Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway deliver outstanding performances in this cult classic. Barfly is a semi-autobiographical account by American poet, novelist and short story writer Charles Bukowski of his days hanging around bars in Los Angeles, drinking heavily. Though set within this grimy world of down-and-outs, the film manages to be noble and humorous throughout.
For director Barbet Schroeder, Barfly was a labour of love. A fan of Bukowski’s, Schroeder commissioned him to write the screenplay; but it took eight years to get the film made. Schroeder finally secured funding from Cannon Films by threatening to cut-off one of his own fingers with a battery-powered saw if they would not deliver.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:
Direction: Barbet Schroeder
Screenplay: Charles Bukowski
Cinematography: Robby Müller
Editing: Éva Gárdos
Score: Jack Baran
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Alice Krige, Jack Nance, J.C. Quinn, Frank Stallone, Sandy Martin, Roberta Bassin, Gloria LeRoy, Joe Unger, Harry Cohn, Pruitt Taylor, Fritz Feld, Donald L. Norden