A timeless classic
All great movies have a magic quality that combines great depth of character and detail yet present a story so well that you're sorry when the movie ends.
I'm too young to have lived in the 30's but this movie seems authentic. So many memorable scenes: Pappy O'Daniel and his advisors, the performances of the Soggy Bottom Boys, Homer Stoke's rally - even the little Wharvey gals get some great lines. The dialogue is full of words that were in common use back them but are archaic now, which adds to the charm (pater familias?).
Very rarely in a movie has music been used to such great effect and the recording and mixing done with as much care - in the scene with the sirens, the voicing changes each time the scene changes to a different siren - a great effect.
Another plus is a great ensemble of actors that works so well that it woudl be hard to imagine anyone else playing these characters (brings LOTR and the Shawshank Redemption to mind). Everyone seems to get his own great line:
"You two are dumber than a bag of hammers."
"Do not seek the treasure!"
"She turned him into a horny toad!"
"I've counted to three."
"He's a suitor!"
Fun and feeling create a place that you'd definitely like to visit again and again. Defnitely a classic.
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O Brother What a Great Movie
If you're looking for a hilarious movie this is definitely one to add to your must-see list. This is the ONLY movie I've ever seen starring George Clooney where I truly enjoyed his character. Tim Blake Nelson is one of my favorite actors, he's one to watch and a sure fire Oscar winner some day. And John Turturro plays the part of a Southern redneck to a T, which is not bad for a nice Catholic boy from Brooklyn. There are side-splitting cameos by John Goodman and Charles Durning among others that add to the great comic relief of this movie. And the soundtrack is unbeatable. If you don't own the soundtrack I would recommend it just as much as the movie itself, and the two together would make a great gift.
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My husband and I watched this movie many times and NEVER get tired of it! We even have to watch it again when they run it on tv, even though we have the DVD! It makes you laugh EVERY time you see it and is our favorite movie ever!! It is the little things in it that are so funny. Once you watch it a 2nd or a 3rd time, you notice details in it that you missed the first time around! Of course we LOVED the music and as a result, we had to get the soundtrack after watching the movie!
They couldn't have gotten 3 better main characters to play the roles. We love them all, especially Delmar- he is such a riot! His "howls" upon learning that Pete has been turned into a toad are priceless. We also love the scene where he is looking at the toad and Everett says quietly "I'm just not sure that's Pete" and Delmar raises the toad and says "Of course it's Pete- Look at him!" It's the way they say it that makes it so funny, and even their expressions when they aren't saying anything at all. I could go on and on, but I wouldn't want to spoil anything for anyone.
If you like Comedy or movies with AWESOME MUSIC, GET THIS DVD!!
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1920's America had no use for antidepressants
I love this depression era 1920's take that the Coen Bros. written from ideas of homers odyssey and Bonnie and Clyde, with the look like your in the great dust bowl, the Coen's highlight the odd, cornball, unique personalities of poor horse eating southern well groomed felons of roaring American, and gives you a feel of Americas beget funny faced, store keeps, beginnings of recording a record, running a southern campaign and the low tech life that was simple and vast. Baby Face Nelson and his Chopper, the Blind Southern Radio/recording Studio owner with no clue, to the Dapper Dan Cans and all it holds are the spotlights in this super silver screen masterpiece. Best Time in American History according to Me
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O Brother, This Sleeper is Funny, a take on Odyssey
Wow! This movie didn't receive alot of attention is theater, but it is great! A funny old-timey southern version of Homer's Odyssey including the cyclops, the sirens and more. An treat for adults and teens. Politics & relationships. George Clooney breaking into song at the radio station! The music is wonderful. I have friends who sing along!
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