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

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Factotum (2005)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This drama centers on Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter-ego of "Factotum" author Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los Angeles, CA trying to live off jobs which don't interfere with his primary interest, which is writing. Along the way, he fends off the distractions offered by women, drinking and gambling.

Director: Bent Hamer
Stars: Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Barbet Schroeder interviews Bukowski.

Director: Barbet Schroeder
Stars: Charles Bukowski, Linda Lee Bukowski, Barbet Schroeder
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Documentary on Charles Bukowski, author of 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man', 'Love Is a Dog from Hell', and the autobiographical novels, 'Women', 'Hollywood', and 'Post Office'.

Director: John Dullaghan
Stars: Charles Bukowski, Bono, John Bryan
Homeboy (1988)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A simple self-destructive drifter and tough small-time boxer with a brain injury that could kill him meets and falls for a cute beach carnival owner, Ruby, but also befriends a sleazy friendly criminal, Wesley, who's planing a big score.

Director: Michael Seresin
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken, Debra Feuer
Barfly (TV Series 2015)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Kolby Roberts, Vince Eustace, Laura Oceane
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two cousins unknowingly rob the mob and face the dangerous consequences.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Stars: Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Johnny Handsome is a deformed gangster who plans a successful robbery with a friend of his, Mikey Chalmette, and another couple (Sunny Boid and Rafe Garrett). During the heist, Johnny and ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Elizabeth McGovern
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Detective
...
Jim
...
...
Janice
...
Lilly
Gloria LeRoy ...
...
Ben
Harry Cohn ...
Rick
...
Joe
Joe Rice ...
Old Man in Bar
Julie 'Sunny' Pearson ...
Hooker in Bar
Donald L. Norden ...
Man in Alley
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bar kelebegi  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,221,568 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was almost never made because the financially-strapped Cannon Group / Golan-Globus Productions were on the verge of bankruptcy at the time (and 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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Wanda: Listen, I drink. And when I drink, I move in the wrong direction...
See more »


Soundtracks

Concerti Grossi Op. 6/4 in A Minor
written by George Frideric Handel
courtesy of Supraphon Music, Prague
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of Mickey Rourke's best performances in a darkly funny film
15 January 2006 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

"Barfly" was a fairly successful film when it was released and garnered generally favorable reviews. Roger Ebert gave it four out of four, and along with "Angel Heart," it helped solidify 1987 as the Year of Mickey Rourke.

However, almost twenty years later it isn't talked so much about anymore, and I feel it deserves to be. Rourke gives one of his finest performances as Henry, a loner who walks hunched over like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Henry works at a bar as a runner - delivering orders and such. But he's always getting into drunken brawls with the bartender, usually losing.

One day Henry's life takes a turn when he meets a downtrodden woman (Faye Dunaway) and they embark on a relationship.

"Barfly" is a great film. Rourke was vocal later on in his career about his dislike of director Barbet Schroeder, but Schroeder's direction is part of what makes this film so good.

However, the absolute best aspect of the movie is Rourke's performance. Embodying the late writer Charles Bukowski (whose work this was based upon, and who had a brief cameo in the film), Rourke is unrecognizable

  • like Billy Bob Thornton in "Sling Blade," his entire demeanor and
physicality seems to change.

I highly recommend "Barfly" - it's funny, dark, witty, touching and downright enjoyable. One of the best films of the '80s.


55 of 62 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?