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Barton Fink (1991)

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A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Barton Fink
... Charlie Meadows
... Audrey Taylor
... Jack Lipnick
... W.P. Mayhew
... Ben Geisler
... Lou Breeze
... Chet
David Warrilow ... Garland Stanford
... Detective Mastrionotti
... Detective Deutsch
I.M. Hobson ... Derek
... Poppy Carnahan (as Megan Faye)
... Richard St. Claire
... Pete
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Storyline

In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer's block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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Between Heaven and Hell There's Always Hollywood! See more »

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Rated R for language and some scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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21 August 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Barton Fink - Delírios de Hollywood  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$268,561, 23 August 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,153,939
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Trivia

John Turturro took classes at a secretarial school to learn how to use a typewriter for the role. Between takes, he wrote a rough outline for Romance & Cigarettes (2005), written on the typewriter he used in the film. The Coen brothers executive produced that film. See more »

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Colonel Lipnick's uniform contains awards created after 1941, including a Master Parachutist Badge (1949) and the Combat Infantryman's Badge (1943). See more »

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Charlie Meadows: Hell, you've got it made writing for the pictures, beating out that competition, and me being patronizing! Is the egg showing or what?
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The 20th Century Fox logo appears over silence; the "fanfare" is not played. See more »

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Referenced in The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009) See more »

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FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS
by Edward Heyman, Al Sherman and Abner Silver
Licenced with Permission the Successors of Marlo Music Corporation/ASCAP
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Another Coen Brothers Classic!!!
21 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

I recently purchased "Barton Fink" along with "Miller's Crossinhg", another Coen Brothers gem.

Barton Fink quite simply is a writer who cannot see the forest for the trees. He is so taken with the fact that he is a writer that he can't write. He is so idealistic that he misses fantastic opportunities to become a writer for the ages because he wastes precious time proselytizing. John Goodman perfectly sums up everyone's frustration with Barton Fink when after a series of unfortunate occurrences, Barton asks him "Why me?" to which John's character answers "Because you don't LISTEN!" Set in 1930s Hollywood we follow the exploits of a one-hit wonder, Barton Fink, who has written a successful Broadway play and is summoned by the powers that be to Hollywood. After much cajoling to take the job from his agent, Barton arrives in Los Angeles determined to become the writer for the common man where he insists true stories live. The trouble with Barton, however, is he does not have time for the common man because he has so romanticized their lot as well as his particular quest in speaking for them.

Excellent performances from John Turturo, John Goodman, Judy Davis, John Polito (often overlooked, but his scenes ALWAYS become his!!) and the inimitable Tony Shaloub.

I have decided after a slew of Coen Brothers films I currently have in my collection, that any project these guys are involved with deserve more than passing scrutiny.


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