History Film / OBrotherWhereArtThou

7th Dec '17 12:35:05 AM jormis29
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The story is (very) loosely [[TwiceToldTale based]] on Homer's ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', following [[MeaningfulName Ulysses]] Everett [=McGill=] (Creator/GeorgeClooney), Delmar O'Donnell (Creator/TimBlakeNelson), and Pete Hogwallop (John Turturro) as they meet, among others, a [[BlindSeer blind prophet]], sirens, the Cyclops and a gifted guitar player who "[[DealWithTheDevil sold his soul to the devil]]". Also during their journey, they record a hit song, rob a bank with George "Baby Face" Nelson, encounter the KKK, and inadvertently get mixed up in the state gubernatorial election. [[AwesomeMusic/{{Film}} It was noted for the tremendous success of its soundtrack]], most of which was recorded by Music/AlisonKraussAndUnionStation and other country-bluegrass acts (Dan Tyminski provided Everett's singing voice).

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The story is (very) loosely [[TwiceToldTale based]] on Homer's ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', following [[MeaningfulName Ulysses]] Everett [=McGill=] (Creator/GeorgeClooney), Delmar O'Donnell (Creator/TimBlakeNelson), and Pete Hogwallop (John Turturro) (Creator/JohnTurturro) as they meet, among others, a [[BlindSeer blind prophet]], sirens, the Cyclops and a gifted guitar player who "[[DealWithTheDevil sold his soul to the devil]]". Also during their journey, they record a hit song, rob a bank with George "Baby Face" Nelson, encounter the KKK, and inadvertently get mixed up in the state gubernatorial election. [[AwesomeMusic/{{Film}} It was noted for the tremendous success of its soundtrack]], most of which was recorded by Music/AlisonKraussAndUnionStation and other country-bluegrass acts (Dan Tyminski provided Everett's singing voice).
10th Oct '17 6:42:35 PM BeastC
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* FlatWhat: A silent one from Pete when Delmar tells him he thought he turned into a toad.
19th Sep '17 1:29:04 PM DrSleep
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* SymbolicBaptism: PlayedForLaughs when the escaped convicts Pete and Delmar stumble onto a group baptism in a river and jump at the chance to start over with a clean slate... which mostly means doing exactly what they were before. They're also a bit confused to hear that it doesn't actually do anything for their criminal records.
-->Delmar: But they was witnesses that seen us redeemed.
-->Everett: Even if it did put you square with the Lord, the state of Mississippi's a little more hard-nosed.
30th Aug '17 9:13:01 PM SoapheadChurch
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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Zig-zagged. The white heroes refer to Tommy as a "boy," but otherwise treat him as an equal. The radio station manager insists that he won't play "colored songs," but once the "Soggy Bottom Boys" become popular he's ecstatic about them and signs them. Pappy O'Daniel doesn't seem to care that "they's integrated" after seeing how a crowd adores them and boots out his gubernatorial opponent for interrupting them. The KKK is shown in all its silly racist glory, but is also portrayed as a fringe organization that is not looked upon favorably by the common townsfolk. This portrayal has some basis in reality, as by the 1930's the second Klan's membership had dwindled compared to its heyday in the mid-1920's[[note]]Specifically, the murder of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madge_Oberholtzer Madge Oberholtzer]] in 1925 caused members to leave in droves; membership continued to decline until the Civil Rights Movement started gaining momentum in the 1950s, but they have never come close to the level seen in the twenties[[/note]].
** Not as "fringe" as all that. Note that Homer Stokes feels perfectly comfortable announcing to a roomful of people that he belongs to an organization, wink-wink-nudge-nudge, that engages in cross-burning and lynching, and expects the audience to sympathize with him when he attacks people for ''stopping a lynching.'' It's not hard to guess that the only reason he's booed is because the people he's accusing happen to be a very popular music band, not because of general principle.

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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Zig-zagged. The white heroes refer to Tommy as a "boy," but otherwise treat him as an equal. The radio station manager insists that he won't play "colored songs," but once the "Soggy Bottom Boys" become popular he's ecstatic about them and signs them. Pappy O'Daniel doesn't seem to care that "they's integrated" after seeing how a crowd adores them and boots out his gubernatorial opponent for interrupting them. The KKK is shown in all its silly racist glory, but is also portrayed as a fringe organization that is not looked upon favorably by the common townsfolk. This portrayal has some basis in reality, as by the 1930's the second Klan's membership had dwindled compared to its heyday in the mid-1920's[[note]]Specifically, the murder of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madge_Oberholtzer Madge Oberholtzer]] in 1925 caused members to leave in droves; membership continued to decline until the Civil Rights Movement started gaining momentum in the 1950s, but they have never come close to the level seen in the twenties[[/note]].
** Not as "fringe" as all that. Note
twenties[[/note]]. It should be noted, however, that Homer Stokes feels perfectly comfortable announcing to a roomful of people that he belongs to an organization, wink-wink-nudge-nudge, that engages in cross-burning and lynching, and expects the audience to sympathize with him when he attacks people for ''stopping a lynching.'' It's not hard to guess that the only reason he's booed is because the people he's accusing happen to be a very popular music band, not because of general principle.
11th Jul '17 9:24:54 PM Dirtyblue929
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* GoOutWithASmile: George Nelson. We don't see him killed but his last scene is him having been caught by a mob and being led to his execution. He's more then happy with it, however; the mob was even nice enough to give him some violinists as a funeral march.

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* GoOutWithASmile: George Nelson. We don't see him killed but his last scene is him having been caught by a mob and being led to his execution. He's more then than happy with it, however; the mob was even nice enough to give him some violinists as a funeral march.march.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Several appear in the film, though the details of their lives are skewed for the sake of the story. They include BankRobber [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_Face_Nelson George "Babyface" Nelson]], Blues musician [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Johnson_(musician) Tommy Johnson]], and politician [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Lee_O%27Daniel W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel]]. The latter arguably undergoes the most changes, having his first name changed to Menelaus as a nod to ''The Odyssey'' and being governor of Mississippi rather than Texas.
29th Apr '17 5:21:44 PM Az_Tech341
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* RunningGag: Briefly.

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** Everett's obsession with his Dapper Dan pomade also counts.
*** By extension, Everett reflexively worrying about his hair whenever something wakes him in the middle of his sleep.

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** Everett's obsession with his Dapper Dan pomade also counts.
*** By extension, Everett reflexively
counts, as well as his reflexive worrying about his hair whenever something wakes him in the middle of his sleep.
29th Apr '17 3:32:28 AM Ryuhza
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*** By extension, Everett reflexively worrying about his hair whenever something wakes him in the middle of his sleep.
25th Mar '17 12:57:18 AM FordPrefect
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* WardensAreEvil: The Sheriff. While at the beginning he ''is'' in the right to hunt down Everett, Pete and Delmar (because of them being fugitives) he goes for overkill tactics like ''burning down a barn with them inside'', he insists that he answers to a higher law than man's (so he will just keep coming to matter what), and the moment he makes it clear that he will see them all hang even if they are now pardoned (and he will kill Tommy for no reason other than him being there with the fugitives), he crosses the MoralEventHorizon ''hard''. That he is a SatanicArchetype doesn't help any.

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* WardensAreEvil: The Sheriff. While at the beginning he ''is'' in the right to hunt down Everett, Pete and Delmar (because of them being fugitives) he goes for overkill tactics like ''burning down a barn with them inside'', he insists that he answers to a higher law than man's (so he will just keep coming to no matter what), and the moment he makes it clear that he will see them all hang even if they are now pardoned (and he will kill Tommy for no reason other than him being there with the fugitives), he crosses the MoralEventHorizon ''hard''. That he is a SatanicArchetype doesn't help any.
13th Feb '17 9:01:22 PM Mdumas43073
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A 2000 comedy film written and directed by Creator/TheCoenBrothers, about three escaped prisoners in [[TheGreatDepression Depression-era]] [[DeepSouth Mississippi]] who go on a rollicking adventure in an attempt to reach the money buried by one of them in his back yard. They have only a short time to do this, though, as the backyard in question is in an area slated to be flooded by the damming activities of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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A 2000 comedy film written and directed by Creator/TheCoenBrothers, about three escaped prisoners in [[TheGreatDepression Depression-era]] [[DeepSouth Mississippi]] who go on a rollicking adventure in an attempt to reach the money buried by one of them in his back yard.backyard. They have only a short time to do this, though, as the backyard in question is in an area slated to be flooded by the damming activities of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
13th Feb '17 9:01:01 PM Mdumas43073
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A 2000 comedy film written and directed by Creator/TheCoenBrothers, about three prison fugitives in [[TheGreatDepression Depression-era]] [[DeepSouth Mississippi]] who go on a rollicking adventure in an attempt to reach the money buried by one of them in his back yard. They have only a short time to do this, though, as the backyard in question is in an area slated to be flooded by the damming activities of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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A 2000 comedy film written and directed by Creator/TheCoenBrothers, about three prison fugitives escaped prisoners in [[TheGreatDepression Depression-era]] [[DeepSouth Mississippi]] who go on a rollicking adventure in an attempt to reach the money buried by one of them in his back yard. They have only a short time to do this, though, as the backyard in question is in an area slated to be flooded by the damming activities of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
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