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Factotum (2005)

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This drama centers on Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter-ego of "Factotum" author Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los Angeles, CA trying to live off jobs which don't interfere with his primary interest, which is writing. Along the way, he fends off the distractions offered by women, drinking and gambling.

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Cast

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Jan
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Pierre
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Manny
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Jerry
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Grace
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Tony Endicott (as Tom Lyons)
Dean Brewington ...
Old Black Man
James Cada ...
Bald Man
James Michael Detmar ...
Smithson
Kurt Schweickhardt ...
Ice Plant Supervisor
Dee Noah ...
Hank's Mother
James Noah ...
Hank's Father
Michael Egan ...
Taxi Office Clerk
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Storyline

Self-declared aspiring writer Hank Chinaski has neither qualifications, ambition nor ethics. Any dead-end job he lands is soon lost through laziness or mischief. His relationship with fellow deadbeat Jan gets strained to crisis through her insecurity, so he even gives up betting on horses which brought in easy money. Written by KGF Vissers

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writing | money | gambling | drinking | writer | See more »

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What matters most is how well you walk through the fire. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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29 April 2005 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Factotum: A Man Who Performs Many Jobs  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$59,212 (USA) (18 August 2006)

Gross:

$808,221 (USA) (8 December 2006)
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Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke, who played brothers in Francis Ford Coppola's cult film Rumble Fish (1983), have both played the role of Henry Chinaski (Rourke played in Barfly (1987)). See more »

Goofs

Despite being set in Los Angeles, the Minneapolis location is given away by the name of the racetrack: Canterbury Park. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ice Plant Supervisor: Chinaski! Hey! Chinaski, come on out here! You got a drivers license, don't you?
Henry Chinaski: Yeah.
Ice Plant Supervisor: I got a driver out sick today. We got some rush orders we need to get out right away. I need you to make these deliveries.
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Referenced in Hand of Glory (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 3 in F Major, op 90
(Excerpts)
Music by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Symphony Nova Scotia
Conducted by Georg Tintner
By courtesy of NAXOS
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Captures the essence of Bukowski
29 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is difficult to describe to non-fans of Bukowski the power and meaning behind his words. It is much more difficult to create a movie based on one of his novels. Bent Hamer has done just that and done it well. Often there is a sharp contrast between a writer's identity and their day to day persona. With Bukowski, that contrast is nearly non-existent. He lived every raw word he wrote and Hamer brings it to life on the screen. Did Bukowski live to write or was he writing to live? The likely answer is yes to both. However, the movie leaves this question for the viewer to answer.

Kudos must also go to fine performances by Matt Dillon, Lily Taylor, and Marisa Tomei for bring the Buk's fictional alter-ego Chinaski and his women to life.


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