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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hank Chinaski
... Jan
Didier Flamand ... Pierre
... Manny
... Laura
... Jerry
... Grace
... Tony Endicott (as Tom Lyons)
Dean Brewington ... Old Black Man
James Cada ... Bald Man
James Michael Detmar ... Smithson
Kurt Schweickhardt ... Ice Plant Supervisor
Dee Noah ... Hank's Mother
... Hank's Father
Michael Egan ... Taxi Office Clerk
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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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From the book by Charles Bukowski See more »

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29 April 2005 (Norway)  »

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Factotum: A Man Who Performs Many Jobs  »

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$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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Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke, who played brothers in Francis Ford Coppola's cult film Rumble Fish (1983), have both played the role of Henry Chinaski (Rourke played in Barfly (1987)). See more »

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When Lili Taylor's character changes out of her high heel shoes the reflection of the dolly tracks is visible in the polished stone of the building. 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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Referenced in De blauwe bus (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Slow Day
Lyrics by Charles Bukowski
Music by Kristin Asbjørnsen
Performed by Dadafon
Mixed by George Tanderø and Hans Jørgen Støp at White House Studio
Kristin Asbjørnsen and Dadafon appears courtesy of Universal Music, Norway
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Hamers take on Bukowski's alter ego
27 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Hamer is a wonderful director and is well suited to adapt a life so besoffened as Henry Chinaski's is, with its peculiar humour. That said, the full potential of Bukowski is not realized and probably would never be outside of the books. Its still close though. Some sequences, like for instance, the pickle factory is very funny in true spirit of Buk's work.

What may scare most fans away from this though, is pretty face Matt Dillon. He does not have the personality, understanding or the looks to match Chinaski. This is the main hindrance of this movie. Lili Taylor and Marisa Tomei comes better off, giving solid performances.

If you're a fan of Buk, go check it out. If you're a fan of good cinema, check it out as well. Bent Hamer is a man of vision.


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