Synopsis: Henry Chinaski never cared for the American dream, the thought of needing to become 'something' and fit into the system disgusts him. He believes that life is free and yours to live like you see fit, and if that in some cases involves copious amounts of whiskey then so be it. Henry spends his days drinking and listening to the radio, and he spends his nights drinking and fighting against Eddy who he thinks personifies shallowness and shameless self promoting. Sometimes in the middle of this he finds the time to jot down a few lines of poetry or a short story. After fighting Eddy and winning for a change Henry is thrown out of his regular bar where Eddy is a bartender. This leads him to seek another watering hole where he happens to find Wanda who is a barfly, in her own words "if another man came along with a fifth of whiskey, I'd go with him". Henry is not fazed by this thou and moves in with her. Of course Wanda immediately goes off and sleeps with Eddy, but after some clothes throwi
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Barbet Schroeder
Production: Cannon Releasing
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

- Oh, Really?

Yeah, killing the cockroaches

in that place of yours.

Son of a bitch. Kiss my tuck ass.


What's new?

Grandma Mo is in the back with Jack.

That's what's new.

Hey boy! Fetch me a draft.

Some guys really know how to get the women.

You don't know how?

Eh, I can get one for ten minutes.

That's my limit.


How come you're so fucked up?

Hey you! You with the filthy apron.

Be back in seconds.

I hear a voice down there,

but sure as hell don't see much.

Seems like that beatin' I gave you last

night must have rattled your bells, huh?

I remember ordering a draft, barkeep. What, are you

outta brew, or is that lobotomy finally takin' hold?

I'm gonna drive your head through that

fuckin' wall tonight, you faggot.

I pulled my punches on you last night, but no more.

Yeah, it's definitely him, all right.

So what you wanna do?

Well, I'm not sure that you wanna come down here right now.

What the f*ck do you want tonight?!

You're lookin' at a new man, my boy.

I've got a full tank of fuel.

You've got to pay for that goddamned beer.

Eddie, come close, I want to tell you something.

- Come here, I want you to hear it good.

- Hear what?

Your mother's cunt stinks like carpet cleaner.

That's it, f*ck! Come on!

F*ck you!!

I've seen enough of these fights.

My god, there's nothin' left of it.

She's like a vacuum cleaner.

20 bucks, Jack.

All right, I'm giving 3 to 1 odds. I'll have

this fag lickin' my balls inside of 5 minutes.

You want? How about you?

How 'bout you?

- How about you?

- Yeah, I'll take 10 bucks for that.

You're on.

Hey Jim, maybe I can't.

Your life is just a points of can'ts.

You can't work, you can't f*ck and you can't fight.

- I'm still putting up ten in taken 3 to 1.

- You're on it.

- You cover for Eddie?

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Charles Bukowski

Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. His work addresses the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women, and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over 60 books. The FBI kept a file on him as a result of his column, Notes of a Dirty Old Man, in the LA underground newspaper Open City.Bukowski published extensively in small literary magazines and with small presses beginning in the early 1940s and continuing on through the early 1990s. As noted by one reviewer, "Bukowski continued to be, thanks to his antics and deliberate clownish performances, the king of the underground and the epitome of the littles in the ensuing decades, stressing his loyalty to those small press editors who had first championed his work and consolidating his presence in new ventures such as the New York Quarterly, Chiron Review, or Slipstream." Some of these works include his Poems Written Before Jumping Out of an 8 Story Window, published by his friend and fellow poet Charles Potts, and better known works such as Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame. These poems and stories were later republished by John Martin's Black Sparrow Press (now HarperCollins/Ecco Press) as collected volumes of his work. In 1986 Time called Bukowski a "laureate of American lowlife". Regarding Bukowski's enduring popular appeal, Adam Kirsch of The New Yorker wrote, "the secret of Bukowski's appeal. . . [is that] he combines the confessional poet's promise of intimacy with the larger-than-life aplomb of a pulp-fiction hero."Since his death in 1994, Bukowski has been the subject of a number of critical articles and books about both his life and writings, despite his work having received relatively little attention from academic critics during his lifetime. more…

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