With Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Alice Krige, Jack Nance. Based on the life of successful poet Charles Bukowski and his exploits in Hollywood during the. “The movie is called ‘Barfly,’ and it’s about me, because that’s what I was, a bar fly ,” Bukowski explained. “You ran errands for sadists and let the bartender beat. Barfly at 30 – Bukowski, booze and battling Hollywood. Mickey Rourke is perfectly cast as Hank Chinaski in this down-and-dirty picture from.

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There, he meets Wanda Faye Dunawaya fellow alcoholic and a kept womanwho, lonely in her own right, invites Henry to drink with her, with booze she buys on her lover’s account at the liquor store. Jun 02, Nicholas Koster rated it it was amazing. Henry determines he must leave, that returning to his life of destitution and alcoholism is the only truth he knows. The Beast in the Shadow Amnesia One day Henry’s life takes a turn when he meets a downtrodden woman Faye Dunaway and they embark on a relationship.

Dec 02, Role rated it liked it. Mickey Rourke stayed with the dialogue to the word and the sound intended. His first book of poetry was published in ; he went on to publish more than forty-five books of poetry and prose, including PulpScreams from the Balconyand The Last Night of the Earth Poems What surprised me was that he added another dimension to the character, in spirit.


Maybe I even saw him? Barfly by Charles Bukowski. Interesting how there doesn’t seem like much to this screen play, but it really comes to life in the movie. Charles Bukowski had mixed reactions about the lead performance by Mickey Rourke. Although in a letter written apropos the film, titled “A Letter from a Fan”, the writer states “[ Oct 17, Elliott rated it it was ok. Embodying the late writer Charles Bukowski whose work this was based upon, and who had a brief cameo in the filmRourke is unrecognizable – like Billy Bob Thornton in “Sling Blade,” his entire demeanor and physicality seems to change.

Mickey Rourke on Charles Bukowski: “He Was Okay for a Drunk”

He is hilarious, dirty, dingy, a drunk, a womanizer, a gambler, and best of all he knows it and does not care. Old Man in Bar.

I mean if it’s Bukowski. Henry is not fazed by this thou and moves in with her.

Archived copy as title link. It is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work.

The bar owner, who has a soft spot for Henry and has faith in him, puts a wager on him to beat Eddie. His books of fiction, poems, etc.

At the age of three, he came with his family to the United States and grew up in Los Angeles. Published May 31st by Ecco first published Bukowski published his first story when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

Mickey Rourke on Charles Bukowski: “He Was Okay for a Drunk” – Bukowski Quotes

However, almost twenty years later it isn’t talked so much about anymore, and I feel it deserves to be. I don’t understand it. Screenplay reads like a book of poetry. Mar 21, Jill Pesqueira rated it it was amazing.


Paperbackpages. The action pretty much just follows the interactions between the two of them, and so that alone should be enough for you to get a good idea of what to expect here. Sure I can break my lifelong record of never reading poetry but I doubt I ever will.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Okay mayhap I will try one last time with this poetry business. Rourke was vocal bkkowski on in his career about his dislike of director Barbet Schroeder, but Schroeder’s direction is part of what makes this film so good.

Tell it in a book.

Charles Bukowski and Mickey Rourke on the Set of Barfly, 1987

Search for ” Barfly ” on Amazon. Nevertheless, Henry stays with Wanda and continues to drink his nights away with her by his side, writing his poems and stories during the day, and submitting his work to magazines and book publishers. She invites Henry to her shabby apartment to drink whiskey, and he quickly takes up residence with her. Mar 21, Kristyn rated it really liked it.

I love his work, this was no exception