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R| 2 hr. 10 min.

Plot Summary
This documentary chronicles the writer Charles Bukowski, who is as well known for his drinking binges as for his poetry and prose. Using interviews with Bukowski and other footage, filmmaker John Dullaghan tells the story of a man who struggles to make a living while he writes from the heart. Then, after editor John Martin of Black Sparrow Press discovers Bukowski, his work becomes much more widely read. The film also includes comments from famous fans Bono, Sean Penn and Harry Dean Stanton.


Director: John Dullaghan

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Magnolia Films

Bukowski: Born into This (2003)

Release Date: May 28th, 2004|2 hr. 10 min.

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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    It's the portrait of an artist who had neither time nor respect for literary niceties -- he was, in the words of publisher John Martin, a "man of the street writing for the man of the street." show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    He's not someone you may wish you'd known, but he's a fascinating street character. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Despite the fact there's no lack of raw material, Bukowski fails to place its subject's actions and statements in any psychological or literary context. It's simply a celebration of Bukowski's misogyny and self-abuse. show more

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