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)
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