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Twisty and unsettling, the Coen brothers' satirical tale of a 1940s playwright struggling with writer's block is packed with their trademark sense of humor and terrific performances from its cast. Read critic reviews

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Set in 1941, an intellectual New York playwright Barton Fink (John Turturro) accepts an offer to write movie scripts in L.A. He finds himself with writer's block when required to do a B-movie script. His neighbor tries to help, but he continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him.

Cast & Crew

John Turturro
Barton Fink
John Goodman
Charlie Meadows
Judy Davis
Audrey Taylor
Michael Lerner
Jack Lipnick
John Mahoney
W.P. Mayhew
Tony Shalhoub
Ben Geisler
Jon Polito
Lou Breeze
David Warrilow
Garland Stanford
Richard Portnow
Detective Mastrionotti
Joel Coen
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Ben Barenholtz
Executive Producer
Bill Durkin
Executive Producer
Jim Pedas
Executive Producer
Ted Pedas
Executive Producer
Carter Burwell
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  • Feb 20, 2015
    Well damn son did that lest twenty minutes ever turn me around on this one. Barton Fink is a perfect example of how you don't need to have any idea where your story is going, so long as you nail everything else, you can still come out with a grade-A film.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2014
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  • Dec 11, 2013
    An always smart and intriguing film that combines acid criticism (especially of Hollywood) and a surreal feel of nightmare the way the Coen brothers do best, with a cynical, sophisticated sense of humor, priceless dialogue and a delicious gallery of fascinating characters.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2013
    Barton Fink is a great film directed by the Coen Brothers, and it tells a really compelling story based on a smartly, well written screenplay that only the Coen Brothers could write. Each of their films are unique in their own way and this is very much the case with this impressive movie. A talented Playwright goes to Hollywood to start work on his first screenplay, and he discovers that Hollywood is much harder than what he thought it was going to be. The portrayal of Barton Fink is immaculate in the hands of actor John Torturro, who has done some impressive work with the Coens since. With this film, he really displays the talent that he uses to great advantage, and you are simply captivated by his performance. This is a superb drama film that is among their best piece of work. With a brilliant cast at their disposal, and a well written script, Barton Fink is a must watch for viewers that enjoy a compelling dramatic work. Barton Fink isn't a perfect film, but nonetheless it is a fine example of why the Coen Brothers are terrific filmmakers who can tell an engaging story. Barton Fink is a well crafted picture that showcases great talent on-screen and it is a film that stands out among the Coen Brothers strongest efforts. That is a strong statement, because each of their efforts are well executed, well thought out storylines and effective performances that really make their work stand out among other directors. I really enjoyed the film, and thought that the cast and story were quite wonderful, and it could have been better in some areas, but overall this is yet another solid piece of cinema from two directors who know how to spin a terrific yarn.
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