- 1 hr 37 min
Barfly focuses on a man named Henry who is an alcoholic living in a lowdown apartment building. He works low-paying job to keep himself afloat. He finds therapy in expressing himself through writing poetry. One night, he meets a woman named Wanda, who is also an alcoholic. Henry decides to have a drink with her and she decides to invite him to her old apartment for a glass of whiskey. Things become even more interesting when Henry finds out that his best friend, Eddie has been sleeping around with Wanda. Henry isn't too bothered by this and continues to sleep with her while he constantly submits his work to numerous book and magazine publishers. Later on, a wealthy female publisher named Tully becomes quite impressed with Henry's work and decides to help publish his work. Tully had discover him and his work through a private investigator who had secretly entered Harry's apartment and took photos of his work, to prove to Tully that his work was legitimate. Tully then agrees to pay Henry 500 dollars to take her back to her home and sleep with her. Henry finds the amount of wealth and attention flattering, but he feels a bit uncomfortable with being romantically involved with Tully. Henry tries to leave this lavish lifestyle behind, only to return to the life he once had. As soon as he leaves Tully's home, he heads straight to the bar to reunite with Wanda. Tully tries to see if she can change Henry's mind and she runs into Wanda. Wanda becomes extremely jealous and tries to fight Tully out of rage. Henry expresses his feelings for Wanda and Tully has nothing more to do with him, dropping his publishing deal and giving up her pursuit of him immediately.