Everett McGill
John Turturro
as Pete
Tim Blake Nelson
as Delmar
Charles Durning
as Pappy O'Daniel
John Goodman
as Big Dan Teague
Michael Badalucco
as George Nelson
Holly Hunter
as Penny
Stephen Root
as Radio Station Man
Chris Thomas King
as Tommy Johnson
Wayne Duvall
as Homer Stokes
Daniel Von Bargen
as Sheriff Cooley
J.R. Horne
as Pappy's Staff
Brian Reddy
as Pappy's Staff
Frank Collison
as Wash Hogwallop
Ray McKinnon
as Vernon T. Waldrip
Del Pentecost
as Junior O'Daniel
Musetta Vander
as Siren

Crew

Joel Coen
Director
Ethan Coen
Producer
Ethan Coen
Screenwriter
Joel Coen
Screenwriter
Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
T-Bone Burnett
Composer (Music Score)
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Roderick Jaynes
Editor
Dennis Gassner
Production Designer
Robert Graf
Associate Producer
Eric Fellner
Executive Producer
Tim Bevan
Executive Producer
Nancy Haigh
Set Designer
Thomas Minton
Set Designer
Mary Zophres
Costume Designer
Peter Kurland
Sound/Sound Designer
Eugene Gearty
Sound/Sound Designer
Betsy Magruder
First Assistant Director
Ellen Chenoweth
Casting
Skip Lievsay
Sound Editor
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