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Henry chinaski considers himself a writer and on occassion writes. Mostly he quests for booze and women that sidetrack rather than inspire greatness. When he falls for jan, the soulful connection fails to save either from their self-destructive ways and the relationship totters between connection and reflective loathing.


Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 203141692
UPC 796019797351
UPC 14 00796019797351
Format DVD
Release Date 5/8/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Dillon,Matt
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Cast & Crew
Adrienne Shelly - Actor
Bent Hamer - Director
Bent Hamer, et. al. - Producer
Charles Bukowski - Based On Novel By
Jim Stark, et. al. - Writer
John Christian Rosenlund - Cinematographer
Kristin Asbjornsen, et. al. - Original Music By
Lili Taylor - Actor
Marisa Tomei - Actor
Matt Dillon - Actor
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Welcome to the world of Charles Bukowski - poet, author, skid row denizen, alcoholic, and hero to millions (most of them in Europe). Factotum is director Bent Hamer's attempt to bring a version of Bukowski's novel to the screen. This isn't the first time the controversial figure's work has formed the basis of a film. Most memorably, Bukowski scripted 1987's Barfly, which featured Mickey Roarke in the role of Henry Chinaski, Bukowski's fictional alter-ego. 18 years later, Matt Dillon steps into that role for Factotum...Those who have seen Barfly will notice differences and similarities. Both films provide a perspective of life as filtered through booze, with a main character whose alcoholism and art are inextricably entwined.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review It's hard to make movies about authors, since writers often lead solitary lives, and there's not much drama in watching someone write, so very few of Bukowski's stories have been made into movies. 1987's Barfly proved that Bukowski's life was interesting enough to be rehashed on the big screen, but it's taken 18 years for another film, Factotum, to be made about the hard-drinking, everyman author. And Factotum, which basically means jack-of-all-trades employee, shows that Bukowski's stories are as interesting, funny, tragic, and relevant as ever...Factotum may ultimately be for Bukowski fans only, but one hopes that it draws a larger audience. When the film ends, it's ultimately uplifting because it shows the beginnings of Chinaski pulling himself out of the mire of hard living and into the realm of greater things.
Reviewer James Emanuel Shapiro
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Dillon,Matt
Label Genius Products Inc.
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leslie Felperin, Variety ...caustically funny...and rather enjoyable in its life-of-a-starving-artist miserableness.
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle ...funny-serious, and smart...
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune ...a good movie about the L.A. underbelly...

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