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Barton Fink (1991)

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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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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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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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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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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,153,939 (USA)
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Trivia

Is the Hotel Earle hell?
  • When Chet first appears he comes out of a door on the floor after it takes him a long while to reach the top, like if he was ascending from the underworld.


  • The word "six" is said three times in the elevator.


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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 »

Quotes

Jack Lipnick: It's the carrot that wags the dog.
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References Sullivan's Travels (1941) See more »

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DOWN SOUTH CAMP MEETING
by Irving Mills and Fletcher Henderson
Published by Mills Music, Inc.
Courtesy of EMI Music Publishing
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Character treasure trove
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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