by Coen Brothers
, released in Europe
in summer 2000
, and in the
the same year.
Cast: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, Charles Durning
, Michael Badalucco, John Goodman and Holly Hunter.
This is the Coen brothers' take on The Odyssey by Homer. Clooney plays Ulysses Everett McGill, a golden tongued jail breaker on the run trying to get home to his loved Penelope (Hunter). Chained together with him are two less articulate fellow convicts Delmar and Pete. On their journey they meet Tommy Johnson, the blues guitarist said sold his soul to the Devil at the Crossroads somewhere in Mississippi- which was later attributed to Robert Johnson.
Anyhow, together with Tommy, the three former inmates record a hit song, rob a bank together with George 'Babyface' Nelson, ruin a Ku Klux Klan meeting, changes the outcome of the governor election and much more.
As usual, the joy of a Coen brothers movie is the actors and the characters
more than anything else. Also, the music - bluegrass - is wonderful.