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Barton Fink (1991)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  21 August 1991 (USA)
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A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

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In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer's block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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There's only one thing stranger than what's going on inside his head. What's going on outside. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and some scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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21 August 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Barton Fink - Delírios de Hollywood  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,153,939 (USA)
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Trivia

The character of W.P. Mayhew is based on William Faulkner, whose first Hollywood contract was to write Flesh (1932), a wrestling movie for Wallace Beery. See more »

Goofs

When Mundt pulls the bedframe apart, the metal ball that drops to the floor has a metal rod through the center. When it hits the floor, the rod is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Jack Lipnick: Kiss this man's feet!
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Referenced in The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1992) See more »

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Old Black Joe
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aka "Poor Old Joe"
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by Mayhew when he is drunk
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2 August 2007 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

A wonderful cast of remarkable, idiosyncratic characters could be enough of a reason to watch this typically offbeat Coen Bros film. John Turturro's titular anti-hero is a well-pitched tough-talking but flaky ideologue. Beside him are deliciously imaginative support roles: John Goodman's charming everyman, John Mahoney's literary lush and Tony Shalhoub's Hollywood middlemanmotormouth. Above all there is the indelible turn of Judy Davis - in a field of broad brush eccentrics, she embraces the general breadth of character whilst arresting the camera as the still point on which the worm turns. Impressive.

I couldn't help myself thinking about Adaptation I'm afraid. It's not the same film by any means. What Charlie Kaufmann achieves is a coherence that has you chuckling and shaking your head as you leave the theatre. The chaos and unravelling of Barton Fink is not only the manner but also the content of the Coens' movie. Don't take this as a criticism then, but as an indication of how the film holds its place in the magpiemagination of their canon - self-sufficiently. 6/10


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