History Film / OBrotherWhereArtThou

23rd Jan '16 7:40:20 PM Twentington
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* {{Satan}}: Sheriff Cooley is explicitly theorized to be this.
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* {{Satan}}: SatanicArchetype: Sheriff Cooley is explicitly theorized fits Tommy Johnson's description of the Devil exactly: "He's white, as white as you folks, with empty eyes and a big hollow voice. He likes to be this.travel around with a mean old hound." However, upon seeing him at the end of the movie, Tommy doesn't seem to notice.
17th Jan '16 8:03:02 AM Kirayoshi
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** Early in the movie Everett, Delmar and Pete meet a blind prophet who claims, "You will see thangs, wonderful to tell. You shall see a cow on the roof of a cotton house." At the end of the movie, they do indeed see a cow on a cotton house roof.
13th Jan '16 8:21:43 PM CarolC
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** The constant reference to Everett supposedly being hit by a train once he reunited with some of his daughters.
9th Jan '16 8:20:28 AM Morgenthaler
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** A man named Ulysses meets a blues singer at a crossroads. [[{{Cream}} Coincidence]]?
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** A man named Ulysses meets a blues singer at a crossroads. [[{{Cream}} [[Music/{{Cream}} Coincidence]]?
29th Dec '15 7:38:21 AM Morgenthaler
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The story is (very) loosely [[TwiceToldTale based]] on Homer's ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', following [[MeaningfulName Ulysses]] Everett [=McGill=], Delmar O'Donnell and Pete 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 [[AlisonKraussAndUnionStation Alison Krauss & Union Station]] (Dan Tyminski provided Everett's singing voice) and other country-bluegrass acts.
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The story is (very) loosely [[TwiceToldTale based]] on Homer's ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', following [[MeaningfulName Ulysses]] Everett [=McGill=], Delmar O'Donnell and Pete 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 [[AlisonKraussAndUnionStation Alison Krauss & Union Station]] Music/AlisonKraussAndUnionStation (Dan Tyminski provided Everett's singing voice) and other country-bluegrass acts.
18th Dec '15 5:43:08 AM Jeroic
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* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:The flooding happens at ''exactly'' the right time to save them all from being hanged.]] Possibly a literal example.
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* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:The flooding happens at ''exactly'' the right time to save them all from being hanged.]] Possibly a literal example.example, but it's foreshadowed enough that it doesn't break the plot even if he viewer doesn't interpret it as spiritual.
22nd Nov '15 2:31:29 AM jormis29
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* CensorshipBySpelling: "Mrs. Hogwallop up and R-U-N-N-O-F-T." Becomes somewhat of a RunningGag.
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* CensorshipBySpelling: Sort of. One character wants to prevent his son from knowing that his mother left the family, so he just says "Mrs. Hogwallop up and R-U-N-N-O-F-T." Becomes somewhat of a RunningGag." ** Subverted later on, in that the kid knew ''exactly'' what he was talking about, anyway.

* TWordEuphemism: Sort of. One character wants to prevent his son from knowing that his mother left the family, so he just says she "Up and R-U-N-N-O-F-T." ** Subverted later on, in that the kid knew ''exactly'' what he was talking about, anyway.
15th Nov '15 2:09:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheCastShowoff: Real-life blues singer Chris Thomas King plays Tommy, and at one point gets to sing (in his own voice) a rendition of Skip James' "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues." Also, that's really Creator/TimBlakeNelson singing the lead vocal on "In The Jailhouse Now".
15th Nov '15 2:08:39 AM Morgenthaler
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-> ''[[BrokenRecord "Damn, we're in a tight spot!"]]''
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-> ''[[BrokenRecord "Damn, ''"Damn, we're in a tight spot!"]]'' spot!"''
11th Nov '15 8:28:13 PM Nofix
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* AgentScully: Despite being pursued by Satan, meeting a prophet, being seduced by sirens, and [[spoiler: being apparently saved from execution by divine intervention]], Everett still insists that there is a reasonable explanation for everything. At least it's {{Lampshaded}}. And by the end, he doesn't really seem sure of himself any more after [[spoiler:seeing the cow on the roof of a shed, which the prophet told them they would see back at the beginning.]]
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* AgentScully: Despite Everett, who [[spoiler:despite being pursued by Satan, meeting a prophet, being seduced by sirens, and [[spoiler: being apparently saved from execution by divine intervention]], Everett still insists that there is a reasonable explanation for everything. At least it's {{Lampshaded}}. And by the end, he doesn't really seem sure of himself any more after [[spoiler:seeing the cow on the roof of a shed, which the prophet told them they would see back at the beginning.]]

* BlackAndGrayMorality: Our "heroes" include a trio of escaped criminals and a bad-tempered, corrupt governor. The villains include the Grand Dragon of a KKK chapter and his lackeys, and an InspectorJavert [[spoiler:who may actually be the Devil]]. The most sympathetic characters are probably Delmar ([[DumbIsGood a sweetly cheerful idiot]] who nevertheless still goes along with Everett's schemes, and he did once rob a Piggly Wiggly) and Tommy, who ''sold his soul to the Devil.''
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* BlackAndGrayMorality: Our "heroes" include a trio of escaped criminals and a bad-tempered, corrupt governor. The villains include the Grand Dragon of a KKK chapter and his lackeys, and an InspectorJavert [[spoiler:who may actually be the Devil]]. The most sympathetic characters are probably Delmar ([[DumbIsGood a sweetly cheerful idiot]] who nevertheless still goes along with Everett's schemes, [[spoiler: and he did once rob a Piggly Wiggly) Wiggly]]) and Tommy, who ''sold his soul to the Devil.''

* DidNotDieThatWay: inverted, [=McGill=] finds out his wife has told his daughters that he got hit by a train, rather than tell them he was sent to jail.
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* DidNotDieThatWay: inverted, [=McGill=] He didn't die at all, Everett finds out his wife has told his daughters that he got hit by a train, rather than tell them he was sent to jail.

* EmptyPilesOfClothing: This (and a toad) cause the other two to assume Pete's been turned into a toad.
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* EmptyPilesOfClothing: This (and a toad) cause the other two causes Delmar to assume Pete's been turned into a toad.

* EmptyPilesOfClothing: InformedAttribute: This (and a toad) cause applies to the other two to assume Pete's been turned into Governor, while Homer Stokes runs on a toad.reform platform, calling O'Daniel a tool of the interests. The audience, who doesn't see that much of the Governor, never sees him do much beside swear at and assault his aides with his hat.

* {{Jerkass}}: Pappy O'Daniel, oh so much.
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* {{Jerkass}}: Pappy O'Daniel, oh so much. [[spoiler: Even though he's the one who pardon's our main characters, meaning they no longer have to be outlaws, it's solely for his own reelection campaign.]]

* LouisCypher: The Sheriff who is [[SternChase chasing after them]]. His ScaryShinyGlasses [[IncendiaryExponent reflect fire]] a lot.
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* LouisCypher: [[spoiler: The Sheriff who is [[SternChase chasing after them]].them]] is implied, and even theorized to be by the characters, to be this. His ScaryShinyGlasses [[IncendiaryExponent reflect fire]] a lot.]]

* 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, Pappy O'Daniel doesn't seem to care that "they's integrated." The KKK is shown in all its silly racist glory, but also portrayed as a fringe organization that is not looked upon favorably by the common townsfolk.
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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, popular he's ecstatic about them and signs them. Pappy O'Daniel doesn't seem to care that "they's integrated." 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 also portrayed as a fringe organization that is not looked upon favorably by the common townsfolk.townsfolk. The KKK example this had some more basis, as by the 1930's the second Klan's membership had dwindled compared to it's heyday in the mid-1920's.

* WorkingOnTheChainGang: The story begins with Ulysses, Pete, and Delmar escaping from this while chained to each other. Pete, at one point, is recaptured and put back to work on the chain gang and has to be broken out of prison ''again''.
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* WorkingOnTheChainGang: The story begins with Ulysses, Everett, Pete, and Delmar escaping from this while chained to each other. Pete, at one point, is recaptured and put back to work on the chain gang and has to be broken out of prison ''again''.
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