Factotum (2005)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  29 April 2005 (Norway)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Didier Flamand ...
Tony Endicott (as Tom Lyons)
Dean Brewington ...
Old Black Man
James Cada ...
Bald Man
James Michael Detmar ...
Kurt Schweickhardt ...
Ice Plant Supervisor
Dee Noah ...
Hank's Mother
James Noah ...
Hank's Father
Michael Egan ...
Taxi Office Clerk


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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Release Date:

29 April 2005 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Factotum: A Man Who Performs Many Jobs  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£37,100 (UK) (18 November 2005)


$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 »


The title screen displays: "factotum [a man who preforms many jobs]"--should be "performs many jobs". See more »


[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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I Wish to Weep
Lyrics by Charles Bukowski
Music by Kristin Asbjørnsen
Performed by Dadafon
Mixed by Magnus Torkildsen at Barracuda
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This was just fantastic!
26 March 2006 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

As Barfly is one of my favorite movies of all time, I was very interested in seeing how Matt Dillon would take over the Chinaski reigns. At first it was a little disconcerting because Dillon plays it almost the polar opposite of what Rourke did. While Rourke was out there, Dillon was very quiet but in a hilarious, Jim Jarmusch kind of way. One scene that was so indicative of the writer wanting to be left alone is when a co-worker is looking forward to meeting Chinaski, and the meeting is filled with silence.

Matt Dillon has matured into a great actor and I am glad he was nominated for Crash, and I would like to see him nominated for this too. Marisa Tomei and Lili Taylor were also wonderful. There are two scenes that are taken directly from Barfly, which is also interesting to see. Any fan of Bukowski's work must see this excellent film

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