BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?
loosely based on the Odyssey. One of the fun things is noticing
the connections. Religion permeates the film. That makes sense since
the gods are so central to the Odyssey.
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WHERE ART THOU!
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by Joel Coen
Writing credits: Homer (poem The Odyssey) Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Clooney .... Everett Ulysses McGill
John Turturro .... Pete Tim
Blake Nelson .... Delmar
Charles Durning .... Pappy O'Daniel
John Goodman .... Big Dan Teague
Michael Badalucco .... George Nelson
Holly Hunter .... Penny
Stephen Root .... Radio Station Man
Chris Thomas King .... Tommy Johnson
Wayne Duvall .... Homer Stokes
Daniel von Bargen .... Sheriff Cooley
J.R. Horne .... Pappy's Staff
Brian Reddy .... Pappy's Staff
Frank Collison .... Wash Hogwallop
Ray McKinnon .... Vernon T. Waldrip
Del Pentecost .... Junior O'Daniel
by Tim Bevan (executive), John Cameron (co-producer), Ethan Coen
Eric Fellner (executive), Robert Graf (associate)
Original music by T-Bone Burnett, Chris Thomas King (songs)
Cinematography by Roger Deakins
PG-13 for some violence and language
25 MB 480x360
17 MB 320x240
8.5 MB 240x180
Lazarus - J. Carter & Prisoners 2. Big Rock Candy Mountain - Harry
McLintock 3. You Are My Sunshine - Norman Blake 4. Down In The River
To Pray - Alison Krauss 5. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow - The Soggy
Bottom Boys featuring Dan Tyminski 6. Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
- Chris Thomas King 7. Man Of Constant Sorrow (Instrumental) - Norman
Blake 8. Keep On The Sunny Side - The Whites 9. I'll Fly Away -
Gillian Welch & Alison Krauss 10. Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby
- Gillian Welch, Alison Krauss & Emmylou Harris 11. In The Highways
- The Peasall Sisters 12. I Am Weary - The Cox Family 13. I Am A
Man Of Constant Sorrow (Instrumental) - John Hartford 14. O Death
- Ralph Stanley 15. In The Jailhouse Now - The Soggy Bottom Boys
featuring Tim Blake Nelson 16. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow (With
band) - The Soggy Bottom Boys featuring Dan Tyminski 17. Indian
War Whoop (Instrumental) - John Hartford 18. Lonesome Valley - The
Fairfield Four 19. Angel Band - The Stanley Brothers
have a plan, but not a clue!
In the Depression-era deep South, three escapees from
a Mississippi prison chain gang: Everett Ulysses McGill (George Clooney),
sweet and simple Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson), and the perpetually angry
Pete (John Turturro), embark on the adventure of a lifetime as they
set out to pursue their freedom and return to their homes. With nothing
to lose and still in shackles, they make a hasty run for their lives
and end up on an incredible journey filled with challenging experiences
and colorful characters, such as Big Dan Teague (John Goodman). However,
they must also match wits with the cunning and mysterious lawmen,
Cooley, who tracks the men, bent on bringing the trio back to the
prison farm. An exciting and entertaining blend of high adventure,
humor and heartfelt emotion, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" is written
by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, directed by Joel Coen, two of today's preeminent
filmmakers who put their own unique modern-day spin on Homer's Classic
tale of "The Odyssey."
Where Art Thou? is the latest offering from Joel and Ethan Coen.
You probably like Coen Brother movies (Miller's Crossing, Raising
Arizona, Barton Fink, Fargo) or you don't. I split on them, but
I do like O Brother.
loosely based on the Odyssey. One of the fun things is noticing
the connections, but don't get carried away with that, because they
are just brief touches and the story really has some major differences
from Homer's story. In fact, if you're a fan of Homer, you may be
very upset if you go thinking you're going to see the Odyssey.
story is set in Mississippi during the Depression and deals with
three escaped convicts led by Ulysses Everett Gill (George Clooney)
on their way to grab a $1,200,000 stash from an armor car robbery.
Like Odysseus (aka Ulysses) they come across various characters
and obstacles on the way.
permeates the film. That makes sense since the gods are so central
to the Odyssey. But here, it is not the gods involved in the story,
rather there is mass baptism (in which two of the characters are
baptized), the song "I'll Fly Away", one side character who has
sold his soul to the devil, the use of the cross by the Ku Klux
there is praying and miracles. That they make it back to Everett's
home could probably be seen as miraculous as Odysseus' return to
Ithaca, but Everett is a skeptic. When his two companions are baptized,
washing away their guilt and transgressions (and in their mind the
robberies they've committed), Everett ridicules them. Later, when
they've been caught and are about to be hung, Everett breaks out
in a fervent prayer for forgiveness and deliverance. When the deliverance
comes, he immediately returns to his skepticism. And yet, there
are things he just can't explain. Not unlike (I think) most people.
you like "old-timey" music, that is reason enough see O Brother.
I'm not a fan of country music, but this had me wanting to find
a Soggy Bottom Boys CD.
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2001
From: Roger B.
response to Ethan's question about the blind people in the film.
Homer the poet was reputed to be blind--which is why I think the
elderly sage railroad hand cart operator is blind. The "cyclops"
is, of course, only blind in one eye--although he almost gets that
one good eye taken out by the sharpened stake of the confederate
flag--great parody of the cyclops in the Odyssey. I loved this movie,
the music, the photography and the acting. I personally think it
is the best thing Clooney has done--he wasn't just playing a "handsome
George Clooney-type." Part of the spirituality I think that needs
to be recognized is that of the Quest--Everitt has continual faith/hope
that things will turn out OK. They will eventually find the "treasure,"
although it is not the treasure that they thought it was.
Date: 6 Jul 2001
From: Ethan firstname.lastname@example.org
movie--Anyone have any idea what the significance the eyes have
in this movie? There must be at least five characters with unusual
eyes; either blind, or missing one, or wearing sunglasses. It has
been a while since I've read the Odyssey. Are these all classical
references to Homer? Or is there a good spiritual reason for giving
the characters different eye conditions?
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MOVIE, GREAT CD
oh and a darn Good Review from David as always
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001
From: The Muters
Usual you have done a wonderful Job of hitting the nail on the head
with the movie O Brother Where Art Thou, you speak truthfully about
the movies redeeming qualities but do not hestiate to mention that
as with all movies there are things that we would not want as part
of our lives as Christians. But lets face it folks this type of
film is more real life than we would like to admit, as a matter
of fact it reminded me of a living parable really, because just
like the Bible it shows the ugly side of humans while also showing
them trying to figure out thier relationship with God and trying
to figure out thier place in the world!!! I am not a Clooney fan
by any shake of the imagination but he does a wonderful job in this.
I also have to say that I do not buy CD's much anymore but the music
from this movie hit me so hard that I ran out the next day and bought
the CD and I have had three people ask me where they can get a copy
cause they heard me playing it at the Church that I am a Intern
pastor at. Anywho, I suggest this movie to one and all it is a wonderful
and fun movie with a very meaningful message, even if the Coen brothers
didn't mean for it to carry such a message! Christ is Risen, Lets
live as if this is true and celebrate our new life in him
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2001
From: Betty Hamm
just saw "O Brother,..." Friday night and loved it. I will admit,
I am a Coen brothers fan but I was surprised by this latest work.
I felt it lacked the over-the-top feel of their other works. I grew
up on this music and have known and/or been related to many people
like those portrayed. I felt it was a fair telling for the 1937
south with the tongue only slightly in cheek. I loved the cinematography,
scenes that were over exposed, or colored. I was amazed at the portrayal
of religion. The choir in the baptism scene was phenomenal. I did
not feel as though it was mocking religion in the way so many movies
do. Very interesting the conversation later in the car. Everett
keeps insisting that he has been forgiven and Ulysses points out
that even if God has forgiven you the state of Mississippi has not.
That is true. We can experience total forgiveness and cleansing
from God, regardless of how heinous our sin; Christ's blood covers
it all. However, we could still have earthly consequences for our
actions. My husband is much more familiar with Homer's Odyssey than
I am, so he helped me follow the parallels such as the Cyclops and
others. I plan on seeing the movie again. I thought it was great.
-- Mrs. Betty T. Hamm
Fine Arts Director Evangelical Free Church,
Naperville Il (630) 983-3232
THE GOSPEL MUSIC
Subject: If you DO like traditional gospel
Date: Mon, 08 Jan 2001
...the way it's used in this movie veers from just surreal to downright
creepy. I first thought something was wrong with this picture when
I heard Alison Krauss's voice coming out of about 50 baptisees.
My dismay mounted throughout the film, as 90% of the music was "Sunday
morning", and the activities on the screen were definitely "Saturday
night," and by the time Ralph Stanley was heard at a Klu Klux Klan
rally, it was all I could do to keep my seat. As the reviewer has
noted, the end of the film does a nice job of showing the reality
of God (and the Devil) in spite of the fact that there's been almost
nothing but hypocrisy on the screen up to that point. Still, I felt
that the Coen brothers just didn't really "get it". As my father
pointed out to me, probably a lot of bowlers didn't care for "The
Big Lebowski", and it's for sure that a lot of North Dakotans were
really bugged about "Fargo", so maybe "O Brother" is just not the
movie for those of us who bleed bluegrass. Although I wouldn't say
no to the soundtrack by itself.
It's the best CD I have heard this year. I love it. -David
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