Henry Chinaski never cared for the American dream, the thought of needing to become 'something' and fit into the system disgusts him. He believes that life is free and yours to live like you see fit, and if that in some cases involves copious amounts of whiskey then so be it. Henry spends his days drinking and listening to the radio, and he spends his nights drinking and fighting against Eddy who he thinks personifies shallowness and shameless self promoting. Sometimes in the middle of this he finds the time to jot down a few lines of poetry or a short story. After fighting Eddy and winning for a change Henry is thrown out of his regular bar where Eddy is a bartender. This leads him to seek another watering hole where he happens to find Wanda who is a barfly, in her own words "if another man came along with a fifth of whiskey, I'd go with him". Henry is not fazed by this thou and moves in with her. Of course Wanda immediately goes off and sleeps with Eddy, but after some clothes ... Written by
Erik Wallen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.
16 October 1987 (USA)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
This film was almost never made because the financially-strapped Cannon films was on the verge of bankruptcy at the time (it went out of business a little more than a year later). Producer Fred Fuchs
brought his friend and producing partner Francis Ford Coppola
's into the project and got the film made. See more
Henry calls an ambulance and gives address of apartment building as 334, while in scene earlier that day building is clearly marked 360. See more
All you gotta do is beg for a little mercy.
Quittin' to you would be like swallowin' piss for eternity.
By Jimmy Smith
Published by Edmy Music Publishing Company (BMI)
Performed by Jimmy Smith
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
Under license from Manhattan Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc. See more