Synopsis: Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) is having difficulty adjusting to his hard-labor sentence in Mississippi. He scams his way off the chain gang with simple Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) and maladjusted Pete (John Turturro), then the trio sets out to pursue freedom and the promise of a fortune in buried treasure. With nothing to lose and still in shackles, their hasty run takes them on an incredible journey of awesome experiences and colorful characters.
Actors: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman
Production: Buena Vista
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 35 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

The convict hauls himself to his feet. In spite of his stubble

he has carefully tended hair and a pencil mustache. He is


As he dusts himself off:


Say, uh, any a you boys smithies?

The hobos stare.

Everett gives an ingratiating smile as, behind him, the second

convict starts to haul himself into the boxcar, the third

convict still keeping pace outside.


Or, if not smithies per se, were you

otherwise trained in the metallurgic

arts before straitened circumstances

forced you into a life of aimless


The convict running outside the boxcar door stumbles and

disappears and the middle convict is yanked out immediately

after. Everett, just finishing his speech, flips forward in

turn, smashes his chin onto the floor and is sucked out the

open doorway, his clawing fingernails leaving parallel grooves

on the boxcar floorboards.

The hobos impassively watch.


The three men tumble, clanking, down the track embankment.

Squush - they come to a rest in swampland at the bottom.

They shake their heads clear, then rise to their feet in the

muck and watch the train recede.

Its fading clatter leaves the baying of hounds.


Jesus - can't I count on you people?

The second con is Delmar.


Sorry, Everett.

Everett looks desperately about.


All right - if we take off through

that bayou-

The third con, Pete, bald but also with beard stubble, angrily

cuts in.


Wait a minute! Who elected you leader

a this outfit?


Well, Pete, I just figured it should

be the one with capacity for abstract

thought. But if that ain't the

consensus view, hell, let's put her

to a vote!


Suits me! I'm votin' for yours truly!

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