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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 »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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the Coen's most ambiguous work; the older cousin to Lynch's Mulholland Drive See more (211 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)

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)
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
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: The hand that Chet uses to stop the bell ringing.See more »
Jack Lipnick:It's supposed to be about big men! In tights! Both physically and mentally!See more »


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14 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
the Coen's most ambiguous work; the older cousin to Lynch's Mulholland Drive, 17 December 2005
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Barton Fink, much like a Lynch film as mentioned, or something along the lines of a totally surrealist work, plays on the themes like music, and offers up some waiting, strange images, even stranger, brand-name Coen-brothers characters, and a climax that plays into what the film is about so much it almost nails it hard on the head. At the same time, it's a dark comedy about the B-Hollywood picture world, and writing in general. Half of the movie, like 'Drive', is more straightforward, and then it goes right into the depths of a nightmarish mind-molder. A lot of times it's less funny than it is more tragic-comic, with it's hero occasionally meeting a character that provides laughs, big ones, and then quiet, brooding sensations. And that wallpaper that just wont stick. Starring is John Turturro, winning a Cannes acting award for his truly uncomfortable, often burnt and often perpetually uncertain but life-filled title character, is blocked.

Who could blame him when forced by contract into a wrestling picture for an old-time studio head (Michael Lerner, who has show-stealer scenes), getting no advice from his once-idol-now-drunkard writer Mayhew, and only company being a surly, un-commonly genteel fellow from next door named Charlie (John Goodman), and the writer's 'secretary'? As Fink tries to find what the 'essence' of what he needs to write for this formulaic picture, Charlie keeps stopping by, things keeps revolving around him in the frustrated Hollywood scheme, and he goes in over his head. But what makes him go over his head? The Coen's solve this possible problem in terms of their surreal-like, trick-playing and mood heavy technique by making the hotel Fink is staying at have its own sort of character, the walls and the images (i.e. the painting, typewriter, ceiling) all apart of what's closing in on him. Roger Deakins, first-time DP with the brothers, gets long, cavernous hallway shots. And then there's Turturro himself, quite the eccentric here and there, but really is the most sane guy when given the other characters.

There's such eccentricity here, and so many potentials for deranged humor and even beautiful shots of this sort of 'hell', that you almost can't hope but think something has to come out of this. What climaxes is indeed one of the Coen's very best. I've seen Barton Fink twice now, and I've almost had the same reaction to it both times, with a greater appreciation for all of the dream-like qualities of the film this time (and also having gone through more of the Lynch and Bunuel and films like that). But you do have to 'give' yourself to the film (hate to use that term, but it's true for here). I could see someone getting bored with this movie- certainly not I, though then again it's such a particular thing (unless dealing with Fargo or O Brother Where Art Thou) to recommend a Coen brothers movie to the masses. Especially this time around, when the duo were working their way through a block on a much more 'mainstream' movie for them (Miller's Crossing), that some of the symbolism, if it even is sometimes, will go over people's heads. Indeed, here and there I could sense a possibility for pretentious moments to slip through.

They didn't for me, and that was thanks to the main three things the film won for at Cannes- the calm, seething direction, the inhibited, magnetically odd acting from Tuturro, and the production values all combined. When it comes time to read off the names of the best surrealist works of the last twenty years of the 20th century, this deserves a place among some of the more well-know Lynch and Cronenberg films.

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