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Factotum (2005)

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This drama centers on Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter-ego of "Factotum" author Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los Angeles, CA trying to live off jobs which don't interfere with his primary interest, which is writing. Along the way, he fends off the distractions offered by women, drinking and gambling.

Director:

Bent Hamer

Writers:

Charles Bukowski (novel), Bent Hamer | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Hank Chinaski
Lili Taylor ... Jan
Didier Flamand Didier Flamand ... Pierre
Fisher Stevens ... Manny
Marisa Tomei ... Laura
Adrienne Shelly ... Jerry
Karen Young ... Grace
Thomas Lyons Thomas Lyons ... Tony Endicott (as Tom Lyons)
Dean Brewington Dean Brewington ... Old Black Man
James Cada James Cada ... Bald Man
James Michael Detmar ... Smithson
Kurt Schweickhardt Kurt Schweickhardt ... Ice Plant Supervisor
Dee Noah Dee Noah ... Hank's Mother
James Noah ... Hank's Father
Michael Egan Michael Egan ... Taxi Office Clerk
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Storyline

Self-declared aspiring writer Hank Chinaski has neither qualifications, ambition nor ethics. Any dead-end job he lands is soon lost through laziness or mischief. His relationship with fellow deadbeat Jan gets strained to crisis through her insecurity, so he even gives up betting on horses which brought in easy money. Written by KGF Vissers

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What matters most is how well you walk through the fire. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Norway | USA | Germany | France | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2005 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Factotum: A Man Who Performs Many Jobs See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,212, 20 August 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$808,221, 10 December 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On 14 April 2005, in Trondheim, Norway, this became the first movie in the world to be shown with a 4K digital cinema projector. See more »

Goofs

Despite being set in Los Angeles, the Minneapolis location is given away by the name of the racetrack: Canterbury Park. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ice Plant Supervisor: Chinaski! Hey! Chinaski, come on out here! You got a drivers license, don't you?
Henry Chinaski: Yeah.
Ice Plant Supervisor: I got a driver out sick today. We got some rush orders we need to get out right away. I need you to make these deliveries.
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Connections

Referenced in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Dreamland II
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Music by Kristin Asbjørnsen / Øyvind Brandtsegg / Thomas Dahl
Performed by KRØYT
Mixed by Magnus Torkildsen at Barracuda
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A good film, just not a good Bukowski interpretation.
26 December 2007 | by ge-ranmaSee all my reviews

First, my only gripes with the film are about authenticity. And they're just because I'm a huge fan of Charles Bukowski. I've never thought of Matt Dillon as a "great" actor. But I thought Dillon's role as Bukowski was just okay. I almost can't quite put my finger on it. He looks a decent bit Like Buk, but his actual performance seems almost too much like a mediocre impression. I don't know. It's just not very natural or convincing or something. I'm not an acting coach. He just didn't click with me as Bukow...*ahem*, Chinaski, anyway.

As a whole the film just didn't capture the feel of the Bukowski novel. It seemed too clean for some reason. The whole film just seemed a lot more tame than the literature. His writing captures this great sense of adventure, danger, and a frequent raw vulgarity. But also, it has a very artful heart to it. The movie missed this entirely, in my opinion.

But believe it or not though, I still think it's a good movie. Outside the actual interpretation of Charles Bukowski's novel, it's still fun watch, with generally good performances, and a phenomenal story to have been based on.


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