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Factotum -- Matt Dillon portrays Henry Chinaski, a writer who mostly quests for booze and fast women. Based on the book by Charles Bukowski.
Factotum -- 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 t
Factotum -- Henry Chinaski is a writer who mostly quests for booze and fast women yet finds poetry in life's pleasure and pain. Based on Charles Bukowski's book.

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Release Date:
29 April 2005 (Norway) See more »
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What matters most is how well you walk through the fire. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Matt Dillon ... Hank Chinaski

Lili Taylor ... Jan
Didier Flamand ... Pierre

Fisher Stevens ... Manny

Marisa Tomei ... Laura

Adrienne Shelly ... Jerry

Karen Young ... Grace

Thomas Lyons ... 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
Terry Hempleman ... Superintendant Barnes
Emily Hynnek ... Stripper (as Emily 'Sophia Simone' Hynnek)
Wayne Morton ... Mantz
Tony Papenfuss ... John Handler
Lana Schwab ... Mrs. Adams
Sally Wingert ... Payroll Lady
Robert Downing Davis ... George Henley
Bryan J. Walker ... Pharmacist
Dan Lee Jr. ... Elf
Peter Moore ... Editor
Bruce Bohne ... Auto Parts Manager
Larry Roupe ... Pete
Chris Carlson ... Liquor Store Clerk
Stephen D'Ambrose ... Mailman
Emil Herrera ... Mendoza

Michelle Hutchison ... Young Lady
Andy Hubbell ... Employment Office Man
Martin Marinaro ... Bartender
Raye Birk ... Heathercliff
Stephen Pelinski ... Mr. Hansen
Stanley Kipper ... Spencer
Brent Doyle ... McBride

John Paul Gamoke ... Peters
Jim Lichtscheidl ... Calloway (as James Lichtscheidl)
Jay Gjernes ... Truck Driver
Clyde Lund ... Employment Office Clerk

Debbie DeLisi ... Bartender
George McGuire ... Carson Gentry
Brad Madson ... Tailor
Gary Tournier ... Bar Patron
Esera Tuaolo ... Laura's Bar Bartender
John Nadeau ... Sleeping Man
Cathi Cooper ... Bar Patron
Carole Samuelson ... Bar Patron
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matthew Feeney ... Harry Berglund (scenes deleted)

Stephanie Allensworth ... Woman on the Street / Patron at the Racetrack (uncredited)

Jim Brockhohn ... Bartender (uncredited)

Jimmy Brockhohn ... Gambler (uncredited)

Clint Clark ... Horse Race Fan (uncredited)

Joseph Courtemanche ... Bouncer in Bar Scene (uncredited)

Frank Crandell ... Man Drinking Beer Next To Ms. Tomei (uncredited)
Christopher Day ... 2nd Man Placing Bet (uncredited)
Chuck Erickson ... Man In Bar (uncredited)
Jon Foss ... Horse Race Spectator (uncredited)

Diane Kelson ... Woman on Fire Escape (uncredited)
Bryan Kosluchar ... Horse Race Gambler (uncredited)

Punnavith Koy ... Spectator (uncredited)
Nels Lennes ... Man Going to Work (uncredited)
Shawn McNulty ... Bike Shop Worker (uncredited)

Doua Moua ... Spectator (uncredited)
Lisa Pechmiller ... Spectator (uncredited)
Geoff Schilz ... Man Placing Bet (uncredited)

Christina Sedlacek ... Spectator (uncredited)
Annie Wallick ... Woman on Street (uncredited)

Donny West ... Taxi Class Student (uncredited)

Jim Westcott ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Bent Hamer 
 
Writing credits
Charles Bukowski (novel)

Bent Hamer (written by) and
Jim Stark (written by)

Produced by
Karl Baumgartner .... associate producer
Reinhold Elschot .... associate producer
Bent Hamer .... producer
Rainer Mockert .... associate producer
Peter Nadermann .... associate producer
Jim Stark .... producer
Christine K. Walker .... executive producer (as Christine Kunewa Walker)
Meinolf Zurhorst .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Kristin Asbjørnsen 
 
Cinematography by
John Christian Rosenlund (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Pål Gengenbach 
 
Production Design by
Eve Cauley  (as Eve Cauley Turner)
 
Set Decoration by
Sarah Kruchowski  (as Sarah Jean Kruckowski)
Kate Sheeley 
 
Costume Design by
Tere Duncan 
 
Makeup Department
Natalie A. Hale .... additional makeup artist (as Natalie Hale)
Sherry Heart .... key hair stylist
Patricia Regan .... makeup designer
Tara Smith .... hair stylist: Marisa Tomei
 
Production Management
Devorah DeVries .... production manager
Jason Cooper Hall .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jason Cooper Hall .... second assistant director: dayplayer
Matt Holz .... second second assistant director
Eric D. Howell .... second assistant director (as Eric Howell)
Paul B. Johnson .... first assistant director
Atsuko Sato .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Cheri Anderson .... set dresser
Paul Berglund .... assistant property master
Jennie Bond .... graphic designer
Kelsey Cramer .... production assistant: props
Mindy Harris .... property master
Oceana Lawler Larsen .... set dresser
Evan Morris .... construction foreman
Savannah Rhomberg-Reich .... head painter
Paul Rothmeier .... carpenter
Andrew Shea .... draftsperson
Mark S. Turner .... art department associate (as Mark Steven Turner)
David Underhill .... lead person (as Dave Underhill)
 
Sound Department
Ken Chastain .... sound recordist
Petter Fladeby .... sound designer
Petter Fladeby .... sound re-recording mixer
Cully Gallagher .... boom operator
Micki Joanni .... synchron editor
Christopher Riley .... production assistant: sound department
John L. Sims Jr. .... production sound mixer (as John L. Sims Jr.)
John L. Sims Jr. .... sound recordist (as John L. Sims Jr.)
John Sims .... production sound mixer (as John L. Sims Jr.)
John Sims .... sound recordist (as John L. Sims Jr.)
Richard Sveen .... sound editor
Erik S. Watland .... foley artist
Kevin Wilson .... adr
 
Visual Effects by
Torgeir Busch .... visual effects
Aksel Jermstad .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Rose M. Frazier .... stunts
Eric D. Howell .... stunt coordinator (as Eric Howell)
Peter Moore .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tristan Allen .... camera production assistant: video
Sebastián Almeida .... first assistant camera
Ray Attridge .... electrician
Eddie Cohen .... lighting technician
Edward Cohen .... gaffer (as Eddie Cohen)
Joseph Gallup .... key grip
Fernando Gayesky .... camera operator
Fernando Gayesky .... director of photography: second unit
Tony Hanson .... grip
Mark Higashino .... still photographer
Travis Hottinger .... electrician
Marty Jurek .... camera production assistant (as Martin Jurek)
Kevin Karpinski .... best boy grip
Yoshiji D. Katagiri .... electrician
Damian Kussian .... grip
Michael Lindquist .... second assistant camera (as Michael V. Lindquist)
Chris Malone .... best boy electric
Lucas McCarter .... grip
David S. Pope .... dolly grip (as David Pope)
Shannon Schaefer .... grip
Randall Smith .... first assistant camera: second unit
Michael Winn .... electrician
Dean Woytcke .... grip
 
Casting Department
Lynn Blumenthal .... casting director: Minneapolis
Marisa Collins .... extras casting assistant
Debbie DeLisi .... extras casting
Carolyn Deters .... extras casting intern
Matthew Feeney .... extras casting associate
Kaari Moen .... extras casting intern
Amber Lee Olivier .... extras casting assistant (as Amber Lee Olson)
Jay Runquist .... extras casting intern
Lisa Stearns .... extras casting intern
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Fiscus .... wardrobe supervisor
Amy Pickering .... costume design assistant: New York City
Hannah Walker .... wardrobe assistant
Hannah Walter .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Liv Risvaag .... colorist
Camilla Holst Vea .... film scanning
Darren Roark .... digital color corrector (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jostein Ansnes .... music mixer
Jostein Ansnes .... music recordist
Trygve Brøske .... composer: organ music
Thomas Henriksen .... music recordist
Magnus Torkildsen .... music mixer
Magnus Torkildsen .... music recordist
Peer Espen Ursfjord .... music recordist
 
Transportation Department
Michael Kennedy .... transportation captain (as Mike Kennedy)
Brenton McCracken .... transportation coordinator
Rajiv Sarin .... driver
Leo Skudlarek .... driver
 
Other crew
Shelli Ainsworth .... location manager
Topper Anton .... set production assistant
Tim Beaufoy .... stand-in: Manny
Robert Becka .... production intern
Michael Boeckmann .... production artwork artist
Megan Alicia Brown .... extras assistant (as Megan Brown)
Andrew Burton .... key set production assistant
Torgeir Busch .... title designer
Joe Dressel .... production intern
Jesse Ehman .... production assistant
Jon Foss .... production intern
Robin Garland .... location coordinator
Kurt W. Gensmer .... set medic
Molly Getty .... assistant to producers
Arzu Gokcen .... assistant: Matt Dillon
Graham Gremore .... clearance coordinator
Mike Griesser .... production intern
David Hansen .... assistant: Matt Dillon (as Dave Hansen)
Mark Har .... location scout
Christianne Hedtke .... production assistant
Aksel Jermstad .... title designer
Lars Johanessen .... title designer: end credits
Todd B. Johnson .... production office intern
Vanessa Miles .... production assistant
Mary Moga .... production secretary (as Mary Louise Moga)
Jamie Molever .... assistant: Ms. Tomei
Thomas G. Page .... assistant production coordinator
Aaron Pikala .... production office assistant
Laurie Pyle .... set medic
Darren Roark .... computer and technical support
Stephen Root .... production intern
Ben Rosenbaum .... assistant: Lilli Taylor
Benjamin Rosenbaum .... assistant: Lilli Taylor (as Benjamin Rosenbaum)
Jason P. Schumacher .... strike crew
Seth Shapiro .... set production assistant
Lisa Stearns .... production intern
Bridget Striker .... production intern
Jill Sweiven .... product placement
Jill Sweiven .... public relations
Julie Swenson .... set publicist
Dylan Thies .... production intern
Joel Thingvall .... location consultant
C. Elizabeth Trumble .... production accountant
Sidney Walker .... location assistant
Lynn Younglove .... script supervisor
Rachel Grubb .... stand-in: Lily (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Linda Saetre .... thanks
Ruth Waldburger .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Factotum: A Man Who Performs Many Jobs" - USA (long title)
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Runtime:
94 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This is the second feature film in which Matt Dillon and Fisher Stevens go to the horse races (the first being The Flamingo Kid (1984)).See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Making of 'Factotum' (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Where Breathing StartsSee more »

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46 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
fresh, fun, funny- fact, 30 November 2005
Author: MrChi from United Kingdom

'A man or woman of all work' is indeed what Matt Dillon is in this out-there adaptation of Bukowski stories. Bent Hamer directs in this brilliant and quirky tale of a man who walks through life doing odd-jobs to fund his booze, gambling and womanising habits.

Henry Chinaski is made real by the always brilliant Matt Dillon. It really is no surprise that Hollywood's former pin-up embodies the part so well, as his perfected mix of sleaze and slack minded cool have made him the renowned actor he is. From 'Over the Edge' in 1979, the award winning 'Drugstore Cowboy' and his recent role as the scarred cop in 'Crash', Dillon really has the ability to expose man's flaws and run to a bar with them.

The film is spliced from various Bukowski writings and follows Chinaski (his alter-ego) around town as he drinks from job to job occasionally taking time to get fired and get laid. Lily Taylor and Marisa Tomei play two of Chinaski's bed-pals with equal sleaze and conviction.

This is not your usual movie in terms of subject matter and execution. It takes a Norwegian director, committed actors and a fantastic performance from Dillon to pull off a story that really is as much a Homage to Bukowski but also a bold attempt to deliver something different, a word not regularly accepted in today's Hollywood run industry. (Hence some of the finance coming from Japan).

From our introduction to Chinaski's routines of getting work and drinking; then losing work and drinking to watching what is essentially a horrible man (his treatment of woman, his lack of respect for anything) we are never really meant to like him. So why do we? It isn't just the looks or square jaw of the lead (Bukowski was the complete opposite) or his fantastic humorous charm but what lies beneath those eyes. Dillon has always been able to make the jerk likable. In this case, we do because he's funny and because we get a tiny glimpse of background reasoning why this man is so talented and yet so flawed. (The real Bukowski suffered a tough childhood and Chinaski's family is only referenced to in a hilarious scene of steak and ass- you'll see what I mean…).

Bent Hamer has accomplished a feat pretty standard in European film-making traditions- light comedy with black undertones outside of the rules of the usual three part formation. This tale could have started anywhere and ended anywhere in this man's life as the selling point it simply having Dillon on screen as this character- that is the story.

Bukowski was a genius who stuck to his loose morality with his back to society. It should be noted that he held down jobs for long periods, one for 12 years while doing what he did best, drinking and gambling but the only time he truly engaged was when he was observing for his writings, looking for funding i.e. work or needed a female drink buddy. He later had works published, hung around with Sean Penn (also considered for the role) and U2 dedicated a song to him.

The cast and crew have created a delightful fresh film that is both funny and dark. The performances are as authentic as ever with a mention going to Lily Taylor's career best performance. This film is a Jack of all trades and seems to have mastered a new one with the tone and atmosphere set perfectly to mirror the down and dirty LA Bukowski became part of.

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