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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'.


John Dullaghan
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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


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 »

Did You Know?


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 »


Edited from Bukowski (1973) See more »

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Must-see for Bukowski fans
2 November 2004 | by knichols1See all my reviews

For Bukowski fans, this film is another of those items you have to possess but which will leave outsiders repulsed or appalled.

Most of the information in the film has been captured in various published interviews and biographies and in Bukowski's own autobiographical writings. But it is good to see the man moving about before our eyes again, driving his VW, visiting the track and the laundry, and his childhood home, where he 'reminisces' about the beatings his father administered with a razor strop. And it's interesting seeing some of Bukowski's lovers and associates again.

The quality of the archival footage is pretty poor, having been shot, it appears, with amateur 8mm equipment. We can be thankful it was shot at all, since who knew what value it might have. The sound, however, is quite good.

After many years of reading about Bukowski, I still haven't decided whether he was a sensitive soul driven to occasional episodes of egotistical pettiness and meanness by a bad childhood or just a self-centered ass who happened to have talent. However you view him in that regard, you cannot deny that he stuck by his vocation in spite of all. He personified the driven writer.

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Release Date:

30 April 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bukowski: Gennimenos mesa se afto See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,095, 30 May 2004

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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