Barfly [Import]

Starring: Mickey Rourke Director: Barbet Schroeder  Rated: R: Restricted
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.
Barfly [Import]
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1987
  • Label: MGM Australia
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.77
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by

Entertainment Reviews:

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..."


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Plot Synopsis:

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).

Plot Keywords:

Black Comedy | Classic Fight Scenes | Love Triangle | Lowlife | Recommended | Substance Abuse | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • 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.

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Customer Rating: Rating 3.8
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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 26,915
  • UPC: 5021456161331
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