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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
Didier Flamand ...
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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From the book by Charles Bukowski See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

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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Trivia

Sean Penn was the first choice for the role of Henry Chinaski. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Lili Taylor's character changes out of her high heel shoes the reflection of the dolly tracks is visible in the polished stone of the building. 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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 2 September 2006 (2006) 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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A nasty boring movie about a nasty boring character
16 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Factotum is slightly redeemed by some good acting from the female characters, and a determined effort not to hide from the basic fact that the main character is an obnoxious, violent, unpleasant man. The trouble is that he is not very interesting, either. None of the characters has much to warm to or be interested by. The only sometimes-sympathetic character seems to have a split personality, which I put down to a crap script rather than anything deep and meaningful in the movie. Well-photographed, and generally professional production all round, but it failed to convince me that there was any worth in its subject matter. Matt Dillon seemed to be impersonating an early Jack Nicholson without an ounce of his roguish charm.


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