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Barfly
     

Barfly

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Director: Barbet Schroeder,

Cast: Barbet Schroeder, Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Alice Krige

 

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Charles Bukowski, the talented crown prince of self-abuse, wrote the short stories upon which the surprisingly entertaining Barfly was based. The film concentrates on alcoholic writer Mickey Rourke (the Bukowski alter ego) who carries on a hate-hate relationship with bartender Frank Stallone. Rourke makes the acquaintance of another of society's castaways, Faye

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Charles Bukowski, the talented crown prince of self-abuse, wrote the short stories upon which the surprisingly entertaining Barfly was based. The film concentrates on alcoholic writer Mickey Rourke (the Bukowski alter ego) who carries on a hate-hate relationship with bartender Frank Stallone. Rourke makes the acquaintance of another of society's castaways, Faye Dunaway, who in addition to being a souse is said to be crazy. They move in together, even though Dunaway all but promises to be unfaithful for the price of a drink. Rourke has a chance to clean up his act when offered a large commission for his writings by publisher Alice Krige. They too end up in bed, each trying to change the other. The clarion call of the cheap wine bottle overrides Rourke's half-hearted efforts to enter the mainstream. Watch for author Charles Bukowski, as well as Fritz "Pop!" Feld and Vance Colvig (who's made a career out of playing street people) in Barfly bit parts.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Barbet Schroeder's romanticized portrait of self-mythologizing writer and drunk Charles Bukowski skillfully draws one into the world of these damaged characters. What little story there is concerns the writer's (Mickey Rourke) daily ritual of massive alcohol intake, fighting, and writing. With the appearance of Faye Dunaway a fellow lush, the possibility of romance glimmers on the horizon. A labor of love for Schroeder, who cajoled Bukowski for years to finish the script, it captures the writer's matted hair, filthy clothes, bloodied features, and perennial alcoholic stupor with loving care. He's as happy as a king in his castle. In Dunaway, he finds his ideal mate, one who likes to drink and talk all day, and head home with him at night. The self- awareness of these two sharp characters gives their scenes a tragic-comic edge, and their relationship is the best part of the film. When you hear the word "sordid," the name Mickey Rourke spring to mind, and he perfectly nails the character's grandiose self-abasement. Dunaway is superb as well, with the bizarre catfight scene conjuring memories of Mommie Dearest (1981). The photography of the gifted Robby Muller transforms the dive these characters inhabit into a place of ugly beauty.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
The result is 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.... Barfly is one of the year's best films.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2016
UPC:
5021456209880
Original Release:
1987
Source:
Imports
Sales rank:
4,693

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mickey Rourke Henry Chinaski
Faye Dunaway Willa Wilcox
Alice Krige Tully Sorenson
Jack Nance Detective
J.C. Quinn Jim
Frank Stallone Eddie
Ronald G. Joseph Liquor Store Clerk
Julie "Sunny" Pearson Hooker in Bar
Wil Albert Carl
Roberta Bassin Lily
Carlos Cervantes Cop
Harry Cohn Rick
Rik Colitti Jack, The Window Washer
Michael Collins "Elbow Inn" Bartender
Vance Colvig Alcoholic Man
Peter Conti Cop
Fritz Feld Bum
Albert Henderson Louie
Damon Hines Black Kid
Gloria Le Roy Grandma Moses
Zeke Manners Roger
Sandy Martin Janice
Donald L. Norden Man in alley
Stacey Pickren Lady Manager
Joe Rice Old Man in Bar
Sandy Rose Louie's Woman
Debbie Lynn Ross Lovebird Woman
George Marshall Ruge Lovebird Man
Hal Shafer Mike
Pearl Shear Helen
Leonard Termo Harry
Joe Unger Ben
Pruitt Taylor Vince Joe
Lahmard J. Tate Black Kid

Technical Credits
Barbet Schroeder Director,Producer
Jack Baran Score Composer,Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Charles Bukowski Screenwriter
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Lisa Dean Set Decoration/Design
Eva Gardos Editor
Yoram Globus Executive Producer
Menahem Golan Executive Producer
Petur Hliddal Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Luddy Producer
Robert MacDonald Casting
Robby Müller Cinematographer
Pat Orseth Casting
Fred Roos Producer
Bob Ziembicki Production Designer

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Barfly 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's so frustrating. One of the all time greatest comedies around and it's not in print. What's up with that? Is there anyone we could petition to get this movie back on the market?