O Brother, Where Art Thou?
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They have a plan, but not a clue.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 comedy film about three stumblebum convicts who escape to go on a quest for treasure and who meet various characters while learning where their real fortunes lie in the 1930s Deep South.
Ulysses Everett McGill
- Well, any human being will cast about in a moment of stress. No, the fact is, they're flooding this valley so they can hydroelectric up the whole durn state. Yes, sir, the South is gonna change. Everything's gonna be put on electricity and run on a paying basis. Out with the old spiritual mumbo jumbo, the superstitions, and the backward ways. We're gonna see a brave new world where they run everybody a wire and hook us all up to a grid. Yes, sir, a veritable age of reason. Like the one they had in France. Not a moment too soon.
- [Repeated line] Damn! We're in a tight spot!
- Say, any of you boys smithies? Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?
- [As George "Babyface" Nelson fires his tommy gun into a herd of cattle] Oh, George. Not the livestock!
- [To Pete] We thought you was a toad!
- [To Ulysses] Gopher, Everett?
- [To Ulysses] He's a live wire though, ain't he?
- Is you is, or is you ain't, my constichency?
- Everett: The treasure is still there boys, believe me.
- Delmar: [about the Blind Seer] But how'd he know about the treasure?
- Everett: I don't know Delmar. The blind are reputed to possess sensitivities compensating for their lack of sight, even to the point of developing paranormal psychic powers. Now, clearly seeing into the future would fall neatly into that category; it's not so surprising then that an organism deprived of its earthly vision...
- Pete: He said we wouldn't get it. He said we wouldn't get the treasure we seek on account of our obstacles.
- Everett: Well what the hell does he know? He's just an ignorant old man.
- Everett: The old tactician has got a plan. For the transportation that is. I don't know how I'm gonna keep my coiffure in order.
- Pete: How's this a plan? How we gonna get a car?
- Everett: [producing a pocket watch] Sell that. I figure it can only have painful association for Wash.
- Pete: [reading] "To Washington Bartholomew Hogwallop, from his loving Cora. Amor Fidel... is."
- Everett: It was in his bureau. I figure it'll fetch us enough cash for a good used auto-voiture, and a little left over besides.
- Pete: You miserable little snake! You stole from my kin!
- Everett: Who was fixin' to betray us.
- Pete: You didn't know that at the time.
- Everett: So I borrowed it until I did know!
- Pete: That don't make no sense!
- Everett: Pete, it's a fool that looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart.
- Everett: Well, I guess hard times flush the chumps. Everybody's lookin' for answers... Where the hell's he goin'?
- [Delmar runs out to be baptized]
- Pete: Well I'll be a sonofabitch. Delmar's been saved.
- Delmar: Well that's it, boys. I've been redeemed. The preacher's done warshed away all my sins and transgressions. It's the straight and narrow from here on out, and heaven everlasting's my reward.
- Everett: Delmar, what are you talking about? We've got bigger fish to fry.
- Delmar: The preacher says all my sins is warshed away, including that Piggly Wiggly I knocked over in Yazoo.
- Everett: I thought you said you was innocent of those charges?
- Delmar: Well I was lyin'. And the preacher says that that sin's been warshed away too. Neither God nor man's got nothin' on me now. C'mon in boys, the water is fine.
- Pete: The preacher said he absolved us.
- Everett: For him. Not for the law. I'm surprised at you Pete. I gave you credit for more brains than Delmar.
- Delmar: But they was witnesses that seen us redeemed.
- Everett: That's not the issue Delmar. Even if it did put you square with the Lord, the state of Mississippi's a little more hardnosed.
- Delmar: You should'a joined us Everett. It wouldn't have hurt none.
- Pete: Hell, at least it would'a washed away the smell of that pomade.
- Everett: Join you two ignorant fools in a ridiculous superstition? Thank ya anyway. And I like the smell of my hair treatment - a pleasin' odor's half the point. [laughs] Baptism. You two are just dumber than a bag of hammers. Well, I guess you're just my cross to bear.
- Tommy Johnson: I had to be up at that there crossroads last midnight, to sell my soul to the devil.
- Everett: Well, ain't it a small world, spiritually speaking. Pete and Delmar just been baptized and saved. I guess I'm the only one that remains unaffiliated.
- Delmar: This ain't no laughing matter.
- Everett: What'd the devil give you for your soul, Tommy?
- Tommy Johnson: Well, he taught me to play this here guitar real good.
- Delmar: Oh son. For that you sold your everlasting soul?
- Tommy Johnson: [shrugs] Well, I wasn't usin' it.
- Pete: I've always wondered, what's the devil look like?
- Everett: Well, of course there are all manner of lesser imps and demons, Pete, but the great Satan hisself is red and scaly with a bifurcated tail, and he carries a hay fork.
- Tommy Johnson: Oh, no. No, sir. He's white, as white as you folks, with empty eyes and a big hollow voice. He loves to travel around with a mean old hound. That's right.
- Pete: Well hell, it ain't square one! Ain't nobody gonna pick up three filthy, unshaved hitch-hikers, and one of them a know-it-all that can't keep his trap shut.
- Everett: Pete, the personal rancor reflected in that remark I don't intend to dignify with comment. However, I would like to address your attitude of hopeless negativism--consider the lilies of the goddamn field...or hell, look at Delmar here as your paradigm of hope!
- Delmar: Yeah, look at me.
- General Store Clerk: I can get the part from Bristol. It'll take two weeks. Here's your pomade.
- Everett: Two weeks? That don't do me no good.
- Clerk: Nearest Ford auto man's Bristol.
- Everett: Hold on, now. I don't want this pomade. I want Dapper Dan.
- Clerk: I don't carry Dapper Dan. I carry Fop.
- Everett: Well, I don't want Fop, goddammit. I'm a Dapper Dan man.
- Clerk: You watch your language, young fella. This is a public market. If you want Dapper Dan, I can order it for you, have it in about two weeks.
- Everett: Well ain't this place a geographical oddity! Two weeks from everywhere! Forget it! [slams money on the counter] I'll have a dozen hair nets.
- Everett: Deceitful, two-faced she-woman. Never trust a female, Delmar, remember that one simple precept and your time with me will not have been ill spent.
- Delmar: OK, Everett.
- Everett: Hit by a train! Truth means nothing to a woman, Delmar. Triumph 'a the subjective. You ever been with a woman?
- Delmar: Well, I... I... I gotta get the family farm back before I can start thinking about that.
- Everett: That's right, if then. Believe me Delmar, woman is the most fiendish instrument of torture ever devised to bedevil the days of man.
- Delmar: Everett, I never figured you for a pater familias.
- Everett: Oh yes, I have spread my seed.
- Pappy: Holey Moley! These boys are a hit!
- Junior: But Pappy, they's integrated!
- Pappy: It sounded t'me like he harbored some kinda hateful grudge against the Soggy Bottom Boys, on account of their rough and rowdy past.
- Pappy: Sounds like Homer Stokes is the kind of fella who wants to cast the first stone. Well, I'm with you folks. I'm a forgive 'n' forget Christian, and I say, if their rambunctiousness, and misdemeanorin' is behind them... [turns away from the mike, towards Everett] It is, ain't it, boys?
- Everett: Uh, yes sir, it is.
- Pappy: Then, by the power vested in me, these boys is hereby pardoned. And furthermore, in the second Pappy O'Daniel administration, why, these boys is gonna be my brain trust!
- Delmar: What sat mean exactly, Everett?
- Everett: Well, you'n me'n Pete 'n Tommy are gonna be the power behind the throne so to speak.
- Delmar: Oh, okay.
- Pappy: So now, without further ado, and by way of endorsin' my candidacy, the Soggy Bottom Boys is gonna lead us all in a chorus of "You Are My Sunshine."
- [Applause. Pappy turns away from the mike, towards Everett]
- Pappy: Ain't you, boys?
- Everett: Governor, it's one of our favorites.
- Pappy: Son... you're gonna go far.
- They have a plan, but not a clue.
- Sometimes, you have to lose your way to get back home.
- George Clooney – Ulysses ("Ulysses") Everett McGill
- John Turturro – Pete
- Tim Blake Nelson – Delmar O' Donnell
- John Goodman – Big Dan ("Cyclops") Teague
- Holly Hunter – Penny (Penelope) McGill nee Wharvey
- Chris Thomas King – Tommy Johnson
- Charles Durning – Governor Menelaus "Pappy" O'Daniel
- Wayne Duvall – Homer Stokes
- Ray McKinnon – Vernon T. Waldrip Suitor of Penelope