Barfly

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Henry Chinaski, a poet and alcoholic, spends his life in Los Angeles bars. One day he meets and falls in love with Wanda, also an alcoholic. Together they meet Tully Sorenson, who publishes some of Henry's poems, bringing Henry a brief shot at fame and fortune. But, Henry and Wanda have only one real goal in life: drinking to numb the pain they feel outside the bars of Los Angeles.

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Critic Reviews for Barfly

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Audience Reviews for Barfly

  • Jul 22, 2018
    The film practically reeks of booze and hopelessness. What I like most here is that both Schroeder and Bukowski understand that dive bars and their patrons are as American as apple pie.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2009
    A brilliant film with what I believe to be Mickey Roarke's finest piece of work as an actor. The film was written by poet-author Charles Bukowski, and Roarke's character is based on Bukowski himself. Henry(Roarke) spends most of his time at the bar, getting into the occasional fistfight with the bartender Eddie which is so well portrayed by Frank Stallone, and gets involved with a haggard alcoholic portrayed by Faye Dunaway. Henry puts all the money he wins from his streetfights into his drink of choice, scotch and water, and occasionally buys one for the house, "To all my friends!" There's really not much going on with the story itself, but this film is simply entertaining, and manages to keep some humor in it's dim premise. Simplicity is usually better, and this film is a good example of what can be done when the right group of artists are put together.
    Eric S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2009
    Unique and outstanding. Shame it's not available on DVD now.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2009
    This is how American cinema should be...openly dense and fearlessly howling to all contenders,bouts from every corner of this world.It's a terrible newsreel,Bukowski on the screenplay of a Schroeder film,pessimistic,as far as the jackals can move...Rourke in an electrifying performance.I gotta get a drink...
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer

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