With Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Alice Krige, Jack Nance. Based on the life of successful poet Charles Bukowski and his exploits in Hollywood during the. “The movie is called ‘Barfly,’ and it’s about me, because that’s what I was, a bar fly ,” Bukowski explained. “You ran errands for sadists and let the bartender beat. Barfly at 30 – Bukowski, booze and battling Hollywood. Mickey Rourke is perfectly cast as Hank Chinaski in this down-and-dirty picture from.

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However, things become very acrimonious between Henry and Eddie when Henry discovers that Wanda not only knows Eddie, but has slept with him previously. His first book of poetry was published in ; he went on to bkowski more bukowsku forty-five books of poetry and prose, including PulpScreams from the Balconyand The Last Night of the Earth Poems To add spirit to spirit can be dangerous but not in the hands of a damned good actor. Oct 17, Elliott rated it it was ok.

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Classic Bukowski shenanigans as always. He is hilarious, dirty, dingy, a drunk, a womanizer, a gambler, and best of all he knows it and does not care.

Barfly by Charles Bukowski. I mean if it’s Bukowski.

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Jul 18, Ned Stenger White rated it it was amazing. Feb 28, Matthew Konkel rated it it was amazing. A good screenplay by Buk in spite of his later complaints about the film. Feb 14, Azaghedi rated it liked it Shelves: All you gotta do is beg for a little mercy.


The film was “presented by” Francis Ford Coppolaand features a silent cameo appearance by Bukowski himself. There is a scene where the camera tilts up over Faye Dunaway ‘s legs. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Dec 25, Luke rated it it was ok. Hooker in Bar Donald L. Nevertheless, Henry stays with Wanda and continues to drink his nights away with her by his side, writing his poems and stories during the day, and submitting his work to magazines and book publishers.

Then came along my absent father, my ass kicking mother fucker, my personified conscience, my truth, my being okay with being a pervert. I think the whole trick is not to think about it. Books by Charles Bukowski. Barfly Theatrical release poster. Some people never go crazy.

His books of ficti The movie The Barfly peeked my interest in Charles Bukowski and since seeing it I have purchased almost all his books. Actually, with the advent of digtal, I see a trend toward this kind of cinema, but done independently of course.

Mickey Rourke on Charles Bukowski: “He Was Okay for a Drunk”

This, though, is the original screenplay, which Bukowski wrote based loosely upon his own life, as he did with the rest of his work. To ask other readers questions about Barflyplease sign up. He then tells Henry that although he likes him, he is no longer welcome at the bar because of his disruptive activities, the fights with Eddie, and the harassment of the other bar-goers.


Screenplay reads like a book of poetry. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Rourke gives one of his finest performances as Henry, a loner who walks hunched over like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. The screenplay, written by Bukowski, was commissioned by the French film director Barbet Schroederand it was published with illustrations by the author inwhen film production was still pending.

Barfly by Charles Bukowski

Oh, and he is brilliant. Not too impressed, but don’t read too many screenplays. User Polls Your favorite movie bartender? Sometimes in the middle of this he finds the time to jot down a few lines of poetry or a short story.

Eddie suspects Henry has no money and is itching for a fight, so he tells Henry that he owes him forty dollars for the drinks. So she leaves the bar and gives up on publishing his work, realizing that her pursuit of him was futile.

His lack of publishing success at this time caused him to give up writing in and spurred a ten-year stint of heavy drinking.

However, he would later say that he felt Rourke went overboard. He also worked in a dog biscuit factory, a slaughterhouse, a cake and cookie factory, and he hung posters in New York City subways. She invites Henry to her shabby apartment to drink whiskey, and he quickly takes up residence with bardly. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.