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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 ... 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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Taglines:

From the book by Charles Bukowski See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

This is the second feature film in which Matt Dillon and Fisher Stevens go to the horse races (the first being The Flamingo Kid (1984)). 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 Hand of Glory (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Where Breathing Starts
(Excerpts)
Music by Tord Gustavsen
Performed by Tord Gustavsen Trio
By courtesy of Tord Gustavsen/ECM
Sound Recording Copyright ECM Records 2003
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To thine own self be true
12 April 2006 | by fnorfulSee all my reviews

It would seem that Henry Chinaski takes Polonius' advice to heart. This adaptation shows a character who is always true to himself, no matter the consequences. Matt Dillon's portrayal of Chinaski is solid; his self-effacing style makes him way more likable than might be otherwise. Lili Taylor does a lovely job as his sometime girlfriend Jan. Their scenes together are always interesting (with or without bandages), with the characters being constantly developed.

The dialog has lots of pop. Somewhat a film noir, somewhat a comic book, the film has a nice feel with the first person narration of Chinaski taking us on his tour. It could have been in black and white but is nicely filmed in color. One of those slightly rare movies as at home at a film festival (Cleveland's, in this case) or at your local theater.


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