Friday, January 6, 2012

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

2000 Comedy Film

Director: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Writer: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Cinematography: Roger Deakins

Running time: 108 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Sometimes, you have to lose your way to get back home
Cast:
George Clooney as Ulysses Everett McGill
Tim Blake Nelson as Delmar O'Donnell
John Turturro as Pete Hogwallop
Chris Thomas King as Tommy Johnson
John Goodman as Daniel "Big Dan" Teague
Holly Hunter as Penny McGill
Charles Durning as Governor "Pappy" O'Daniel
Daniel von Bargen as Sheriff Cooley
Wayne Duvall as Homer Stokes
Ray McKinnon as Vernon T. Waldrip
Michael Badalucco as George Nelson
Stephen Root as Mr. Lund
Lee Weaver as the Blind Seer

Plot
Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey” set in the deep south during the 1930's. In it, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

Awards:
  1. Special Citation- T-Bone Burnett- BMI Film & TV Awards
  2. Best Cinematography Award- Roger Deakins- British Society of Cinematographers
  3. FFCC Award- Best Soundtrack and Score T-Bone Burnett & Carter Burwell- Florida Film
    Critics Circle
    Awards
  4. Golden Globe- Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical George Clooney- Golden Globes, USA
  5. Grammy- Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media T-Bone Burnett (compilation producer), Mike Piersante (engineer) & Peter F. Kurland (engineer)- Grammy Awards
  6. Sierra Award- Best Cinematography Roger Deakins- Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

Trivia
The film's soundtrack became an unlikely blockbuster, even surpassing the success of the film. By early 2001, it had sold five million copies, spawned a documentary film, three follow-up albums ("O Sister" and "O Sister 2"), two concert tours, and won Country Music Awards for Album of the Year and Single of the Year (for "Man of Constant Sorrow"). It also won five Grammys, including Album of the Year, and hit #1 on the Billboard album charts the week of March 15, 2002, 63 weeks after its release and over a year after the release of the film.

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5 stars out of 5 stars

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