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16 October 1987 (USA) See more »
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.
Henry Chinaski never cared for the American dream, the thought of needing to become 'something' and fit into the system disgusts him... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mickey Rourke ... Henry Chinaski

Faye Dunaway ... Wanda Wilcox

Alice Krige ... Tully Sorenson

Jack Nance ... Detective
J.C. Quinn ... Jim

Frank Stallone ... Eddie

Sandy Martin ... Janice

Roberta Bassin ... Lilly
Gloria LeRoy ... Grandma Moses

Joe Unger ... Ben
Harry Cohn ... Rick

Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Joe
Joe Rice ... Old Man in Bar
Julie 'Sunny' Pearson ... Hooker in Bar
Donald L. Norden ... Man in Alley
Wil Albert ... Carl
Hal Shafer ... Mike
Zeke Manners ... Roger (as Zeek Manners)
Pearl Shear ... Helen
Rik Colitti ... Jack, The Window Washer
Michael Collins ... Elbow Inn Bartender

Ronald G. Joseph ... Liquor Store Clerk (as Ron Joseph)

Damon Hines ... Black Kid

Lahmard J. Tate ... Black Kid

Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Cop (as Carlos Cervantes)
Peter Conti ... Cop
Vance Colvig Jr. ... Alcoholic Man (as Vance Colvig)
Stacey Pickren ... Lady Manager
Leonard Termo ... Harry
Gary Cox ... Lenny
Fritz Feld ... Bum
Albert Henderson ... Louie
Sandy Rose ... Louie's Woman
Madalyn Carol ... Young Girl Hooker
George Marshall Ruge ... Loverbird Man
Debby Lynn Ross ... Loverbird Woman (as Debbie Lynn Ross)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Bukowski ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Barbet Schroeder 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Bukowski 

Produced by
Jack Baran .... associate producer
Yoram Globus .... executive producer
Menahem Golan .... executive producer
Tom Luddy .... producer
Fred Roos .... producer
Bruce Rubenstein .... assistant producer
Barbet Schroeder .... producer
Original Music by
Jack Baran 
Cinematography by
Robby Müller 
Film Editing by
Éva Gárdos 
Casting by
Nancy Lara-Hansch  (as Nancy Lara)
Robert MacDonald 
Pat Orseth 
Production Design by
Bob Ziembicki 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Dean 
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
Makeup Department
Leslie Ann Anderson .... hair stylist
Jane Carvell .... hair stylist: Ms. Dunaway
Ken Diaz .... makeup supervisor
Genice Jarvis .... hair stylist: Mr. Rourke
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist: Ms. Dunaway
William Snyder .... makeup artist
Production Management
Michael Alden .... post-production supervisor
Alain Jakubowicz .... post-production supervisor
Christopher Pearce .... unit production manager
Michelle Solotar .... production supervisor
Roni Ya'ackov .... executive in charge of production (as Rony Yacov)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Baran .... first assistant director
Nilo Otero .... second assistant director
Art Department
Milena Canonero .... visual consultant
Kelly Deco .... scenic artist
Amanda J. Flick .... scenic artist (as Amanda Flick)
Jonathan R. Hodges .... assistant property master
Sosie Hublitz .... set dresser
Kevin Hughes .... property master
Myron Meisel .... artistic consultant
John Smart .... set dresser
Tim Trimble .... scenic artist
Frank Viviano .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley artist (as Vanessa Ament)
Douglas Axtell .... boom operator (as Doug Axtell)
Jeff Burman .... apprentice sound editor
Ed Fassl .... sound editor
Robert Fitzgerald .... sound supervisor
David Gertz .... dubbing recordist
Stanley B. Gill .... sound recordist
Tommy Goodwin .... adr mixer
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Petur Hliddal .... sound mixer
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Hari Ryatt .... sound supervisor
Hamilton Sterling .... sound effects editor
Robert Ulrich .... dialogue editor
Fred Wasser .... sound effects editor
John Duvall .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Clive R. Kay .... special effects contact lenses
Michael Adams .... stunts
Diane Hetfield .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Steven Lambert .... stunts
Diane Peterson .... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts (as Debbie Lynn Ross)
George Marshall Ruge .... stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts
Webster Whinery .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Anderson .... additional camera operator
Bill Bumby .... dolly grip
Andrew Cooper .... still photographer
Paul Ferrara .... key grip
Jim Grce .... electrician
Frieder Hocheim .... gaffer
Mike Hodges .... best boy grip
Peter Jensen .... Steadicam operator
Chris Lombardi .... first assistant camera (as Cris Lombardi)
Kyle T. MacDowell .... grip
Rob Sweeney .... second assistant camera
Gary H. Swink .... best boy electric (as Gary Swink)
Casting Department
Davia Nelson .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dayna Cussler .... wardrobe assistant
Ricki Fournier .... key set costume (as Ricki Renee Fournier)
Eileen Kennedy .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Thomas Paul Croce .... assistant editor
Denise de Casabianca .... consultant: editing
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen .... post-production coordinator
Wende Phifer Mate .... assistant editor
Wendy J. Plump .... assistant editor (as Wendy Plump)
Angelo Russo .... color timer
Anne-Marie Vitello .... negative cutter
Ron Vitello .... negative cutter
Music Department
Jack Baran .... music editor
Donald Dunn .... composer: song "Hip Hug-Her"
Paula Erickson .... music supervisor
Stephanie Lee .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Jimmy Jones .... transportation coordinator
Joel Renfro .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Alan Abrams .... business and legal affairs
Frans J. Afman .... motion picture banking
Wenden K. Baldwin .... title designer
Francis Ford Coppola .... presenter
Ross Fanger .... location manager
Jerry Goldberg .... production assistant
Cindy Hochman .... supervising production coordinator
Leslie Lehr .... production coordinator (as Lesli J. Lehr)
Rick Nathanson .... production executive
Leslie Park .... script supervisor
Kyle Seidenbaum .... title designer
Joe Straw .... production accountant
Ann Wright .... unit publicist

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100 min
Color (TVC)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Helen Hunt was originally cast as Tully Sorenson, but Schroeder felt that the part needed an actress with a little more experience to play opposite Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Henry:Drinks for all my friends!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Eleven Men Out (2005)See more »
Exsultate, Jubilate, K166See more »


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43 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
One of Mickey Rourke's best performances in a darkly funny film, 15 January 2006
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

"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.

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