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one of the best films i have ever seen. this is a must have for any lover of good acting and good ideas. written by Charles Bukowski, dubbed the 'poet laureat of the slums,' it is a tale of a man, Henry Chinasky, who like Bukowsky spends his life either being drunk, writing, or both. fights take place, promiscuity is rife, and yet one cannot help but note the almost raw beauty inherent in this life-style. The message i feel the film is really trying to give is that it doesn't matter what your social standing is, since all happiness is essentially comparative. Further, Henry Chinasky is poignant in saying 'in this world, everybody has to BE something...' and he rebels against this standard, the most you could ever call him was a drunk. But he was proud of it.