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

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Wanda Wilcox
Gloria LeRoy ...
Grandma Moses
Harry Cohn ...
Joe Rice ...
Old Man in Bar
Julie 'Sunny' Pearson ...
Hooker in Bar
Donald L. Norden ...
Man in Alley
Wil Albert ...
Hal Shafer ...
Zeke Manners ...
Roger (as Zeek Manners)
Pearl Shear ...
Rik Colitti ...
Jack, The Window Washer
Michael Collins ...
Elbow Inn Bartender
Ronald G. Joseph ...
Liquor Store Clerk (as Ron Joseph)
Damon Hines ...
Black Kid
Black Kid
Cop (as Carlos Cervantes)
Peter Conti ...
Vance Colvig Jr. ...
Alcoholic Man (as Vance Colvig)
Stacey Pickren ...
Lady Manager
Gary Cox ...
Albert Henderson ...
Sandy Rose ...
Louie's Woman
Madalyn Carol ...
Young Girl Hooker
Loverbird Man
Debby Lynn Ross ...
Loverbird Woman (as Debbie Lynn Ross)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by

Barbet Schroeder

Written by

Charles Bukowski ... (written by)

Produced by

Jack Baran ... associate producer
Yoram Globus ... executive producer
Menahem Golan ... executive producer
Tom Luddy ... producer
Fred Roos ... producer
Bruce Rubenstein ... assistant producer
Barbet Schroeder ... producer

Music by

Jack Baran

Cinematography by

Robby Müller

Film Editing by

Éva Gárdos

Editorial Department

Thomas Paul Croce ... assistant editor
Denise de Casabianca ... consultant: editing
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen ... post-production coordinator
Wende Phifer Mate ... assistant editor
Wendy J. Plump ... assistant editor (as Wendy Plump)
Angelo Russo ... color timer
Anne-Marie Vitello ... negative cutter
Ron Vitello ... negative cutter

Casting By

Nancy Lara-Hansch ... (as Nancy Lara)
Robert MacDonald
Pat Orseth

Production Design by

Bob Ziembicki

Set Decoration by

Lisa Dean

Costume Design by

Milena Canonero

Makeup Department

Leslie Ann Anderson ... hair stylist
Jane Carvell ... hair stylist: Ms. Dunaway
Ken Diaz ... makeup supervisor
Genice Jarvis ... hair stylist: Mr. Rourke
Gary Liddiard ... makeup artist: Ms. Dunaway
William Snyder ... makeup artist

Production Management

Michael Alden ... post-production supervisor
Alain Jakubowicz ... post-production supervisor
Christopher Pearce ... unit production manager
Michelle Solotar ... production supervisor
Roni Ya'ackov ... executive in charge of production (as Rony Yacov)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jack Baran ... first assistant director
Nilo Otero ... second assistant director

Art Department

Milena Canonero ... visual consultant
Kelly Deco ... scenic artist
Amanda J. Flick ... scenic artist (as Amanda Flick)
Jonathan R. Hodges ... assistant property master
Sosie Hublitz ... set dresser
Kevin Hughes ... property master
Myron Meisel ... artistic consultant
John Smart ... set dresser
Tim Trimble ... scenic artist
Frank Viviano ... construction coordinator

Sound Department

Vanessa Theme Ament ... foley artist (as Vanessa Ament)
Douglas Axtell ... boom operator (as Doug Axtell)
Barbara Barnaby ... dialogue editor
Douglas Brumer ... assistant sound editor (as Doug Brumer)
Baird Bryant ... dialogue editor
Jeff Burman ... apprentice sound editor
Christine Danelski ... assistant sound editor
Zack Davis ... effects editor (as Zak Davis)
Robert Fitzgerald ... sound supervisor (as Robert A. Fitzgerald Jr.)
David Gertz ... recordist: dubbing, The Disney Sound Facility
Stanley B. Gill ... sound recordist
Tommy Goodwin ... adr mixer
Robin Harlan ... foley artist
Petur Hliddal ... sound mixer
David J. Hudson ... re-recording mixer: The Disney Sound Facility (as Dave Hudson)
Mel Metcalfe ... re-recording mixer: The Disney Sound Facility (as Mel Metcalf)
Terry Porter ... re-recording mixer: The Disney Sound Facility (as Terry Porter C.A.S.)
Hari Ryatt ... sound supervisor
Hamilton Sterling ... effects editor
Robert Ulrich ... dialogue editor
Joel Valentine ... effects recordist
Fred Wasser ... sound effects editor
Marian Wilde ... foley editor
John Duvall ... sound editor (uncredited)
Ed Fassl ... sound editor (uncredited)
Tommy Goodwin ... foley mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Clive R. Kay ... special effects contact lenses


Michael Adams ... stunts
Diane Hetfield ... stunts
Steve Kelso ... stunts
Steven Lambert ... stunts
Diane Peterson ... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross ... stunts (as Debbie Lynn Ross)
George Marshall Ruge ... stunts
Buddy Van Horn ... stunts
Webster Whinery ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

Jack Anderson ... additional camera operator
Bill Bumby ... dolly grip
Andrew Cooper ... still photographer
Paul Ferrara ... key grip
Jim Grce ... electrician
Frieder Hocheim ... gaffer
Mike Hodges ... best boy grip (as Michael Hodges)
Peter Jensen ... steadicam operator
Chris Lombardi ... first assistant camera (as Cris Lombardi)
Kyle T. MacDowell ... grip
David Sireika Jr. ... grip (as David Sireika)
Rob Sweeney ... second assistant camera
Gary H. Swink ... best boy electric (as Gary Swink)

Casting Department

Davia Nelson ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Dayna Cussler ... wardrobe assistant
Ricki Fournier ... key set costume (as Ricki Renee Fournier)
Eileen Kennedy ... costume supervisor

Location Management

Ross Fanger ... location manager

Music Department

Jack Baran ... music editor
Donald Dunn ... composer: song "Hip Hug-Her"
Paula Erickson ... music supervisor
Stephanie Lee ... music coordinator

Script and Continuity Department

Leslie Park ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Jimmy Jones ... transportation coordinator
Joel Renfro ... transportation coordinator

Additional Crew

Alan Abrams ... business and legal affairs
Frans J. Afman ... motion picture banking
Wenden K. Baldwin ... title designer
Francis Ford Coppola ... presenter
Brian Gendece ... head of creative affairs
Jerry Goldberg ... production assistant
Cindy Hochman ... supervising production coordinator
Leslie Lehr ... production coordinator (as Lesli J. Lehr)
Rick Nathanson ... production executive
Kyle Seidenbaum ... title designer
Joe Straw ... production accountant
Ann Wright ... unit publicist

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Plot Summary

Henry Chinaski never cared for the American dream, the thought of needing to become 'something' and fit into the system disgusts him. He believes that life is free and yours to live like you see fit, and if that in some cases involves copious amounts of whiskey then so be it. Henry spends his days drinking and listening to the radio, and he spends his nights drinking and fighting against Eddy who he thinks personifies shallowness and shameless self promoting. Sometimes in the middle of this he finds the time to jot down a few lines of poetry or a short story. After fighting Eddy and winning for a change Henry is thrown out of his regular bar where Eddy is a bartender. This leads him to seek another watering hole where he happens to find Wanda who is a barfly, in her own words "if another man came along with a fifth of whiskey, I'd go with him". Henry is not fazed by this thou and moves in with her. Of course Wanda immediately goes off and sleeps with Eddy, but after some clothes throwing and two visits from the paramedics Henry and Wanda manage to patch up their relationship. Then Henry gets a visit from a literary agent who has decided to publish one of his stories that he sent in because he "liked the name of the mag". He follows the agent home to her place in order to receive his payment and with the help of a little whiskey sleeps with her. When he leaves to go back to the bar and back to Wanda the agent is heartbroken, she sees something special in Henry and has fallen in love with him. She follows him to his usual bar and gets into a cat fight with Wanda that Wanda wins. In celebration of new found love, happiness and money Henry buys a round for everyone at the bar and toasts them "to my friends!" Written by Erik Wallen

Plot Keywords
Taglines Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Szenen eines wüsten Lebens (Germany)
  • El borracho (Spain)
  • Szenen eines wüsten Lebens (West Germany)
  • バーフライ (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Barfly - Moscone da bar (Italy)
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  • 100 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $45,900, 18 Oct 1987

Did You Know?

Trivia The apartment building where Wanda's apartment was located was an actual building where Charles Bukowski and his lover Jane Baker Cooley, the real-life counterparts to Henry and Wanda, had lived. No one knew this until Bukowski, who was watching the filming, remembered. See more »
Goofs Henry calls an ambulance and gives address of apartment building as 334, while in scene earlier that day building is clearly marked 360. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Suspect/Killing Time/Barfly/Weeds/Hope and Glory (1987). See more »
Soundtracks Hip Hug-Her See more »
Quotes Wanda: I can't stand people, I hate them.
Henry: Oh yeah?
Wanda: Do you hate them?
Henry: No, but I seem to feel better when they're not around.
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