O Brother, Where Art Thou? (22-Dec-2000)|
Director: Joel Coen
Writers: Joel Coen; Ethan Coen
From epic poem: The Odyssey by Homer
Keywords: Comedy, Great Depression
Coen Brothers epic follows three escaped Depression-era convicts as they search for treasure in the Deep South.
Intended as a loose, relatively modern retelling of Homer's Odyssey, O Brother, Where Art Thou? tells the offbeat tale of Everett McGill, Delmar O'Donnell, and Pete Hogwallop, three escaped convicts on a hunt for treasure from a bank heist supposedly hidden under Everett's property. Warned by a blind man on a pushcart that "the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find" at the outset of their journey, the well-spoken Everett and company encounter a deliciously outlandish variety of figures as they amble their way through this well-crafted satire, finding trouble with the likes of bank robber Baby Face Nelson, bible salesman Big Dan Teague, and a cast of devious sirens in the course of striving to achieve their original objective.
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