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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

7.71 h 47 min2001X-Ray12
Disenchanted with the daily drudge of crushing rocks on a prison farm in Mississippi, thedapper, silver-tongued Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney, The Perfect Storm) busts loose. Except he’s still shackled to his two chain-mates from the chain gang – bad-tempered Pete ) John Turturro, Summer of Sam) and sweet, dimwitted Delmar (Tim Blake Nelsen, Hamlet).
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Supporting actors
John GoodmanHolly HunterChris Thomas KingCharles DurningDel Pentecost
Ethan Coen
Universal Pictures
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Alcohol usesmokingfoul languageviolence
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4.7 out of 5 stars

8370 global ratings

  1. 83% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 11% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
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A J LamkowskiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
O Brother Where Art Thou?
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Second hand copy in perfect condition. Arrived very promptly and well packaged.

Some nice, light touches and references to Homer's Odyssey. Music's good too. Excellent cast get the best out of this Coen Brothers comedy. I was surprised that it tails away to a Hollywood style but well worth a watch or three.
2 people found this helpful
flamfactsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 January 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Delightful romp through early 20th century America.
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This is a hugely enjoyable, funny and witty film with very entertaining characters throughout. Clooney plays well as the lovable rogue surrounded by very effective support actors who take a kind of road trip to escape from a prison farm, encountering all sorts of situations en-route, most of them humorous but revealing the human need for love, and belonging, even if belonging means joining organisations such as the KKK. The music is an unexpected bonus for the first time viewer and provides an ambience that stays with the viewer long after. We are all different and it will not suit everyone but I am sure the majority will feel that it is time well spent and will remember it fondly for years to come.
10 people found this helpful
LivfossReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 June 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant quirky comedy with incredibly good music
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It's hard to think of anything wrong with this comedy, said to be based on The Odyssey - brilliant script, cracking cast, fantastic music, chock full of quirkiness in an imagined (rather than realistic) depression-era Deep South. For me, sometimes the Coen brothers stuff has too casual an attitude to violence, but not here (well, there is a little violence and quite a lot of jeopardy, but I can live with that). Really I concur with most other reviewers. An outstanding film.
4 people found this helpful
TopCatReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Like all blu-rays when compared to watching the DVD version or an old video one watching this film is a clearer, more detailed experience and in many cases it's like looking at the film for the first time as the film stock used to transfer to Blu-Ray is usually "worked on" first to get as good a copy as possible.
My taste in films may not be the same as yours so if you want to know about this film I suggest that you use the internet to find 2 or 3 reviews by experienced film reviewers and make your judgment whether to buy this film or not.
I have watched approx 600 films in my life and have a collection of over 200 Blu-Ray's and I rate this one 8/10.
6 people found this helpful
C. L. PodberyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 September 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
O Brother, Where Art Thou? [2000] [DVD]
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This is a brilliant fast paced comedy. It is set in America during the Great Depression, late 1930's, and follows a trio of escaped criminals seeking buried treasure and their fortune. The three encounter many mishaps on their way, each being a separate scene. There is prejudice in many forms and most are covered on their journey in the deep south. Many difficult facts about this time and the prejudices that came along with them are covered in a light hearted and even funny way. All well that ends well in this film; that includes wonderful folk/country music and George Clooney wearing a hairnet you couldn't ask for more. Also a good introduction to America at this time for any secondary school age student.
4 people found this helpful
M. BrookesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 July 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Perfect Film
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This is an amazing film in every respect, in fact it's one of my favourite film of all time. Loosely based on Homer's Oddessy epic it tells the the story of three escaped convicts trying to find some buried treasure during the depression.

For me it's probably the perfect film. The story is brilliant with plenty of humour. The soundtrack is sublime, worth owning in it's own right. It's almost a musical and a great one, with every song a pleasure.

The acting is spot on and adds a lot to the humour of the film. It helps that the film is populated with some wonderful characters like the cyclops and the sirens.

Quite simply an awesome film.
2 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 July 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Coen films unmissable
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Brilliant film, Another Coen masterpiece, who could want more, comedy music, drama, all rolled into one...
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AngelReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 March 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious Coen brothers movie
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Hilarious movie. Coen brothers at their best.
Gorgeous George Clooney is great as a vain prison escapee on the run to try to get his family back. There are of course some dark moments as in most Coen brothers films. Good soundtrack too.
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