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

- Absolutely.

I'd like to get ahold of your ten.

I'd hate to be you if I we're me.

What holds you up, motherf***er?

You usually fall by now.

- OK, Eddie.

- What's ok, you f***ing romie. What's ok?

- You've got him?

- Got him.

Oh, man.

Ten, twenty,...

Oh, Eddie. Eddie, what that bastard did you?

F***ing almost killed me.

Hey, man. Give me a draft.

No, no.

I'm sorry man, I can't serve you.

Yo, Henry.

Look Henry, take this. Eddie wailed through

his blood, but he paid up.

Come on, take it. You've earned your

collar, all I did was watch.

Ey, I can't take the money, Jim.

Suppose I'd lost.

You buy alot of drinks for this, slugger.

As you put it that way, I'll take

a couple of scotch and waters.

You should take some more.

Hey, what do you think I am? A bum?

- Thanks Jim. - You've been not eating anything for a while.

It might turn to something dangerous.

Hey. Give me a beer.

- Christ, who's that one?

- Who?

That woman. She looks like a kind

of distressed goddess.

- Oh, Wanda

- Wanda?

Hey tell me man. This Wanda she

looks pretty good.

- How come nobody sits next to her?

- She's crazy.

Crazy? Oh.

I can't stand people.

- I hate them.

- Oh, yeah?

You hate them?

No, but I seem to feel better

when they're not around.

Hey barkeep. Two scotch and waters.

May I ask you the same damn think,

people are always asking me?


Like what do you do?

I drink.

- That's it.

- That's what?

I'm broke. Can't buy another drink.

You mean, you don't have any money?

No money. No job. No rent.

Hey, I'm back to normal.

Come with me.

No, I'll have a couple of packs

of smokes. Merrit's.

- Care for a couple of cigars?

- Yeah.

Couple of good cigars.

And charge it to Rob Revans.

Wanda, I'm gonna have to call Willbur for his ok.

Go ahead.

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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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