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 <email@example.com>
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?
wanted Sean Penn
to star as protagonist Henry Chinaski, but Penn insisted that Dennis Hopper
direct the film. Bukowski had written the screenplay for Barbet Schroeder
, who had filmed him for French TV years before, and would not surrender it to Hopper, whom he despised as gold-chain-wearing Hollywood phony. Bukowski and Penn became friends for the rest of his life. 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
You know, in the guest house, you could write in peace.
Hey, Tully baby, nobody who could write worth a damn could ever write in peace, Jesus.
By John Lurie
Published by Barking Lady Music (BMI)
Performed by The Lounge Lizards
Courtesy of Island Records See more