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O brother, where art thou?

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Movie propaganda

They have a plan, but not a clue.

In the depression-era deep south of the USA, three escapees from a Mississippi prison chain gang: Everett Ulysses McGill (George Clooney), sweet and simple Delmar O'Donnel (Tim Blake Nelson) and the perpetually angry Pete (John Turturro), embark on the adventure of a lifetime as they set out to pursue their freedom and return to their homes. With nothing to lose and still in shackles, they make a hasty run for their lives and end up on an incredible journey filled with challenging experiences and colourful characters. However, they must also match wits with the cunning and mysterious lawman Sheriff Cooley (Daniel von Bergen), who tracks the men, bent on bringing the trio back to the prison farm.

A modern-day spin on Homer's classic tale of The odyssey.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama USA south Mississippi criminal

Persons of interest

  • George Clooney .... Ulysses Everett McGill
  • John Turturro .... Pete
  • Tim Blake Nelson .... Delmar O'Donnell
  • John Goodman .... Big Dan Teague
  • Holly Hunter .... Penny
  • Chris Thomas King .... Tommy Johnson
  • Charles Durning .... Pappy O'Daniel
  • Del Pentecost .... Junior O'Daniel
  • Michael Badalucco .... George Nelson
  • Wayne Duvall .... Homer Stokes
  • Ed Gale .... The Little Man
  • Ray McKinnon .... Vernon T Waldrip
  • Daniel von Bargen .... Sheriff Cooley, The Devil
  • Ethan Coen .... Screenwriter
  • Joel Coen .... Screenwriter
  • Joel Coen .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


When Homer wrote The odyssey he had no idea that Ethan and Joel Coen would come along a few thousand years later and turn it into a comedy of the highest order, starring three versions of his Simpsonian incarnation, no less. They make Homer J Simpson make Forrest Gump look like Rainman. The upside is that you're still rooting for them after the first three minutes; Dumber and dumberest III: The um, you know, whatsit this ain't. Ethan and Joel have crafted an extremely clever screenplay that entwines The odyssey around a collection of as unheroic and non-epic characters you will ever meet. The twists and turns of outrageous (mis-)fortune make Fargo and The big Lebowski look like the Teletubbies.

Not that I have anything against the Teletubbies, they are a wonderfully addictive baby-sitter ("Eh-oh!") but the plots tend to wear thin after the 47th viewing. Mind you, a Noo-Noo would come in handy.

Meanwhile, the collection of unrealistically believable characters created by Homer, Ethan and Joel will move you to simultaneous tears and laughter with the embarrassing pain of recognition following on behind.

Oh, heck, O brother, where art thou? is such a good film that you have to see it. Everyone will be talking about it, the soundtrack is achingly brilliant and you'll still be thinking about it three weeks later.


Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Disc: Single side, dual layer
  • Picture: Widescreen (16:9 enhanced)
  • Languages: English, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, German, Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, Hebrew, Hungarian, Portuguese, Turkish

Security censorship classification

M (Low level violence)

Surveillance time

103 minutes (1:43 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 13 June 2001

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