Barton Fink Movie Review 1991

Information and Film Reviews for Barton Fink the Movie

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This eerie comic nightmare comes laden with awards (including the Palme D'Or from Cannes) but only really works if you care about the time and place. Fink is a trendy New York playwright staying in a seedy Hollywood hotel in the 1940s, straining to write a simple B-movie script. Macabre events, both real and imagined, compound his writer's block. Superb set design from Dennis Gassner complements an unforgettable cast of grotesques.


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Available on VHS
Running time 116 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Black Comedy, Filmmaking, L.A., Period Piece: 1940s, Writers
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner, John Mahoney, Tony Shalhoub, Jon Polito, Steve Buscemi, David Warrilow, Richard Portnow, Christopher Murney
Roger Deakins
Joel Coen
Carter Burwell
Circle Films


Cannes 1991: Actor (Turturro), Director (Coen), Film; L.A. Film Critics 1991: Cinematog., Support. Actor (Lerner); N.Y. Film Critics 1991: Cinematog., Support. Actress (Davis); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1991: Cinematog.

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