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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Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A truly original American movie, a film like no other, a period of time spent in the company of the kinds of characters Saroyan and O'Neill would have understood, the kinds of peop...

  • 88

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    Barfly is a perfectly incorrigible comedy, a movie of unusual shape and unpredictable moves. [25 Nov 1987, p.D9]

  • 75

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    To have a great time with Barfly's funny funkiness, you don't have to share Bukowski's soused attitude toward alcoholism, however; Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway, whose wonderful p...

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Comedy, Drama

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Love & Romance