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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


Awarded by
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


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


Barbet Schroeder
Barbet Schroeder
Tom Luddy
Fred Roos
Charles Bukowski
Book Author
Charles Bukowski
Robby Müller
Jack Baran
Composer (Music Score)
Eva Gardos
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
Myron Meisel
Artistic Advisor