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Barfly (1987)

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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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)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,900, 18 October 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,221,568
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1.85 : 1
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There is no original score for this film. The film's soundtrack was mostly based on original source music specially selected by Associate Producer and Music Supervisor Jack Baran, with the exception of a few classical pieces selected by actor Mickey Rourke. 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 »

Quotes

Wanda: I hate the police, don't you?
Henry: I don't know, but I seem to feel better when they're not around.
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Connections

Referenced in I Drink, I Gamble and I Write: The Making of Barfly (2002) See more »

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The New Albion Chorale
written & performed by Terry Riley
published by Ancient Word Music (BMI)
courtesy of Celestial Harmonies
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Mickey Rourke at his finest!
30 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

Barfly is the delightfully gritty tale of a warrior poet (Rourke) disguised as a drunken idiot who lives in a roach motel and, you guessed it- a drunk who can never pay his bar tab. Mickey Rourke shines in the lead role and in my opinion deserved an Oscar for his brilliant performance. Faye Dunaway also gives a great performance as The Mick's love interest. Rourke creates a cult icon that will keep you in stitches and riveted for the duration of the film. You'll talk about this movie long after viewing it. "A drink for all my friends!" Rent Barfly ASAP you won't be disappointed!!


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