Barfly (1987)

Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.

Original Title : Barfly
Director : Barbet Schroeder
Writer : Charles Bukowski
Genre : Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Jack Baran , Richard Garcia , Yoram Globus , Menahem Golan , Tom Luddy , Fred Roos , Barbet Schroeder
Music : Jack Baran
Photography : Robby M├╝ller
IMDB ID : 0092618
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Barfly (1987) - Barbet Schroeder


┬Mickey Rourke Henry Chinaski
┬Faye Dunaway Wanda Wilcox
┬Alice Krige Tully Sorenson
┬Jack Nance Detective
┬J.C. Quinn Jim
┬Frank Stallone Eddie
┬Sandy Martin Janice
┬Roberta Bassin Lilly
┬Gloria LeRoy Grandma Moses
┬Joe Unger Ben
┬Harry Cohn Rick
┬Pruitt Taylor Vince Joe
┬Joe Rice Old Man in Bar
┬Julie 'Sunny' Pearson Hooker in Bar
┬Donald L. Norden Man in Alley
┬Wil Albert Carl
┬Hal Shafer Mike
┬Zeke Manners Roger (as Zeek Manners
┬Pearl Shear Helen
┬Rik Colitti Jack, The Window Washer
┬Michael Collins Elbow Inn Bartender
┬Ronald G. Joseph Liquor Store Clerk (as Ron Joseph
┬Damon Hines Black Kid
┬Lahmard J. Tate Black Kid
┬Carlos Cervantes Cop
┬Peter Conti Cop
┬Vance Colvig Jr. Alcoholic Man (as Vance Colvig
┬Stacey Pickren Lady Manager
┬Leonard Termo Harry
┬Gary Cox Lenny
┬Fritz Feld Bum
┬Albert Henderson Louie
┬Sandy Rose Louie's Woman
┬Madalyn Carol Young Girl Hooker
┬George Marshall Ruge Loverbird Man
┬Debby Lynn Ross Loverbird Woman (as Debbie Lynn Ross
┬Charles Bukowski Bar Patron (uncredited


Mickey Rourke plays Henry Chinaski, a poet and alcoholic. He spends his life in bars in Los Angeles, drinking every night. One day he meets Wanda, also a alcoholic and falls in love with her. Wanda is not like his former girlfriends, one is still able to see the beauty she once was before she started to drink. Together they meet Tully Sorenson, who wants to publish some of Henry's poems. For a short time he becomes famous but in the end it is clear that Henry and Wanda have only one goal in life: drinking to forget the lousy life they live outside the bars of Los Angeles.


Henry, portrait of a serial drinker... I've seen this movie several times... I really enjoy it, even though it centers around the lives of two wretched drunks (played by Rourke and Dunaway) who, if you met them in real life, would probably frighten you to death. Though both of them are wretched souls indeed, there is nevertheless enough compassion, wisdom, and charm emanating from both of them to make them actually likeable screen characters. And you can't help but do a mental "double take" on many of the lines of dialogue: Rourke's character, with a sort of "beat" hipness, really makes you think about your own life and your own values. The only flaw I could find was that, considering the incredible amount of drinking that is depicted, I felt it would have been more realistic to show Henry and Wanda having more horrible hangovers, maybe even with frequent vomiting attacks. But then again, maybe these are two people who really know how to hold their liquor. See it, and decide for yourself! P.S.: NOT recommended that you watch this film if you are on the wagon and trying to stay on it!!