Barton Fink
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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Year: 1991


Set in Hollywood during the 1940's, "Barton Fink" is a comic satire about creative egos, flashy moguls, a travelling salesman and a nasty case of writer's block. Barton Fink (John Turturro) is a New York playwright lured to Hollywood to work as a screenwriter. It doesn't take long for Barton's life to erupt in complete chaos. His studio boss orders the serious-minded Barton to write a low budget wrestling movie. Deeply disappointed, Barton returns to his seedy hotel, types one sentence and then¿ nothing. To make matters worse, he is continually interrupted by Charlie (John Goodman), a chatty travelling insurance salesman who lives next door. Eventually they become friends and Charlie tries to help Barton by teaching him the finer points of wrestling. As the clock ticks away and the temperature climbs, Barton becomes more desperate as his life spins out of control.

Disc Information

*8 Deleted scenes
*Theatrical trailer
*Cross-promo trailers: Miller's Crossing & Raising Arizona

Cast & Crew

John Turturro ... Barton Fink
John Goodman ... Charlie Meadows
Judy Davis ... Audrey Taylor
Michael Lerner ... Jack Lipnick
John Mahoney ... W.P. Mayhew
Tony Shalhoub ... Ben Geisler
Jon Polito ... Lou Breeze


Richard Schickel TIME Magazine | October 13, 2009

Gnomic, claustrophobic, hallucinatory, just plain weird, it is the kind of movie critics can soak up thousands of words analyzing and cinephiles can soak up at least three espressos arguing their way through.

David Ansen Newsweek | October 18, 2008

Again the Coens take familiar movie tropes and twist them into something new. This may be their most haunting movie.

Variety Staff Variety | November 06, 2007

Scene after scene is filled with a ferocious strength and humor.

Vincent Canby New York Times | May 20, 2003

It's an exhilarating original.

Peter Travers Rolling Stone | May 12, 2001

Partly hilarious, partly horrific, totally mesmerizing.

Desson Thomson Washington Post | January 01, 2000

If Fink lacks cumulative punch, its fighting power is a technical knockout.


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