Barton Fink

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New York intellectual Barton Fink comes to Hollywood in 1941 to write a screenplay, but he soon finds himself with a severe case of writer's block as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him from his task.
Directors
Joel CoenEthan Coen
Starring
John TurturroJohn GoodmanJudy Davis
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SuspenseComedyDrama
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Michael LernerJohn Mahoney
Producers
Ethan CoenGraham Place
Studio
20th Century Fox
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R (Restricted)
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's esoteric and absurd from start to finish in one of the Cohen Bros quirkier releases
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John Turturro is Barton Fink a New York playwright who decides to try to make it in Hollywood. Fink champions the working man but can’t write when he moves to Los Angeles. This is another one of the quirky movies made by the Coen Brothers, but also a commentary about Hollywood.

Fink represents struggling writers in the movie business. For example he’s told to do a wrestling movie and he doesn’t even know how to write a script let alone something about wrestlers. He also has writers block as he’s taken out of his environment of New York City and enters Los Angles where everything is foreign to him. He also meets people like W.P. Mayhew (John Mahonye) who is a famous novelist but can’t get any work in LA. Are these people warnings to Fink or foreshadowing of what’s going to happen to him?

Overall, Barton Fink is definitely one of the weirder Cohen brothers productions. It’s esoteric and absurd from start to finish.
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rudolph g behrmannReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Darkly funny, and unexpectedly sinister.
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Classic Coen bros film. I first saw this in the theatre in the 90s. It was marketed as a dark comedy, but this film is so much more than that. An excellent film. John Tuturro is phenomenal as the title character, John Goodman is unexpectedly good as the annoying traveling salesman with a surprising darkness within him. Fink's twisted relationship with Hollywood as a feature screenwriter is a wonderful character examination.
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Simeon 'Sam' HoveyReviewed in the United States on May 17, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
The First Coen Brothers Movie That Has Disappointed Me
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Based on their past work I was hoping for another but this is not the case, I watched the first half of the movie hoping it was character and plot development that was a set up for the usual off beat and quirky movies they have made so many of. But this is one I will be throwing away..

There wasn't a single character who drew my interest nor was there even a plot during the first half. The second half is based on a murder set up with an all too sudden and bewildering fini.
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Carol F. MetzgerReviewed in the United States on April 3, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Intriguing, entertaining, artsy
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I needed to complete my Coen Bros viewing agenda, and I'm glad I did. But this is not their best. As far as I can tell, it is a core dump of elements clogging the creative river on the way to Miller's Crossing. And it shows. HOWEVER I still enjoyed seeing it. John Goodman is amazing; I think he and Turturro made the film. The other characters were pretty stereotyped and predictable. I believe that was intentional and a satire of the noir genre.

I really want an answer to one burning question. No, not, "was the head in the box." Was Barton Fink styled to look like Harold Lloyd on purpose?
Doug Barger - AuthorReviewed in the United States on February 3, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Barton Fink Delivers Quirky Entertainment
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I had to watch this film for college film class so I was glad to save a little money using my Prime account.

Barton Fink is rich in cinematic language communicating much more than just the words you hear the actors and actresses say.

Set during a time when fascists powers were on the rise in parts of the world, the main protagonist is Barton Fink.

Fink starts out as a playwright who enjoys some critical acclaim for his play in New York and as a result, Hollywood comes calling. At first, he's reluctant to "sell out" his belief in representing the common man because he believes he'll be pressured into writing purely for profit, he eventually makes the move...and that's where the action really begins! There are more than a few completely unexpected plot twists and plenty of action at just the right times. What does the picture of the girl sitting on the beach mean to you?

I enjoyed this offbeat, quirky and yet fun film as I got to hang out with a fellow writer, Barton Fink.

I think you'll enjoy it too.

Doug Barger
Author of [[ASIN:1481109782 Entrepreneurship Success Secrets: "Discover the Entrepreneur Within You!"]]
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It's That Guy PhilReviewed in the United States on October 12, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my favorite quirky "cult" films
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One of my favorite quirky "cult" movies. I have loved this film since it first came out, and enjoy watching it again here and there. I never had it on DVD before, so it's a nice addition to my collection. The story line is great. It sucks you in right away with that curiosity of whether or not it will be boring, but ever so carefully, the twists begin and before long you are entranced until the end... which is worth waiting for.
As well, John Turturro and John Goodman are both excellent in their roles, as this showcases their best attributes.
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Raider JackReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars
Another Coen Brothers Classic!!!
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I recently purchased "Barton Fink" along with "Miller's Crossinhg", another Coen Brothers gem.

Barton Fink quite simply is a writer who cannot see the forest for the trees. He is so taken with the fact that he is a writer that he can't write. He is so idealistic that he misses fantastic opportunities to become a writer for the ages because he wastes precious time proeselytizing. John Goodman perfectly sums up eveyone's frustration with Barton Fink when after a series of unfortunate occurrences, Barton asks him "Why me?" to which John's character answers "Because you don't LISTEN!"

Set in 1930s Hollywood we follow the exploits of a one-hit wonder, Barton Fink, who has written a successful Broadway play and is summoned by the powers that be to Hollywood. After much cajoling to take the job from his agent, Barton arrives in Los Angeles determined to become the writer for the common man where he insists true stories live. The trouble with Barton, however, is he does not have time for the common man because he has so romanticised their lot as well as his particular quest in speaking for them.

Excellent performances from John Turturo, John Goodman, Judy Davis, John Polito (often overlooked, but his scenes ALWAYS become his!!) and the inimitable Tony Shalub.

I have decided after a slew of Coen Brothers films I currently have in my collection, that any project these guys are involved with deserve more than passing scrutiny.
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Lonesome DoveReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
No One Wants to Know
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All writers have a bit of masochism until blood begins to seep out from under their fingernails. Then, it's all better. With this carefully chosen character name for John Turturro's role, Barton Fink, we leave the familiar digs of off Broadway's theatrical success, and watch reclusive Barton Fink take the hook, fly to LA where he takes occupancy in a strange hotel (Can you see Jack Nicholson's face, grimacing?) and settles in to write a film. Da da dee dum da dee....as his neighboring roomie drifts in, he's savaged by stereotypical Hollywood producers, passive alternating with aggressive, until the viewer realizes at the very end.....he's been had! But do you know how you've been had? Hint: Look for obvious hyperbole in audio, setting, and visual bits. An excellent and artistic portrayal of the writer's process.
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