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Barfly (1987)

An autobiographical account of Henry Chinaski – a booze-soaked poet-writer (Charles Bukowski wrote the screenplay based on his experiences) with Mickey Rourke in the title role.

This film is no “Lost Weekend” saga; Rourke’s messy character seems buoyant and even satisfied with his grungy lifestyle, but the squalid atmosphere and Rourke’s whiny delivery of his lines become irritating.

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Nearly 100 minutes of drinking, screaming, fighting and more drinking weave a sporadic fascination.

Occasional, refreshing blasts of black comedy fail to relieve an overall, un-redeeming ugliness tinged uncomfortably with a screwball sort of sentimentality.

Faye Dunaway co-stars as Wanda, the drunk’s crazy lover and comrade in alcohol abuse.

Henry Chinaski
Mickey Rourke
Wanda Wilcox
Faye Dunaway
Tully Sorenson
Alice Krige
Detective
Jack Nance
Jim
J C Quinn
Eddie
Frank Stallone
Janice
Sandy Martin
Lilly
Roberta Bassin
Grandma Moses
Gloria LeRoy
Ben
Joe Unger

Director
Barbet Schroeder