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Barton Fink (1991) Movie Information

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Barton Fink (1991)
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Overall Rank:

518

Avg. Rating:

3.06/4

# of Ratings:

173

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

08/21/1991

Director:

Joel Coen

Actors:

John Turturro
John Goodman
Judy Davis
Michael Lerner
John Mahoney
Tony Shalhoub

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

Barton Fink (John Turturro) was given an opportunity by Capitol Pictures head Jack Lipnick (Michael Lerner) to write a wrestling picture. \His neighbor Charlie Meadows (John Goodman) sells insurance and pops in and out of his place. Barton asks for Audrey Taylor's (Judy Davis) help, the partner of skilled writer William Preston (W.P.) "Bill" Mayhew (John Mahoney).

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Moviehead 04/01/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

Probably most effective coens film with atmosphere beyond any other

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mitchellyoung 10/01/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

I think you partly have to be an artist to appreciate this film, as it's mostly about creative obsession, albeit set in the Cohen Brothers' typical weird world of strange happenings.

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Ichabod Crane 03/27/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

An incredibly interesting and bizarre film in which you have no idea what will happen at all. Very good looking and interesting throughout with some great performances especially from John Goodman. Nothing is boring about it and it never gets into a rut. It is successful at everything it does, showing the writing, the movie deals, and the other very weird stuff. Oscar Nominee Best Supporting Actor Michael Lerner 4/5- Michael Lerner is very funny as the studio head in this film, his scenes are in a separate style from the rest of the movie and are the best scenes in the movies. He is only in three scenes but every scene he is in they are funny and very entertaining.

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  Snoogans
Snoogans
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06/16/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

To Ponder the Creative Process

This Coens piece is easily their most unique. It's another film that focuses on a central character, examining them through whatever dilemma they have while throwing in some eccentric supporting characters for entertaining distraction. The difference with this picture is that it's all about writing pictures. I've seen a couple of films covering the same subject, but none were as unexplainable as this. The film starts off mundane and becomes increasingly less so in a gradual way. MUCH less so. This story does not follow a typical three act structure, nor does it have a definite ending. It's a strong, bold, but also cold statement that leaves you thinking. There's much to decipher in the undertone; metaphors, visual cues, odd choices of humor, and the dialogue containing double mean...

Rating of
3/4 

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  memento_mori
memento_mori
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08/23/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

An interesting story chronicling a writer's desire

I'm a bit of a writer myself, so I could relate to the character of Barton Fink. When he was talking passionately about 'the common man' and his dislike of the pictures, I completely understood what he meant. He wanted to portray civilization as a whole and not the Hollywood clichés. It's brilliant message.
The person who in my opinion stole the show, is John Goodman. Man, that guy can act. It was almost like he was wearing a mask of kindness as Charlie, which reminded me of Kathy Bates in Misery. Both are terrifying when they are in a good mood.
The dialogue in this film is crafty. No, that's an understatement. It's fabulous. It discusses a lot of topics altogether, but nothing in particular. Kind of like being in a dream. Some quotes I like include:
'I've always found that writing co...

Rating of
4/4 

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  Daniel Corleone
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06/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Barton Fink review

A pictured considered being film noir, a horror film, political satire and buddy flick mixed with elements of dark comedy. Barton Fink (John Turturro) was asked by Capitol Pictures head Jack Lipnick (Michael Lerner) write for a wrestling picture. His neighbor Charlie Meadows (John Goodman) sells insurance and pops in and out of his place. Barton asks assistance from Audrey Taylor (Judy Davis), the partner of skilled writer William Preston (W.P.) "Bill" Mayhew (John Mahoney), since he has ran out of ideas and time. Direction was exception with a myriad of camera angles and movements. Setting was eerie and dialogue so innovative. Fantastic screenplay evident from various characters: “We need more heart in motion pictures.” “Life is too short.” Barton – “We’re all alone in the world...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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