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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

George Clooney , John Turturro , Joel Coen , Roger Deakins    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (508 customer reviews)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Coen Comedy! May 7 2004
Format:VHS Tape
While my favorite Coen brothers' film is "Miller's Crossing," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" is my favorite comedy by these two mavericks.
Loosely based on Homer's "The Odyssey," earning an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay even though the Coens' admitted to reading only the Cliff Notes, "O Brother" is the Coens' tribute to American bluegrass music. For some reason, this movie was shamefully snubbed at the Oscars, but George Clooney earned his Golden Globe award for best actor.
Clooney plays the fast-talking Clark Gable wannabe, Ulysses Everett MacGill. Unfortunately for Ulysses, his mouth runs about five steps ahead of his brain, and his delight in the clever, hyper-articulate use of the English language cannot mask his delightful naivete. In a performance of sly self-mockery (can you think of another major film star who would so earnestly ask for a hair net to sleep in or speak movingly about being a "Dapper Dan Man"?), Clooney steals one heck of a show.
Ulysses escapes from a chain gang in Depression-era Mississippi with his sidekicks, the hot-blooded Pete (John Turturro) and easy-going Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson). Allegedly going to find some treasure before a river gets dammed, sinking the treasure beneath a deep lake, this trio begins a bizarre journey across the Deep South.
Along the way they meet guitarist Tommy Johnson, who followed an American musical legend by selling his soul to the devil at a crossroads in exchange for the ability to play the guitar, Big Jim Teague (the Cyclops), three Sirens, a blind seer, Baby Face Nelson, a spelling-challenged rifle-toting youngster, and Governor Pappy O'Daniel (conveniently relocated from Texas to Mississippi).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Odyssey never looked better Nov. 19 2013
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A nice adaptation of Homer's Odyssey using great symbolism and story telling to show redeption, no matter how achieved. Funny and creative with a great soundtrack!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars O Brother, It's Good June 9 2004
Joel and Ethan Coen seem incapable of making a film that isn't at least interesting, and often their movies are absolutely delightful. I think everyone has their favorites (mine are "Fargo" and "Raising Arizona"), but this film touched a few cultural nerves that are infrequently accessed.
For one thing, the soundtrack features a brilliant collection of grass-roots and Americana music - acoustic blues and jazz and bluegrass. Alison Krauss, already a novelty around Nashville as a platinum-selling bluegrass artist, received a thunderbolt of a boost to her career by supplying several tunes and vocal parts to the soundtrack (for example singing the Heavenly "Down to the River to Pray" during the baptism scene and the seductive voice of one of the sirens later on). Dan Tyminski, one of the musicians from Alison's band, Union Station, supplies the singing voice of George Clooney and Dan Tyminski's "Man of Constant Sorrow" became even MORE of a novelty around Nashville as it won one Country Music Award after another without the benefit of any significant radio play.
The script is VERY loosely based on Homer's Odyssey and knowing that allows the moderately educated a few hearty chuckles recognizing, for example, that John Goodman's Eye-Patched Bible Salesman represents the Cyclops.
George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson deliver the Coen's rib-tickling dialogue with gusto. I don't know why it's so entertaining to watch characters who are clueless, or at least more clueless than they think they are, but to see three bravura performances as chain-gang refugee dunces is a treat here.
In a typical early sequence our trio has just made their break from the chain-gang and Clooney's Everett begins taking charge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever June 21 2014
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Originally I just saw bits and pieces of this movie and it never really interested me. I also had a hard time watching George clooney supposedly sing when it obviously wasn't his voice. One day I just sat down and watched it from start to finish with family and now my opinion has changed. This is one of my all time favorite movies. I could probably watch it every day and still laugh at te funny parts. My daughter loves it too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK movie. May 30 2014
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You might like this movie if you are a George Clooney fan but I am not. This movie wasn't that great to watch.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok Feb. 14 2014
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Disk had scratches on it. Played the movie and it would lock up due to the scratches on the disk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny stuff Jan. 18 2014
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This movie is freshly funny. An absolute joy to watch over and over with friends and family (especially if you enjoy old-style, Bugs Bunny cartoon humour!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...Great acting Jan. 10 2014
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George Clooney is as always absolutely king of his character and craft...so much fun with the three main characters that you forget there is a plot....fun to watch and great music too
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