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Barton Fink (1991)

 -  Drama | Mystery  -  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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Between Heaven and Hell There's Always Hollywood! See more »

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

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21 August 1991 (USA)  »

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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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John Turturro took classes at a secretarial school to learn how to use a typewriter for the role. Between takes, he wrote a rough outline for Romance & Cigarettes (2005) on the typewriter he used in the film. See more »

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Approximately 22 minutes into the movie a red light flashes on Barton's chest below his left ear just after he finishes the line, "And what's your line, Mr. Meadows?" See more »

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Classic dark comedy spoofs Hollywood hacks, literati alike
2 August 2003 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

This is a satire which really eviscerates its main character, nebbish Barton Fink, a semi-successful, very Jewish New York playwright who comes to Hollywood to make his dreams come true, which in his case is definately not writing the next Wallace Beery wrestling picture. There are just too many funny things in this movie to mention them all, so I won't mention any. But this is a movie that is going to stand up to the test of time; it may be the Coen brothers' best movie, because it is both dead funny and dead serious.

Turturro gives the performance of a lifetime as Barton, and Goodman proved with this movie that he was a first class acting talent (what made the Coens think of him in this role, anyway? surely a mark of genius). Davis also shows herself off extremely well, in one of this underrated actresses finest roles.

There is, simply put, no better satire of Hollywood, and none that I can think of that so successfully manages to also spoof the pretentions of those who despise it.


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