O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) - Synopsis
Everett Ulysses McGill (GEORGE CLOONEY) is a garrulous, silver-tongued, petty criminal, having some difficulty adjusting to the regimentation of life as a man sentenced to a term of hard labour in Mississippi.
Reluctant to spend any more time crushing rocks, he scams his way off the chain gang with a clumsy duo of lame losers: sweet and simple Delmar (TIM BLAKE NELSON), and the maladjusted Pete (JOHN TURTURRO). The trio embarks on the adventure of a lifetime as they set out to pursue their freedom and the promise of sharing in the division of a fortune in buried treasure.
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 awesome experiences and colourful characters. However, they must also match wits with the cunning and mysterious lawman Cooley (DANIEL VON BARGEN), who tracks the men, determined to bring the trio back to the prison farm.
An exciting and entertaining blend of high adventure, humour and heartfelt emotion, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" is a written and directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, two of today's pre-eminent filmmakers who put their own unique modern-day spin on Homer's classic tale of "The Odyssey."
Universal Pictures and Touchstone Pictures present in association with Studio Canal, a Working Title Production, "O Brother, and Where Art Thou?" Directed by Joel Coen, the screenplay is written by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, based upon "The Odyssey" by Homer. Ethan Coen produces the film. Executive producers are Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Co-producer is John Cameron. Buena Vista Pictures distributes domestically and Universal Pictures distributes internationally.