O Brother, Where Art Thou?


(out of 5)

Set in the rural American south of the thirties, but still retaining the main events from Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey upon which it is based, the Coen Brothers use authentic bluegrass music and Roger Deakins’ golden-hued photography to tell the story of three convicts who escape jail and are on a cross-country journey to get home. The group leader, Ulysses (a brilliant turn by ) wants to get back to his wife Penelope ().  The other two members of the team (John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson) are looking for their futures. In between, Ulysses battles an evil one-eyed con-artist (the Cyclops, played by John Goodman), deals with three mysterious women (the Sirens) washing their clothing by the river and singing a beautiful lullaby, and gets baptized by a church group going to the river (the Lotus Eaters) and never once misses out on the opportunity to prove that he’s “BonAFide!” Hilarious and exciting, ripe with great performances and just the right amount of quirky direction you expect from this brilliant team.

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Directed by 

Screenplay by , Joel Coen, based on the epic poem The Odyssey by 

Cinematography by

Produced by Ethan Coen

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by 

Film Editing by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen,

Film Festivals:  Cannes 2000

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Academy Award Nominations
Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins)
Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published) (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)

Golden Globe Award
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (George Clooney)

Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Screenplay – Original
Best Cinematography
Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

European Film Award Nomination
Screen International Award

Chicago Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Cinematography
Best Original Score



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