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Barton Fink [DVD] [1991] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

John Turturro , John Goodman , Ethan Coen , Joel Coen    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner, John Mahoney
  • Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Producers: Ethan Coen, Ben Barenholtz, Bill Durkin, Graham Place
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2003
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008RH3J
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,994 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A darkly comic ride, this intense and original 1991 offering from the Coen brothers (Fargo, Blood Simple) gleefully attacks the Hollywood system and those who seek to sell out to it, portraying the writer's suffering as a loony vision of hell. John Turturro (Miller's Crossing, Jungle Fever) plays the title character, a pretentious left-wing writer from New York City who is brought to 1930s Hollywood to write a script for a wrestling movie for palooka actor Wallace Beery. Fink thinks the job is beneath him, but his desire for acceptance gets the better of him, and he suddenly finds himself holed up in a fleabag hotel in Los Angeles, where he is almost immediately afflicted with writer's block. Various distractions begin to enter his life, first in the form of a famous southern writer (John Mahoney) whom Fink idolises, and then his neighbour in the hotel, a seemingly amiable salesman played by John Goodman (Sea of Love, Raising Arizona). The writer turns out to be a self-loathing drunk whose secretary (Judy Davis) is the one actually doing the writing. And the neighbour, the working-class hero who Fink made his reputation writing about, may have a horrifying secret of his own. Equal parts social commentary and hilarious farce, and winner of the Best Picture, Actor, and Director prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, Barton Fink is a visionary and original comic masterpiece not to be missed. --Robert Lane

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent... gets better with each viewing. 8 Aug 2007
Watching "Barton Fink" will be a torture if you don't like Coen Bros and their unique style of filmmaking: ironic, surrealistic and allegorical. Winner of 3 prizes at Cannes including the Palme D'or in 1991, Barton Fink is no exception at all, even it is the most eccentric and enigmatic work in their filmography. Here, don't expect "Big Lebowski" or "O' Brother Where Art Thou" type of dark comedy or "Blood Simple" or "Fargo" type of thriller. This is PROFOUND and UNUSUAL kinda movie. Challenging all available genres and defying a simple categorization, it is almost a comedy, almost a thriller, almost a horror, almost nothing...

Writing a script about a screenwriter by taking a satiric look at Hollywood seems a great Coenistic idea, just like their other brilliance, "Hudsucker Proxy". Set in early 1940s, the story centers around a commie writer's living Hell on Earth after being paralyzed by writer's block in a bizarre hotel room in California. He's a sinner and must be punished, because he let down the "common man". Instead of staying in NY and assisting the Theatre, he moved to Hollywood in order to make a buck by writing clichéd screenplays for B-grade wrestling flicks for greedy and blustery Hollywood hotshots. Yes, he's a sinner and must be condemned to Hell, Hotel Earle.

The film tries to find its own answer to this question: does any creative, non-commercial art like literature or drama provide individual and/or societal enlightenment, or does it produce entanglement ultimately leading to solipsism, egocentricity and self-absorption?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wrestling picture... 22 Aug 2007
This marvellous surreal movie from the Coen brothers centers around Barton Fink (John Turturro), a successful New York playwright who is lured to Hollywood with the prospect of big money and stardom. On arrival though he gets writers block and is unable to produce the screenplay for the wrestling picture that Jack Lipnick requires.

Lipnick as played by Michael Lerber is the classic studio boss taken to the extreme. Both terrifying in his power and very funny. A truly mesmerising performance by Lerner. However the cast are all excellent. John Mahoney is also great as W.P. Mayhew a famous Hollywood writer that Barton looks to for help. As it turns out he is a roaring drunk and his wife actually does most of the writing. The scenes involving Mayhew are hilarious. A lot of the time he is not even in shot but you can hear him screaming in the background (for example "Honey! Where's my honey?") as Barton tries to arrange a meeting with him through his wife.

And then there is John Goodman. He plays Charlie Meadows ostensibly an insurance salesman staying in a room near Barton in the same hotel. However Meadows is not what he seems, but I'll leave it up to you to decide what he really is..... Goodman as he was in The Big Lebowski is in scene stealing form.

So this is a typical Coen brothers movie, very funny in places, very weird in places, and overall superb.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Early Coen Brothers 8 Oct 2006
By Albert
Barton Fink, the Coen Brothers' fourth film, won the Best Director and Golden Palm awards at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival, as well as the Best Actor award for John Turturro. With an engaging script, great character performances by, among others, Turturro and Goodman, Barton Fink is funny and gripping in equal measure. Ethan Coen mused in an interview that this was "a buddy movie for the 1990s" [see [...] but, like other films made by the Coen Brothers, Barton Fink cannot be neatly categorised and is a film of stark contrasts. Violent, yet humorous, this is a psycho-drama with a host of amusing and intriguing characters.

Barton Fink (Turturro) is a serious and critically-acclaimed playwright in 1940s New York. Having come to the attention of a Hollywood movie mogul, he is lured to Los Angeles to write for the movies. Finding himself contracted to write a "wrestling" film, Fink is tormented by writer's block and seeks help from another writer's secretary (Judy Davis). Lodged in the eerie Hotel Earle, with its dim lighting, peeling wallpaper and eccentric plumbing system, Fink also encounters his neighbour, insurance-seller Charlie Meadows (Goodman). Despite passionately espousing the virtues of theatre for and about "the common man", Fink's lack of interest in his neighbour's own stories about working life has disturbing consequences. It is the heightened drama in Fink's own life that finally gives him the impetus he needs to write again.

It is the Coen Brothers' characteristic wry, ironic sense of humour and quirky style, together with Turturro's intense brooding performance as Fink often captured in long takes and periods of silence, which makes watching this film a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Coen's classic. 4 Feb 2003
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
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I don't think the Coen's have made a bad film- even their lost work with Sam Raimi, 1985's Crimewave has some positive points. Some of their film might depend on the mood of the viewer- works that are maybe too quirky such as The Big Lebowski & The Hudsucker Proxy may not be as dependable as the more 'serious' works such as Fargo & Miller's Crossing (personally I'm more of a Lebowski man...). But this 1991 film manages to bridge the gap between the absurd and the serious...
This won several major awards, such as an unprecedented three awards at Cannes- so I can't see how this is 'undervalued'- a tag which is more suited to The Hudsucker Proxy or Lebowksi. Coen's regular John Turturro is the eponymous hero- a writer not dissimilar to Clifford Odets (Waiting for Lefty), who has a romanticised theory of the working classes, which was in vogue in the 30's/40s, pre-McCarthy. He is offered the chance to go & write scripts in Hollywood- making one think of such luminaries as Raymond Chandler, William Faulkner & Nathaniel West, who all did the same...
Fink checks into a hotel, populated by the seemingly unsleeping Chet (Steve Buscemi), mosquitos, thin walls, falling wallpaper & a bizarre insurance salesman (John Goodman). He also enters the equally absurd world of Hollywood- where he is commisioned to write a wrestling flick; it is here he begins to experience writer's block. A guy from the studio suggests he talk to another writer, enter John Mahoney as a soused scribe & his 'secretary', Judy Davis. Then Fink wakes up to the best 'corpse in a bed'-scene since The Godfather and then some cops appear, asking about headless corpses & if Fink knows anything about it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Coen Brothers, what else?
Published 6 hours ago by Gordon I. Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic film
This film, in my opinion, has one of the greatest scripts ever, which is more than done justice by John Turturro, John Goodman and the rest of the cast. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve SR 800
1.0 out of 5 stars Mis-sold A Foreign Language DVD And Ignored Complaint
This seller (Greenwise) couldn't care less that they sent me a FRENCH language version of the American
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Published 8 months ago by truth_laser
5.0 out of 5 stars poor quality blu ray
I really like the film and consider it to be one of the best coen brothers releases. What I do not like is the fine level of grain present on most of the blu ray, its very very... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Evil Homer
3.0 out of 5 stars Barton Fink Blu-ray
So i find this movie ok,good story,great quality picture and sound due to the blu-ray format,the only con about this movie is that is a bit boring.
Published 11 months ago by Nightel
5.0 out of 5 stars I COULD TELL YOU SOME STORIES
Barton Fink (John Turturro) is a privileged successful New York playwright who pens plays on the struggles of the common man, something he believes is new. Read more
Published 13 months ago by The Movie Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great present
I've bought this as a birthday present. It was a great price and arrived quicker than I had expected so I'm happy!
Published 13 months ago by helen smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Such a great film it was so good to see it again Better than I had remembered it Delivery quick and DVD in perfect condition
Published 15 months ago by skittle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Coen's Darkly Comic Nightmare
For me, this 1991 film by the Coen Brothers is probably their most visually stunning (and audacious) work. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Barton down under
This BD has already been released in Australia and at at au$12.98 price point, if not cheaper in some locations. Read more
Published on 9 May 2012 by P. Edwards
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