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Bukowski: Born into This (2003)

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'.

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John Dullaghan
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Cast

Credited cast:
Charles Bukowski ... Self (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bono ... Self
John Bryan John Bryan ... Self
Linda Lee Bukowski Linda Lee Bukowski ... Self
Marina Bukowski Marina Bukowski ... Self
Neeli Cherkovski Neeli Cherkovski ... Self
Joyce Fante Joyce Fante ... Self
FrancEyE FrancEyE ... Self
Taylor Hackford ... Self
John Martin John Martin ... Self
Michael D. Meloan ... Self (as Mike Meloan)
Jack Micheline Jack Micheline ... Self
Pam 'Cupcakes' Miller Pam 'Cupcakes' Miller ... Self
Dom Muto Dom Muto ... Self
William Packard William Packard ... Self
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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'.

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Rated R for language and sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bukowski: Gennimenos mesa se afto See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,095, 30 May 2004

Gross USA:

$318,816

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$329,097
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The title of the film comes from Bukowski's poem, "Dinosauria, we", which was published in his book, "The Last Night Of The Earth Poems". Published in 1992, it was the final book of poetry released while the poet was still alive. See more »

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Edited from The Charles Bukowski Tapes (1985) See more »

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What Great Footage!
11 October 2003 | by rolinmoeSee all my reviews

An old friend of mine used to regail me with stories of Charles Bukowski, the great everyman poet who wasn't afraid to tell it like it his, who didn't care at all about formalism or what had come before him...he just wanted to put his essence on the page (no matter how crudely he might fashion it).

BUKOWSKI: BORN INTO THIS is a great show into the life of this man. It meanders at points, and tries a bit too hard to exemplify this guy, but you can't argue with some of the majestic footage different folks got. A scene shot in 1986 shows a drunk Bukowski yelling at his wife and then literally trying to kick her off the couch...footage that silenced the auditorium and solidified the idea of Bukowski as a drunken belligerent. But at another point, we see Bukowski cry while reading a poem of his about a woman he lost...completely different from the mythical man. Other stories of his rudeness are shadowed by stories of his covert kindness.

There is nothing incredibly special about how this is shot...but for any Bukowski fan, this is a must-see...the most in-depth look into the life of the man so far shown in America. Too bad that one of the greatest American poets ever is more famous abroad than at home.


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