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Released: September 02, 1987
Runtime: 100 mins
Genres: Drama Comedy Romance
Countries: USA
Director: Barbet Schroeder
Actors: Albert Henderson Alice Krige Charles Bukowski Damon Hines Faye Dunaway Frank Stallone Fritz Feld Gary Carlos Cervantes George Marshall Ruge Gloria LeRoy Harry Cohn Jack Nance JC Quinn Joe Unger Lahmard J Tate Leonard Termo Michael Collins Mickey Rourke Pearl Shear Pruitt Taylor Vince Rik Colitti Roberta Bassin Ronald G Joseph Sandy Martin Stacey Pickren Vance Colvig Jr Wil Albert

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Posted by Graiskye 4 days ago
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This movie is the reason Bukowski wrote Hollywood. Pretty much sums up whatr he thought of it. As far as portraying Bukowskis life, its a complete load of BS, the other film Factotum is really no better. Charles had a job, he worked full time,at the post office for thge UPS, and had to be convinced to quit his job and write full time. He did not want to screw up the good job that he had, going on over ten years at the post office. He never lived as they portray in this movie, he never lived as a bum on skid row, thats just the hollywood image. Typical hollywood, they take a fascinating character of a man and turn him into a joke. You want to know about Bukowski what he was like, watch Born into this, there you will get a taste of the real Charles Bukowski, or Hank as he was too his freinds.

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Posted by ilk_mishpocha 2 months ago
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Woke up this morning and it seemed to me That every night turns out to be A little more like Bukowski And yeah, I know he's a pretty good read But God who'd wanna be? God who'd wanna be such an asshole? God who'd wanna be? God who'd wanna be such an asshole? -modest mouse

Posted by kanney 1 year, 7 months ago
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One of my favorites it's funny sad and just good entertainment.5/5

Posted by nickel721 2 years, 6 months ago
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One of this best not too many people know about this one.......A must see for a micky fan!.........

Posted by withit062714 4 years, 2 months ago ( Edited 3 years, 3 months ago )
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Ya know, this flick has been a guilty pleasure of mine for close to 20 years!

Posted by Precious1 4 years, 4 months ago ( Edited 3 years, 7 months ago )
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Excellent screenplay by Charles Bukowski!!! Loved every drop of a word and all the situations!!!5/5

Posted by DJGREENUTS 4 years, 11 months ago ( Edited 4 years, 11 months ago )
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this movie brings back fuzzy memories of being drunk in a college town, and bar hopping

Posted by lepiki 4 years, 12 months ago
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this is truly wonderful movie-making with a performance by Mickey Rourke that burns up the screen 5/5

Posted by MOVIEMANIAK420 5 years, 2 months ago
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This is absolutely 1 of my favorite movies of all time.

Posted by jeffartist 5 years, 2 months ago
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A work of art J.F

Posted by Mojo 5 years, 2 months ago
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Hell YEA! I'm glad we finally got this exceptional film--always been one of my favorites. I know many hardcore Bukowski fans don't like this film adaptation of his book, but I enjoyed it immensely. It's a completely different medium, with another viewpoint and interpretation, so I never really try to compare movies based on a book anyway; it ruins the experience. 5/5 Stars.

Posted by tstarx_6453 3 years, 2 months ago
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ha!!! did anyone else get the snagglepuss vibe from mickey? it took me most of the movie 2 remember which cartoon character he reminded me of. great film tho 9.5/10

Posted by rad061867 3 years, 5 months ago
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I don't see how so many people can say this was a top film. The connection between Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway had no chemistry.The movie was shot in a Hollywood set that made the entire scene just a little too contrived to make their point about this darker side of life. Furthermore, Rourke's affect was super annoying. It wasn't a bad movie, but most definitely not a great movie.

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