Barton Fink

Barton Fink (1991)

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Jack Lipnick: It's supposed to be about big men! In tights! Both physically and mentally.

Barton Fink: I gotta tell you, the life of the mind... There's no roadmap for that territory... And exploring it can be painful.

Charlie Meadows: What a day. Felt like I couldn't sell ice water in the Sahara.

W.P. Mayhew: Me, well, I just like makin' things up.

Charlie Meadows: I sure do forget myself sometimes.

Garland Stanford: The common man will still be here when you get back. Who knows, there may even be one or two of them in Hollywood.
Barton Fink: That's a rationalization, Garland.
Garland Stanford: Barton, it was a joke.

Charlie Meadows: Yeah... Ladies do ask for attention. In my experience, they pretend to give it, but it's generally a smokescreen for demanding it back with interest.

Ben Geisler: Never make Lipnick like you.

Detective Mastrionotti: Started in Kansas City. Couple of housewives.
Detective Deutsch: Couple days ago we see the same M.O. out in Los Feliz.
Detective Mastrionotti: Doctor. Ear, nose and throat man.
Detective Deutsch: All of which he's now missin'.
Detective Mastrionotti: Well, some of his throat was there.
Detective Deutsch: Physician, heal thyself.
Detective Mastrionotti: Good luck with no fuckin' head.
Detective Deutsch: Anyway.

Detective Mastrionotti: You live in 621?
Barton Fink: Yeah.
Detective Deutsch: How long you been up there, Fink?
Barton Fink: A week, eight, nine days.
Detective Mastrionotti: Is this multiple choice?

Barton Fink: I've always found that writing comes from a great inner pain.

Charlie Meadows: I pulled off early today. Took your advice, went to a doctor about this ear. He says "You have an ear infection, ten dollars please." So I says "I told you I had an ear infection, you give me ten dollars!" Well, that started an argument.

Audrey Taylor: Barton, empathy requires understanding.
Barton Fink: What? What don't I understand?

Ben Geisler: Look, you confused? You need guidance? Talk to another writer.
Barton Fink: Who?
Ben Geisler: Jesus, throw a rock in here, you'll hit one. And do me a favor, Fink: throw it hard.

Barton Fink: W.P. Mayhew? The writer?
W.P. Mayhew: Just Bill, please.
Barton Fink: Bill! You're the finest novelist of our time.

Continuity mistake: When Barton is talking to the film maker about writing the film the film maker has on a military uniform. As the scenes go back and forth between him and Barton the military ribbons come undone on one side and then miraculously return to normal.

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