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Barton Fink (1991)

Cast: John Turturro, John Turturro, John Turturro, more...
Director: Joel Coen, Joel Coen, Joel Coen
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Black Comedy
Running Time: 115 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Synopsis
The title character, played by John Turturro, is a Broadway playwright, based on Clifford Odets, lured to Hollywood with the promise of untold riches by a boorish studio chieftain (played by Michael Lerner as a combination of Louis B. Mayer and Harry Cohn). Despising the film capital and everything it stands for, Barton Fink comes down with an acute case of writer's block. He is looked after by a secretary (Judy Davis) who has been acting as a ghost writer for an alcoholic screenwriter (John Mahoney, playing a character based on William Faulkner). Also keeping tabs on Fink is a garrulous traveling salesman (John Goodman), the most likeable, stable character in the picture. And then comes the plot twist to end all plot twists, plunging Barton Fink into a surreal nightmare that would make Hieronymus Bosch look like a house painter. Once more, Ethan and Joel Coen serve up a smorgasbord of quirkiness and kinkiness, where nothing is what it seems and nothing turns out as planned. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Wonderful by Scootchka February 7, 2004 - 5:30 PM PST
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3 out of 6 members found this review helpful
An example of superb directing, superb performance, and superb cinematography. If you like the coen brothers, there's no doubt in my mind ---you will like this film. Check it out!




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