- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 30, 2009
- Originally Released: 1987
- Label: MGM Australia
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.77
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 09/30/1987
"...Some kind of small, classic, one-of-a-kind comedy....A big, broad, mesmerizing performance by [Rourke]..."
New York Times - 12/27/1987
Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1987"
Variety - 05/13/1987
"...Bukowski's dialog is punctuated with wry philosophical comments on life....[Rourke's] performance is the centerpiece of the film, and keeps it buoyantly alive throughout..."
Film Comment - 07/01/1987
"...Faye Dunaway drops by with her beauty, humor, and screen smarts....She convinces and captivates. The smile is undiminished, the energy unflagging, the attention to detail unfailing....Faye is still a class act..."
Los Angeles Times - 11/05/1987
"...[A] dark, wry, toughly tender movie....BARFLY is beautifully written, acted and directed..."
- 3.Photo Gallery
Writer Charles Bukowski's autobiographical account follows the besotted adventures of skid-row writer Henry (Mickey Rourke) who begins a turbulent yet caring romance with fellow barfly Wanda (Faye Dunaway). Their rocky relationship is threatened when a literary editor (Alice Krige) buys one of Henry's stories and tries to get to know the troubled, intriguing man better, in this engrossing character study by Barbet Schroeder (REVERSAL OF FORTUNE).
Black Comedy |
Classic Fight Scenes |
Love Triangle |
Substance Abuse |
- Theatrical release: December 1987.
- It took seven years before Barbet Schroeder was able to make BARFLY. In the meantime, he videotaped screenwriter Charles Bukowski and released the material as video interviews.
- Schroeder signed a contract with Bukowski promising not to change any of the script without Bukowski's permission.