Based on the life of successful poet Charles Bukowski and his exploits in Hollywood during the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

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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 <erik.wallen@bluetie.com>

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bar | whiskey | drinking | visit | money | See All (154) »

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Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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16 October 1987 (USA)  »

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Bar kelebegi  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$45,900 (USA) (18 October 1987)

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$3,221,568 (USA)
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Trivia

One of the exterior scenes in Barfly shows Mickey Rourke coming out of an old hotel. This hotel was actually The Royal Palms (on Westlake Ave.) which had been a swank men's club in the 30's. By 1986 it was being used to house a residential alcohol treatment program. In one scene, the camera follows the characters down the sidewalk and past a 'wino' drinking from a bottle in a paper bag. That 'drunk' was actually recruited for the movie from the residents at the Royal Palms. See more »

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When Henry gets out of bed, Tully has terrible bedhead as their conversation starts. When it cuts back to her a second later, her hair has been neatly brushed. See more »

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Henry: Grow's for plants. I hate roots.
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Referenced in Entourage: Play'n with Fire (2008) See more »

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Silver Threads Among the Gold
Music by H.P. Danks and lyrics by Eben E. Rexford
Arranged by Lou Ukelson
Published by Jimmy Skinner Music (BMI)
Performed by Shot Jackson and Friends
Courtesy of Vetoo Records
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Great Film!
29 August 2002 | by (The Greater Southwest) – See all my reviews

This has to be one my favorite movies. I found it very entertaining and fun, which is odd, considering the subject matter. The movie chronicles the misadventures of two talented, yet hopeless drunks. The dialog is snappy and the direction is wonderful. Mickey Rourke gives the film world a glimpse of just how great he could have been. Moreover, Dunaway shows why she will always be considered one of the top female leads of all time. **** out of ****


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