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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
United States, United Kingdom, 2000
Comedy, Crime, Music


An inventive adaptation of Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, set during the depression in Mississippi. Three convicts escape their chain-gang and embark on a quest for treasure and freedom. Along the way, they meet many colourful Southern characters, and of course learn where their real fortune lies.

Our take

Two years after their cult classic The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers hit the big screen with this black-blooded recreation of Depression-era Mississippi. A combination of musical, comedy and fantasy, it confirmed the filmmaking duo as one of the most inventive forces in American indie cinema.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2001 | 2 nominations including: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published



From moment to moment, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” is a pleasure. But when the Coens are really cooking, when the acting and the conception and the music all come together, it’s something more — Dogpatch rapture.
December 22, 2000
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Had the Coens attempted any kind of verisimilitude in their depiction of the Depression-era South, O Brother would have been as authentic and meaningful as Barton Fink’s crying fishmongers. Instead, they’ve crafted something far richer and more entertaining: a loving homage to ’30s Americana assembled from popular icons and artifacts, and told with the intoxicating energy of a Warner Brothers cartoon.
December 22, 2000
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It was always clear that the Coens were film-fed boys, but less clear how reverent they felt to their pop-cultural roots. Maybe, like Ulysses or Odysseus, they’ve finally come home to Ithaca. In any event, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a finely wrought entertainment film, one which any con might be pleased to see on his afternoon away from the chain gang.
September 14, 2000
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