O Brother, Where Art Thou? Movie Review Summary

Actors: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of O Brother, Where Art Thou?

The Coen Brothers direct a film that is a parody of the Oddessy by Homer. George Clooney is a criminal in a chain gang. He dupes the two men chained to him into escaping in order to stop his wife from marrying someone else. The three men encounter many strange situations and meet many eccentric characters. The soundtrack to the movie is old bluegrass and is sung throughout the movie. The three criminals start a singing group called the Soggy Bottom Boys that everyone in the movie cannot get enough of.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Kristy Pastore

Storyline based on Homer's The Odyssey. Excellent film.
The review of this Movie prepared by H.B.

George Clooney is one of three jailbirds who escapes from a chain gang in Depression-era Mississippi. They hide out in the farms and swamps, on their way to recover $1.2 million that Everett (Clooney) stole in an armored car robbery. Only things don't go quite as planned. The law is always on their tails. And they unexpectedly run into Everett's former wife (Hunt), about to marry someone else. The quest turns from getting the money to winning her back. It's really hard to explain the humor of this movie, but it will have you rolling in the aisles.
The review of this Movie prepared by BethG

The crazy Coen brothers' 2000 movie takes its title from Preston Sturges' "Sullivan's Travels" and some basic plot ideas from Homer's Odyssey. In 1930s Mississippi, three convicts escape a chain gang and race to the shack of one who claims to have $1.2 million in loot stowed there, but they have only days before the valley is flooded by a new dam. They have all sorts of adventures along the way -- recording a country bluegrass record with a Robert Johnson stand-in, meeting three gorgeous sirens doing the wash at the river, encountering a one-eyed Bible salesman, crashing a Ku Klux Klan rally. Clooney does a nice Clark Gable turn, a better talker but only marginally smarter than his two dumb buddies, and Turturro and Nelson are terrific. Cameos include John Goodman as the Bible salesman, Holly Hunter as the unhappy-and-about-to-remarry wife Penny (as in "Penelope"), Charles Durning as a cynical politician, and Michael Badalucco as Baby Face Nelson. A hilarious, beautifully shot, and strangely moving film.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Script Analysis of O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   criminals on the run Escape/Rescue?    -   escape/rescue from prison/confinement

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   ignorant small town people Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing    -   Some foul language

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