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FULL SYNOPSIS

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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 16, 1987

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Faye Dunaway Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1987 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Mickey Rourke Best Actor 1987 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Robby Müller Best Cinematography 1987 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Barbet Schroeder
Director
Barbet Schroeder
Producer
Tom Luddy
Producer
Fred Roos
Producer
Charles Bukowski
Book Author
Charles Bukowski
Screenwriter
Robby Müller
Cinematographer
Jack Baran
Composer (Music Score)
Eva Gardos
Editor
Bob Ziembicki
Production Designer
Jack Baran
Associate Producer
Yoram Globus
Executive Producer
Menahem Golan
Executive Producer
Lisa Dean
Set Designer
Milena Canonero
Costume Designer
Petur Hliddal
Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Baran
First Assistant Director
Pat Orseth
Casting
Myron Meisel
Artistic Advisor
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