Barfly

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Released 1987

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Director:
Barbet Schroeder
Released:
1987
Rating:
R
Barfly is a drama that draws strongly on the life of poet Charles Bukowski, particularly the years he spent in Los Angeles drinking heavily in dive bars. Henry Chinaski (Mickey Rourke) seems to do nothing except write, drink in a local bar and get into fights with the bar's bartender, Eddie (Frank Stallone). Eddie despises Henry because he is an obnoxious drunk, while Henry detests Eddie because he once slept with Henry's girlfriend, Wanda Wilcox (Faye Dunaway). Things seem to take a positive turn for Henry when a book publisher named Tully Sorenson (Alice Krige) finds him and tells him that she is interested in publishing some of his work. The two of them quickly fall into a sexual relationship, but Henry soon grows tired of his new and opulent lifestyle and longs for the familiarity of his old bar and the companionship of his fellow drunks. Will Henry choose a new life with Tully or disappear back into the bottom of a bottle of liquor?moreless

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Comedy, Drama

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Love & Romance