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I've decided to tell another story, though this one already exists. I'll give an overview and you'll have to tell me what story I am telling.

Digging for punishment, our story begins; a story about, three unfortunate men.

As fate would have it, three became four; one sold their soul, for fortune adored.

Placed in the wrong, by time yes indeed; Nelson was there, when they were in need.

Pitting the men against one another; then they met up, with Pete's older brother.

Everett was married, his wife left his name; telling their kids, he was hit by a train.

Remember Big Dan? He's quite the villain; leader of a cult, he's no stranger to killin'.

Delmar is great, but not quite that bright; he thought Pete was a frog, turned overnight.

Alas our story comes to a close, given a pardon, to the sheriff unknown.

Nay, in the desk, the drawer on the top; the bottom of a river, thanks to the cops.

What story am I telling? How did you arrive at your answer? How does it relate to the title? Can you explain the acrostic?

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    $\begingroup$ I see you are doing more acrostic clues $\endgroup$ – gabbo1092 Sep 17 '18 at 19:23
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    $\begingroup$ I like acrostics and use them quite often in smaller riddles like this one. $\endgroup$ – Perpetual J Sep 17 '18 at 19:26
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    $\begingroup$ I don't usually like riddles that require some very specific piece of trivia knowledge like this, but you can have a +1 for the great poetry style (rhyme, rhythm, and all). $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Sep 17 '18 at 19:47
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This is the story of

Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

Explanation (Sorry, my memory of the film is a bit hazy)

Digging for punishment, our story begins; a story about, three unfortunate men.

The three men are Everett McGill, Pete Hogwalop, and Delmar O'Donnel

As fate would have it, three became four; one sold their soul, for fortune adored.

They meet Tommy Johnson who says he sold his soul for the ability to play guitar

Placed in the wrong, by time yes indeed; Nelson was there, when they were in need.

They meet a robber named Baby Faced Nelson and the help him rob a bank when they are in need of money.

Pitting the men against one another; then they met up, with Pete's older brother.

I think this might be referring to when they get into a fight because Everett lied about there being any treasure?

Everett was married, his wife left his name; telling their kids, he was hit by a train.

If I remember right, Penny, Everett's wife told her kids that their dad was hit by a train so they wouldn't know he was a criminal.

Remember Big Dan? He's quite the villain; leader of a cult, he's no stranger to killin'.

Big Dan was the leader of the KKK group that try to hang Tommy.

Delmar is great, but not quite that bright; he thought Pete was a frog, turned overnight.

The trio are drugged by women and when Delmar wakes up he sees Pete's clothes on the ground with a frog in them. He thinks this means Pete was turned into a frog.

Alas our story comes to a close, given a pardon, to the sheriff unknown.

When the trio are arrested and about to be hanged, they are "pardoned" by being saved by an impromptu (supernatural?) flood.

Nay, in the desk, the drawer on the top; the bottom of a river, thanks to the cops.

I think this is referring to the ring that one of them finds in a desk drawer that doesn't actually belong to Everett's wife Penny.

Title

The song that the trio records is called "Man of Constant Sorrow"

Acrostic

Everett's favorite brand of pomade is called Dapper Dan. He's a Dapper Dan Man.

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    $\begingroup$ This was perfect! The only difference was the fact that they men were actually pardoned by the governor if I remember correctly, prior to the scene in which they are about to be hung. $\endgroup$ – Perpetual J Sep 17 '18 at 20:02

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