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A Broadway playwright is lured to Hollywood with the promise of untold riches by a boorish studio chieftain. Despising the film capital, Fink comes down with an acute case of writer's block. He is looked after by a secretary who has been acting as a ghost writer for an alcoholic screenwriter. Then comes the plot twist, which plunges Barton Fink into a surreal nightmare.
© 1991 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: 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.
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Common Sense Media
Common Sense Says
Bizarre Hollywood dream factory. Teens only.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Barton Fink isn't for kids.Young teens may also find this film very disturbing -- it includes very graphic violence and unclear definitions of right and wrong. The police do not act responsibly.
A Lot or A Little?
The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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- Genre:Comedy, Drama, Thriller
- Release Date:August 21, 1991
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:Stereo
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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