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FULL SYNOPSIS

The title character, played by John Turturro, is a Broadway playwright, based on Clifford Odets, lured to Hollywood with the promise of untold riches by a boorish studio chieftain (played by Michael Lerner as a combination of Louis B. Mayer and Harry Cohn). Despising the film capital and everything it stands for, Barton Fink comes down with an acute case of writer's block. He is looked after by a secretary (Judy Davis) who has been acting as a ghost writer for an alcoholic screenwriter (John Mahoney, playing a character based on William Faulkner). Also keeping tabs on Fink is a garrulous traveling salesman (John Goodman), the most likeable, stable character in the picture. And then comes the plot twist to end all plot twists, plunging Barton Fink into a surreal nightmare that would make Hieronymus Bosch look like a house painter. Once more, Ethan and Joel Coen serve up a smorgasbord of quirkiness and kinkiness, where nothing is what it seems and nothing turns out as planned. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 14, 1992

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Michael Lerner Best Supporting Actor 1990 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Lerner Best Supporting Actor 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nancy Haigh Best Art Direction 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Hornung Best Costume Design 1991 Nominee
Cannes Film Festival John Turturro Best Actor 1991 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Joel Coen Best Director 1991 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Judy Davis Best Supporting Actress 1991 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Roger Deakins Best Cinematography 1990 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Roger Deakins Best Cinematography 1991 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dennis Gassner Best Art Direction 1991 Nominee

Cast

John Turturro
as Barton Fink
John Goodman
as Charlie Meadows
Judy Davis
as Audrey Taylor
Michael Lerner
as Jack Lipnick
John Mahoney
as W.P. Mayhew
Jon Polito
as Lou Breeze
Tony Shalhoub
as Ben Geisler
Steve Buscemi
as Chet
David Warrilow
as Garland Stanford
Richard Portnow
as Detective Mastrionotti
Christopher Murney
as Detective Deutsch
Donna Isaacson
John Lyons
I.M. Hobson
as Derek
Lance Davis
as Richard St. Clair
Harry Bugin
as Pete
Anthony Gordon
as Maitre d'
Jack Denbo
as Stagehand
Max Grodenchik
as Clapper Boy
Robert Beecher
as Referee
Darwyn Swalve
as Wrestler
Gayle Vance
as Geisler's Secretary
Johnny Judkins
as Sailor
Isabelle Townsend
as Beauty
William Preston Robertson
Meagen Fay
as Pippy Carnahan
Lance Davis
as Richard St. Clair
Jack Denbo
as Stagehand
Darwyn Swalve
as Wrestler
Gayle Vance
as Geisler's Secretary
Harry Bugin
as Pete
Max Grodenchik
as Clapper Boy
Isabelle Townsend
as Beauty
I.M. Hobson
as Derek
Johnny Judkins
as Sailor
Anthony Gordon
as Maitre d'
Robert Beecher
as Referee

Crew

Joel Coen
Director
Ethan Coen
Producer
Bill Durkin
Producer
Ted Pedas
Producer
Ben Barenholtz
Producer
Jim Pedas
Producer
Ethan Coen
Screenwriter
Joel Coen
Screenwriter
Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Berenbaum
Editor
Roderick Jaynes
Editor
Dennis Gassner
Production Designer
Robert C. Goldstein
Art Director
Leslie McDonald
Art Director
Graham Place
Co-producer
Richard Fernandez
Set Designer
Nancy Haigh
Set Designer
Richard Hornung
Costume Designer
Joe Camp III
First Assistant Director
Bill Landrum
Choreography
Alma Kuttruff
Production Manager
Rick Lazzarini
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