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Bartleby (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 10 March 2001 (USA)
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A clueless boss has no idea what to do with his mundane office worker whose refusal of duties only gets worse each passing minute.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Boss
... Bartleby
... Vivian
... Ernest
... Rocky
... Frank Waxman
... Book Publisher
... The Mayor
Greta Danielle Newgren ... Boss's Date
... Landlord
... Property Manager
Nick Scoggin ... Street Philosopher
Stoney Burke ... Soup Kitchen Server
... New Tenant
Stu Klitsner ... Professor Bum (as Stuart Klitsner)
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At a public records office, a seemingly normal boss has hired a new employee named Bartleby. Bartleby however, is eccentric and with each passing day, he begins to refuse his boss' orders which only gets worse. Eventually, the boss finds himself clueless as to what to do about Bartleby as he discovers even stranger things about him. Written by Mystic80

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I would prefer not to.

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Parker Film Company

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10 March 2001 (USA)  »

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Bartleby at the Office  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,599, 27 May 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$148,479
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Trivia

Dick Martin's final acting performance. See more »

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When the boss's date is straddling him in his office, sometimes her hair is wrapped in a scarf and sometimes it's not. See more »

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Bartleby: I would prefer not to.
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Before the opening credits begin, viewers are given a portrait and short biography of Herman Melville, upon whose story the film is loosely based. See more »

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Version of Bartleby (1970) See more »

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Preludes
Written by Claude Debussy
Background music on piano by Nancy Spottiswoode
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I can't think what to make of this one...
22 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I found this movie disturbing. Advertised as a comedy, it is no such thing. There is a lot of comedy in there, all right, but overall the themes are heavy, disturbing, even horrific. Crispin Glover's performance is flawless, and his role in the story is to pose a lot of questions that never get answered. The story revolves around the other characters' failure to figure him out. The new employee at the Public Records Office in an unnamed city starts out doing a great job, but he does less and less work as time goes on until he is spending most of his time refusing requests to perform any job tasks, or simply gazing up into the air-conditioning vent. They fire him, but he doesn't leave. It gets worse from there, believe me.


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