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Barton Fink (1991)

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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

21 August 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Barton Fink - Delírios de Hollywood  »

Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$6,153,939 (USA)
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Trivia

The picture of the girl at the beach hanging on Barton's hotel room wall is recreated in episode 3 of season 3 of the TV series Fargo. In Los Angeles to investigate a murder, the Minnesota police officer takes a side trip to the beach. See more »

Goofs

After Barton tacks up the first strip of wallpaper, he smoothes out the second strip and, in close-up, we see that the first thumbtack is not there. See more »

Quotes

Jack Lipnick: Look Bart, barring a preference we're going to put you on a wrestling picture, Wallace Beery. I say this because they tell me you know the poetry of the streets, so that would rule out westerns, pirate pictures, screwball, Bible, Roman... look, I'm not one of those guys who thinks poetic has got to be fruity. We're together on that aren't we? I mean I'm from New York myself, well, Minsk if you want to go all the way back. Which we won't, if you don't mind and I ain't asking. Now people are ...
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Referenced in Fear X (2003) 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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Deep, meaningful, slow, and boring.
28 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First it should be noted that this is not so much a comedy as a comedy/drama. The comedy parts are indeed funny, but there aren't that many of them. The drama parts are desperately slow and dull, but the entire movie is absolutely rife with metaphor and symbolic meaning. Also, the acting performances are fantastic.

So if you're the kind of person who likes to think about every possible idea the filmmakers could have been intending to communicate in every scene, then you'll have a great time with this movie, but if you prefer a story that moves from plot point to plot point at a reasonable pace, then you might find this very hard to sit through.

Personally, I felt the filmmakers were trying to beat me over the head with symbolism, metaphor, and atmosphere to try to make a point that most people already agree with.


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