Up 119 this week

Factotum (2005)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  29 April 2005 (Norway)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 11,684 users   Metascore: 71/100
Reviews: 79 user | 117 critic | 25 from

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.



(novel), , 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


The 25 Most Immersive Worlds in Cinema

Highly immersive cinematic worlds can carry a movie, and we've rounded up the best of the best.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 13 Apr 2011
a list of 37 titles
created 16 Jul 2012
a list of 40 titles
created 21 Jul 2014
a list of 47 titles
created 11 months ago
a list of 25 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Factotum" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Factotum (2005)

Factotum (2005) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Factotum.

User Polls

3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Barfly (1987)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Based on the life of successful poet Charles Bukowski and his exploits in Hollywood during the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Director: Barbet Schroeder
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Alice Krige
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Documentary on Charles Bukowski, author of 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man', 'Love Is a Dog from Hell', and the autobiographical novels, 'Women', 'Hollywood', and 'Post Office'.

Director: John Dullaghan
Stars: Charles Bukowski, Bono, John Bryan
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Poet/lecturer Charles Serking awakens from his alcoholic haze long enough to take a bus back to L.A. and plunge into an orgy of drink and sexual depravity.

Director: Marco Ferreri
Stars: Ben Gazzara, Ornella Muti, Susan Tyrrell
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Barbet Schroeder interviews Bukowski.

Director: Barbet Schroeder
Stars: Charles Bukowski, Linda Lee Bukowski, Barbet Schroeder
O'Horten (2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A drama focused on a life-changing moment in 67-year-old train engineer Odd Horten's existence: the evening of his retirement.

Director: Bent Hamer
Stars: Baard Owe, Espen Skjønberg, Ghita Nørby
Crazy Love (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three 'Bukowskian' torrid nights in the life of a man in search of love. Harry Voss, 12, is young and naive. Love, for him, is romantic love between princes and princesses demurely kissing ... See full summary »

Director: Dominique Deruddere
Stars: Josse De Pauw, Geert Hunaerts, Michael Pas
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A scientific observer's job of observing an old cantankerous single man's kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him.

Director: Bent Hamer
Stars: Tomas Norström, Joachim Calmeyer, Bjørn Floberg
The Killers (1984)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A former insurance man and a thief get together and plan to rob a house. However, things don't go as planned, and they wind up getting involved in rape and murder.

Director: Patrick Roth
Stars: Jack Kehoe, Raymond Mayo, Allan Kolman
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The film looks at those who are desperately trying to connect or reconnect with their families, friends, or anyone who will listen.

Director: Bent Hamer
Stars: Nina Andresen Borud, Arianit Berisha, Joachim Calmeyer
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A con man (Dillon) travels to Cambodia (also on the run from law enforcement in the U.S.) to collect his share in an insurance scam, but discovers more than he bargained for...

Director: Matt Dillon
Stars: Matt Dillon, James Caan, Natascha McElhone
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Stars: Charles Bukowski
The Blanket (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Things have not been going well lately for Hank, a reclusive alcoholic who believes his brown blanket is trying to do him in. After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the blanket, Hank... See full summary »

Director: Gary Mrowca
Stars: John Hiler, Anthony Cannata, Debra Rodkin


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Comedy | Drama | Romance


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:




| | | |


Release Date:

29 April 2005 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Factotum: A Man Who Performs Many Jobs  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£37,100 (UK) (18 November 2005)


$808,221 (USA) (8 December 2006)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


On 14 April 2005, in Trondheim, Norway, this became the first movie in the world to be shown with a 4K digital cinema projector. See more »


The want ad that Henry circles contains an incomplete sentence. The first line reads: "Begin in delivery room and work un-" then the second line begins "Contact Mr. Heathercliff". 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.
See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 2 September 2006 (2006) See more »


Symphony No. 3 in F Major, op 90
Music by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Symphony Nova Scotia
Conducted by Georg Tintner
By courtesy of NAXOS
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Hamers take on Bukowski's alter ego
27 June 2005 | by (Tellus) – See all my reviews

Hamer is a wonderful director and is well suited to adapt a life so besoffened as Henry Chinaski's is, with its peculiar humour. That said, the full potential of Bukowski is not realized and probably would never be outside of the books. Its still close though. Some sequences, like for instance, the pickle factory is very funny in true spirit of Buk's work.

What may scare most fans away from this though, is pretty face Matt Dillon. He does not have the personality, understanding or the looks to match Chinaski. This is the main hindrance of this movie. Lili Taylor and Marisa Tomei comes better off, giving solid performances.

If you're a fan of Buk, go check it out. If you're a fan of good cinema, check it out as well. Bent Hamer is a man of vision.

35 of 58 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A good actor to play Bukowski would be... freaky-styley101
Read Factotum and immediately watched this TheDude77
Rogert Ebert review of this movie piry12
Location taylorcp
Speech at the end MrCady
Factotum vanvow
Discuss Factotum (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: