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Tuesday, 10 July 2012 at 7.30pm
'Summer Dreams'
  • Comedy
  • 2000
  • USA/UK/France
  • Colour
  • 102 mins.
 
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"Based upon Homer's Odyssey" runs the opening title, which - as well as setting the tongue-in-cheek tone of this Coen brothers' comedy - also happens to contain more than an element of truth. The eighth collaborative effort produced and directed by Ethan and Joel Coen concerns the attempts of escaped convict Ulysses Everett McGill (a nicely self-mocking George Clooney) to get back to his wife Penny (Holly Hunter in a cameo appearance), and the picaresque adventures he has on the way. The title derives from the 1941 satirical comedy Sullivan's Travels by Preston Sturges, whose humorous spirit hangs over this episodic tale. The movie also contrives to encapsulate every con-on-the-run picture one has ever seen, as well as southern period crime dramas. Yet again, the Coens' cinematic alchemy has worked a treat.

Ronald Bergan, Radio Times Film Guide



Director:

 
Joel Coen

Screenplay:

 
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, from the poem, 'The Odyssey,' by Homer

Cast:

 
GEORGE CLOONEY, Ulysses Everett McGill; JOHN TORTURRO, Pete; TIM BLAKE NELSON, Delmar; CHARLES DURNING, Pappy O'Daniel; JOHN GOODMAN, Big Dan Teague; MICHAEL BALDALUCCO, George Nelson; HOLLY HUNTER, Penny
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