Plot – Henry Chinaski is a talented writer but he spends all his time in a Los Angeles bar. Chinaski doesn't seem to have any moral or to believe in God. In addition to writing beautiful stories, he loves Mozart and likes to cite Tolstoy. He gets along with Wanda Wilcox, a beautiful woman and a drunkard like him. Meanwhile Tully Somerson, a rich and beautiful girl, intends to publish his works. Tully takes him in her luxurious house and spends a night with him, then she tells him she wants to give him success, but Henry refuses as he's a rebel and prefers his misery to a wealthy life. When Tully returns to look for him, Henry is spending at the bar the money he has earned with his writings.
All actors – Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Alice Krige, Jack Nance, J.C. Quinn, Frank Stallone, Sandy Martin, Roberta Bassin, Gloria LeRoy, Joe Unger, Harry Cohn, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Joe Rice, Julie 'Sunny' Pearson, Donald L. Norden, Wil Albert, Hal Shafer, Zeke Manners, Pearl Shear, Rik Colitti, Michael Collins, Ronald G. Joseph, Damon Hines, Lahmard J. Tate, Gary Carlos Cervantes, Peter Conti, Vance Colvig Jr., Stacey Pickren, Leonard Termo, Gary Cox, Fritz Feld, Albert Henderson, Sandy Rose, Madalyn Carol, George Marshall Ruge, Debby Lynn Ross, Charles Bukowskishow all
“Barfly” Quotes 21 quotes
“It's hatred. It's the only thing that lasts.”
“Why did it have to be Eddie? He symbolizes everything that disgusts me. Obviousness. Unoriginal macho energy. Ladies man.”
“- Henry: Some guys really know how to get the women.
- Jim: Now, you don't know how?
- Henry: Hey, I can get one for ten minutes. That's my limit.”
“This is a world where everybody's gotta do something. Y'know, somebody laid down this rule that everybody's gotta do something, they gotta be something. You know, a dentist, a glider pilot, a narc, a janitor, a preacher, all that.”
“- Henry: Sometimes I just get tired of thinking of all the things that I don't wanna do. All the things that I don't wanna be. Places I don't wanna go, like India, like getting my teeth cleaned. Save the whale, all that, I don't understand that.
- Jim: You're not supposed to think about it. I think the whole trick is not to think about it.”
“- Tully: I take it you don't care for my world.
- Henry: Well, baby, look around. It's a cage with golden bars.”
“I'd hate to be you if I were me.”
“- Wanda: Maybe he had a reason to kill those people.
- Henry: Yeah well most people think they do.”
“- Tully: Why did you send your stuff to us?
- Henry: Well, I liked the title of the mag. It boggled my scrotum.”
“Grow's for plants. I hate roots.”
“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.”
“- Wanda: I hate the police, don't you?
- Henry: I don't know, but I seem to feel better when they're not around.”
“- Eddie: All you gotta do is beg for a little mercy.
- Henry: Quittin' to you would be like swallowin' piss for eternity.”