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Release Date: August 14th, 1991

DVD Release Date: May 20th, 2003

R|1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary
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: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner, John Mahoney, Tony Shalhoub, Jon Polito, Steve Buscemi

Director: Joel Coen

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Circle Films, Inc.

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Transformation, 1940s, Dark, Hotel, Death, New York City, Fall

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Stimulating entertainment, as rigorously challenging and painfully funny as anything the Coens have done. But it's necessary to meet the Coens halfway. If you don't, Barton Fink is an empty exercise that will bore you breathless. If you do, it's a comic nightmare that will stir your imagination like no film in years. show more

  • But even as the film's weaknesses make themselves more and more apparent, so does Mr. Turturro's virtuosity. [15 Aug 1991, p.A10(E)]

  • A black comedy in the tradition of David Lynch, Luis Bunuel and the Coens assured piece of comic filmmaking. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role