Barton Fink script
Barton Fink (1991)
Synopsis: Set in 1941, an intellectual New York playwright Barton Fink (John Turturro) accepts an offer to write movie scripts in L.A. He finds himself with writer's block when required to do a B-movie script. His neighbor tries to help, but he continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him.

BARTON:

Don't get me wrong - I'm glad it'll do well for you, Derek.

DEREK:

Don't worry about me, dear boy - I want you to celebrate.

BARTON:

All right, but I can't start listening to the critics, and I

can't kis myself about my own work. A writer writes from

his gut, and his gut tells him what's good and what's...

merely adequate.

POPPY:

Well I don't pretend to be a critic, but Lord, I have a gut,

and it tells me it was simply marvelous.

RICHARD:

And a charming gut it is.

POPPY:

You dog!

RICHARD:

(baying)

Aaa-woooooooo!

Barton turns to look for the source of an insistent jingling. We swish pan

off him to find a busboy marching through the restaurant displaying a page

sign, bell attached, with Barton's name on it.

TRACKING IN TOWARD A BAR

A distinguished fifty-year-old gentleman in evening clothes is nursing a

martini, watching Barton approach.

PULLING BARTON:

As he draws near.

BARTON:

I thought you were going to join us. Jesus, Garland, you

left me alone with those people.

GARLAND:

Don't panic, I'll join you in a minute. What's you think of

Richard and Poppy?

Barton scowls

BARTON:

The play was marvelous. She wept, copiously. Millions of

dollars and no sense.

Garland smiles, then draws Barton close.

GARLAND:

We have to talk a little business. I've just been on the

phone to Los Angeles. Barton, Capitol Pictures wants to

put you under contract. They've offered you a thousand

dollars a week. I think I can get them to go as high as

two.

BARTON:

To do what?

GARLAND:

What do you do far a living?

BARTON:

I'm not sure anymore. I guess I try to make a difference.

GARLAND:

Fair enough. No pressure here, Barton, because I respect

you, but let me point out a couple of things. One, here

you make a difference to five hundred fifty people a

night - if the show sells out. Eighty-five million people

go to the pictures every week.

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Joel Coen

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for No Country for Old Men (2007), The Big Lebowski (1998) and Fargo (1996). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child. more…

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