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Barton Fink (1991)

A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

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In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer's block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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There's only one thing stranger than what's going on inside his head. What's going on outside. See more »

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Rated R for language and some scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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21 August 1991 (USA)  »

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Barton Fink - Delírios de Hollywood  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$268,561 (USA) (23 August 1991)

Gross:

$6,153,939 (USA)
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Trivia

When Barton is watching dailies for 'Devil on the Canvas', there is a brief but clear glimpse of a slate for 'Barton Fink', with the names of Joel Coen and Roger Deakins. See more »

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The hand that Chet uses to stop the bell ringing. See more »

Quotes

W.P. Mayhew: Mister Fink, they have not invented a genre of picture that Bill Mayhew has not, at one time or other, been invited to essay. Yes, I have taken my stab at the rasslin' form, as I have stabbed at so many others, and with as little success. I gather that you are a freshman here, eager for an upperclassman's counsel. However, just at the moment, I have drinking to do. Why don't you stop by my bungalow, which is number fifteen, later on this afternoon, and we will discuss rasslin' scenarios and ...
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Referenced in The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1992) See more »

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Old Black Joe
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aka "Poor Old Joe"
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by Mayhew when he is drunk
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quirky, dark comedy about "the life of the mind"
13 August 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

No-one makes films like the Coen brothers and Barton Fink is a film like no other. Like all their movies it can be watched over and over and each viewing is as rewarding as the last. It's basically a film about writer's block (it was written when the Brothers Coen were struggling with 'Miller's Crossing',in the midst of their own block) and how lonely the "life of the mind" is. But the message here is that a writer must do everything he can not to be isolated from his fellow man. Barton is trying to write a screenplay for the common man but won't even listen when one such common man (his neighbor in the Hotel Earl, played by John Goodman) tries to tell him stories. He's too interested in spouting clichés about the nobility of the art of writing and the great service he is providing in his works. From the above Barton Fink may sound a little dry but it is anything but and as is customary in Joel and Ethan's films, the narrative never goes where you think it will. If you see Barton Fink for anything though, it should be for the characters, because they are incredibly well written and acted.


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