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Barton Fink -- New York intellectual Barton Fink comes to Hollywood in 1941 to write a screenplay, but he soon finds himself with a severe case of writer's block as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him from his task.
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Joel Coen (written by) &
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Release Date:
21 August 1991 (USA) See more »
What's in his head See more »
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Another Coen Brothers Classic!!! See more (216 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Turturro ... Barton Fink

John Goodman ... Charlie Meadows

Judy Davis ... Audrey Taylor

Michael Lerner ... Jack Lipnick

John Mahoney ... W.P. Mayhew

Tony Shalhoub ... Ben Geisler

Jon Polito ... Lou Breeze

Steve Buscemi ... Chet
David Warrilow ... Garland Stanford

Richard Portnow ... Detective Mastrionotti

Christopher Murney ... Detective Deutsch
I.M. Hobson ... Derek

Meagen Fay ... Poppy Carnahan (as Megan Faye)

Lance Davis ... Richard St. Claire

Harry Bugin ... Pete
Anthony Gordon ... Maitre D'
Jack Denbo ... Stagehand

Max Grodénchik ... Clapper Boy
Robert Beecher ... Referee
Darwyn Swalve ... Wrestler
Gayle Vance ... Geisler's Secretary
Johnny Judkins ... Sailor

Jana Marie Hupp ... USO Girl
Isabelle Townsend ... Beauty
William Preston Robertson ... Voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mamie Jean Calvert ... Background (uncredited)

Joe James ... Mailman (voice) (uncredited)

Frances McDormand ... Stage Actress (voice) (uncredited)

Bubba Dean Rambo ... Banquet Dancer (uncredited)

Barry Sonnenfeld ... Page Calling for Barton Fink (uncredited)

Vincent Tumeo ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Coen 
Ethan Coen (uncredited)
Writing credits
Joel Coen (written by) &
Ethan Coen (written by)

Produced by
Ben Barenholtz .... executive producer
Ethan Coen .... producer
Bill Durkin .... executive producer
Jim Pedas .... executive producer
Ted Pedas .... executive producer
Graham Place .... co-producer
Joel Coen .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
Cinematography by
Roger Deakins (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ethan Coen  (as Roderick Jaynes)
Joel Coen  (as Roderick Jaynes)
Casting by
Donna Isaacson 
John S. Lyons  (as John Lyons)
Production Design by
Dennis Gassner 
Art Direction by
Robert C. Goldstein  (as Bob Goldstein)
Leslie McDonald 
Set Decoration by
Nancy Haigh 
Costume Design by
Richard Hornung 
Makeup Department
Fríða Aradóttir .... hair stylist (as Frida Aradottir)
Jean Ann Black .... makeup artist (as Jean Black)
Sarah Gaye Deal .... makeup assistant (as Sarah Deal)
Keith Edmier .... special makeup assistant
Scott Frelick .... hair assistant
Peggy Hannaman .... assistant hair stylist
Tom Hinds .... hair assistant
Rick Lazzarini .... special makeup effects artist
Denise Van Arsdale-West .... assistant makeup artist
Julie A. Welsh .... makeup assistant (as Julie Ann Welsh)
Joel Harlow .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
James DeMeaux .... post-production supervisor
Alma Kuttruff .... production manager
Ron Neter .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Camp III .... first assistant director
Tom Gamble .... second second assistant director
Randall Newsome .... second assistant director
Art Department
J. Todd Anderson .... storyboard artist
Paige Augustine .... assistant decorator
Alice Baker .... on-set dresser
Randall Baughman .... construction foreman
Bobby Bednar .... carpenter
Barbara Benz .... property master
Karla Bergstrom .... set painter
Ella St. John Blakey .... carpenter
Beth Bronson .... set painter
Robert Brown .... carpenter
Linda Cathey .... swing gang
Bryan Corbett .... carpenter (as Bryan K. Corbett)
Michael D'Imperio .... assistant property master (as Michael Dimperio)
Michael T. Daigle .... scenic artist (as Michael Daigle)
Frank Darlington .... set painter
Charles Faithorn .... set painter
Richard Fernandez .... set designer
Gerard Forrest .... carpenter
Jodi Fuchs .... set painter
Kristen Gassner .... props assistant
Claire Gaul .... assistant decorator
Robert Greenfield .... leadman
Keith Hill .... carpenter
John Hirtle .... carpenter
Gilbert Johnquest .... stand-by scenic
Allan Johnson .... carpenter
Jim Landis .... set dresser
Leslie 'Tinker' Linville .... set dresser
Kim McDonald .... construction coordinator
Louis Medrano .... set painter
Scott Plauche .... assistant art director
Elizabeth Prejean .... set painter
Anthony Simonaitis .... carpenter
Chris Snyder .... construction foreman
Chris L. Spellman .... swing gang (as Chris Spellman)
Joseph Torres .... carpenter
Andy Wedemeyer .... carpenter
Wallace W. Wright .... assistant scenic artist (as Wallace Wright)
Claire Cutt .... set painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Allan Byer .... production sound mixer
Jean Marie Carroll .... sound recordist
Missy Cohen .... apprentice sound editor
Randall Coleman .... assistant sound editor (as Randy Coleman)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
William Docker .... assistant sound editor (as Bill Docker)
Harry Higgins .... sound re-recordist
Bradford L. Hohle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Kerry Kelley .... sound re-recordist
Frank Kern .... sound editor
Peter F. Kurland .... boom operator
Blake Leyh .... sound editor
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Marissa Littlefield .... sound editor
Bruce Pross .... foley supervisor
Anne Sawyer .... assistant sound editor
Gail Showalter .... adr editor
Philip Stockton .... dialogue supervisor
Dominick Tavella .... foley mixer
Steven Visscher .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Roy Goode .... special effects
Tom Griep .... special effects
Donald Krause .... special effects (as Don Krause)
Donn Markel .... special effects
Robert L. Olmstead .... special effects
Laurel Schneider .... special effects coordinator
Robert Spurlock .... special effects supervisor
Richard Stutsman .... special effects foreman
Joe Viskocil .... special effects foreman (as Joseph Viskocil)
Visual Effects by
Scott Schneider .... model maker (uncredited)
Billy Bates .... stunt player
Christine Anne Baur .... stunt player (as Christine Baur)
Michael Carr .... stunt player
Fernando Celis .... stunt player
George B. Colucci Jr. .... stunt player (as George Colucci)
David Efron .... stunt player (as Dave Efron)
Lance Gilbert .... stunt player
Mickey Gilbert .... stunt player
John Gillespie .... stunt player
Ben Jensen .... stunt player
Ethan Jensen .... stunt player
Gary Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Kim Robert Koscki .... stunt player (as Kim Koscki)
A. Michael Lerner .... stunt player
Hugh McAfee .... stunt player
Dennis Motes .... stunt player
Billy Oliver .... stunt player (as Bill Oliver)
David Powledge .... stunt player
Keith Tellez .... stunt player
Kim Robert Koscki .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin T. Caffrey .... grip (as Kevin Caffrey)
Saul Cohen .... electrician
Melinda Sue Gordon .... production still photographer
Bruce Hamme .... dolly grip
Toulouse Holliday .... grip
Jeremy Knaster .... electrician
Robena Malicoat .... grip
Joey McCalla .... camera department assistant
Charlie McIntyre .... electrician (as Chuck McIntyre)
Mark O'Kane .... Steadicam operator
Bill O'Leary .... gaffer
Susan Pollack .... second assistant camera
Scott Andrew Ressler .... first assistant camera (as Scott Ressler)
Brian H. Reynolds .... key grip (as Brian Reynolds)
Joe Ritter .... Steadicam assistant
Jonathon E. Salzman .... electrician (as Jon Salzman)
Don Simandl .... best boy grip (as Donny Simandl)
Scott Williams .... best boy electric
Darwin Montana Browne .... grip (uncredited)
Robin Melhuish .... assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michael Heit .... extras casting
Christine Sheaks .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kimberly Adams-Galligan .... assistant costume designer (as Kimberly Adams)
Bo Boreanaz .... costume assistant
Marsha Bozeman .... assistant wardrobe supervisor (as Marsha Brand)
Mark Bridges .... assistant costume designer
Eden Clark Coblenz .... costume assistant (as Eden Clark)
Jan Finnell .... costume assistant
Alexandria Forster .... costume assistant
Steven McDermott .... costume assistant
Lahly Poore .... wardrobe supervisor
Jana Stern .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Michael Berenbaum .... associate editor
Tricia Cooke .... assistant editor
Tom Salvatore .... color timer
John Dowdell .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Scott Ansell .... additional music engineer
Emile Charlap .... musicians contractor
Gary Chester .... additional music engineer
Edmund Choi .... assistant to composer
Michael Farrow .... music scoring mixer
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Sonny Kompanek .... conductor
Transportation Department
Robert K. Johnson .... driver: camera sound (as Rob Johnson)
Stephen A. Latina .... driver: production van (as Stephen Latina)
Dan Marrow .... transportation captain
Kenny Searle .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Alex Albanese .... production assistant
Catherine Anderson .... production assistant
Lissa Barker .... assistant location manager
Carl Beyer .... production assistant
Dior Chase .... purchaser
John Cummings .... production assistant
Suzanne De Grandis .... controller (as Suzanne DeGrandis)
Genevieve Duraire .... assistant auditor
Robert Grindrod .... auditor
Tom Hoeck .... medic set production assistant
Brian Jochum .... production assistant
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor
Sidney J. Lambert .... craft service (as Sid Lambert)
Bill Landrum .... choreographer
Jacqui Landrum .... choreographer
Tracy McCollum .... assistant production coordinator
Amy Ness .... location manager
Judi Rosner .... production coordinator
Joan Schneider .... production assistant
David Weissman .... Mark Silverman fellow
Larry Wilcox .... source arrangements
Stephanie Zessos .... production assistant
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (uncredited)
Senor Greazer .... special thanks (as Señor Greazer)
Jan Kelly .... special thanks
Hilary Nye .... special thanks (as Hilary Ney)
Rob Taub .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language and some scenes of violence
116 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The first voice heard in the movie, an actor on the stage performing Barton's play, is John Turturro's.See more »
Continuity: The hand that Chet uses to stop the bell ringing.See more »
Charlie:I could tell you some stories...
Barton:Sure you could and yet many writers do everything in their power to insulate themselves from the common man, from where they live, from where they trade, from where they fight and love and converse and...
Barton:So naturally their work suffers and regresses into empty formalism and... well I'm spouting off again, but to put it in your language, the theatre becomes as phony as a three-dollar bill!
Charlie:Well I guess that's a tragedy right there!
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60 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
Another Coen Brothers Classic!!!, 21 May 2007
Author: RaiderJack from San Francisco CA USA

I recently purchased "Barton Fink" along with "Miller's Crossinhg", another Coen Brothers gem.

Barton Fink quite simply is a writer who cannot see the forest for the trees. He is so taken with the fact that he is a writer that he can't write. He is so idealistic that he misses fantastic opportunities to become a writer for the ages because he wastes precious time proselytizing. John Goodman perfectly sums up everyone's frustration with Barton Fink when after a series of unfortunate occurrences, Barton asks him "Why me?" to which John's character answers "Because you don't LISTEN!" Set in 1930s Hollywood we follow the exploits of a one-hit wonder, Barton Fink, who has written a successful Broadway play and is summoned by the powers that be to Hollywood. After much cajoling to take the job from his agent, Barton arrives in Los Angeles determined to become the writer for the common man where he insists true stories live. The trouble with Barton, however, is he does not have time for the common man because he has so romanticized their lot as well as his particular quest in speaking for them.

Excellent performances from John Turturo, John Goodman, Judy Davis, John Polito (often overlooked, but his scenes ALWAYS become his!!) and the inimitable Tony Shaloub.

I have decided after a slew of Coen Brothers films I currently have in my collection, that any project these guys are involved with deserve more than passing scrutiny.

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