O Brother, Where Art Thou?

3 convicts escape jail in the deep south. They are continuously searching for a treasure while being hunted down by the warden. They meet several characters along the way such as a black guitarist who has sold his soul to the devil. They record a bluegrass type song that becomes an instant smash and are constantly thrown off track by various events. The story is based on The Odyssey Homer which details a long journey home. Several of the characters in The Odyssey are represented in the movie such as the cyclops is represented by John Goodman and the sirens are also encountered.

Continuity mistake: When they first meet George Nelson, the left back seat window is half way open. A few seconds after they get into his car, Delmar gives the machine gun to Nelson through the left back seat's completely open window (the camera shows the guys all the time so we can see that Delmar didn't lower the window when he got in the car). (00:32:25 - 00:33:40)

More mistakes in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Ulysses Everett McGill: I don't get it, Big Dan.

More quotes from O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Trivia: When Everett asks the hobos on the train if any of them are "smithys", look closely and you'll see that they're sitting on big bags of Pappy O'Daniel flour. Pappy is a major character later in the film.

Nicki

More trivia for O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Question: In the KKK scene, Homer Stokes says "The color guard is colored." Did he mean this literally, like Everett was a black man, or did he mean that he was white (unlikely because John Goodman is white and so is he), or is he mistaking Everett for a black man because of his dirty face?

Answer: He mistook Everett for a black man because of his dirty face. It's the only way the line makes sense.

J I Cohen

More questions & answers from O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.