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Breakfast of Champions (1999)

A portrait of a fictional town in the midwest that is home to a group of idiosyncratic and slightly neurotic characters. Dwayne Hoover is a wealthy car dealership owner that's on the brink ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan Rudolph

Writers:

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (book), Alan Rudolph (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Dwayne Hoover
Albert Finney ... Kilgore Trout
Nick Nolte ... Harry Le Sabre
Barbara Hershey ... Celia Hoover
Glenne Headly ... Francine Pefko
Lukas Haas ... George 'Bunny' Hoover
Omar Epps ... Wayne Hoobler
Vicki Lewis ... Grace Le Sabre
Buck Henry ... Fred T. Barry
Ken Hudson Campbell ... Eliot Rosewater / Gilbert (as Ken Campbell)
Jake Johannsen ... Bill Bailey
Will Patton ... Moe the Truck Driver
Chip Zien ... Andy Wojeckowzski
Owen Wilson ... Monte Rapid
Alison Eastwood ... Maria Maritimo
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Storyline

A portrait of a fictional town in the midwest that is home to a group of idiosyncratic and slightly neurotic characters. Dwayne Hoover is a wealthy car dealership owner that's on the brink of suicide, and is losing touch with reality. Written by <jkeating@fast.net>

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Taglines:

In a world gone mad, you can trust Dwayne Hoover.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and some language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1999 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Autokauppias Jumalan armosta See more »

Filming Locations:

Idaho, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,326, 19 September 1999

Gross USA:

$175,370
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bruce Willis previously starred in Color of Night (1994), then five years later Willis starred in Breakfast of Champions (1999). In fact this is the correct order as part everyday life, as "Night" comes before "Breakfast", by just taking those specific words from both of the film titles. See more »

Quotes

[on Harry dressing like a mortician]
Dwayne Hoover: Modern science has given us a vast array of colors with exciting names like Red! Blue! Orange! Brown! and PINK!
Harry Le Sabre: Why don't you come right out and say it, Dwayne?
Dwayne Hoover: Say what, Harry?
Harry Le Sabre: That I like to wear women's clothing.
Dwayne Hoover: Is that what you LIKE, Harry?
Harry Le Sabre: Yes... I mean, NO! NO! OF COURSE NOT!
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Crazy Credits

In the score listings - "Borrowed Borodin" by K.Trout (The main tune of this movie is "Stranger in Paradise", which is a "remake" of A.P.Borodin's Polovtsian Dances from "The Prince Igor". K.Trout is one of the principal characters of the movie) See more »

Connections

Follows Slaughterhouse-Five (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Kalua (Love Song of)
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4.1?
12 October 2007 | by tone143See all my reviews

Yes,"Breakfast Of Champions" is a brilliant original literary work by Kurt Vonnegut.No,the film adaptation does not do justice to the multi-layered masterpiece.Sure,maybe Robert Altman,Terry Gilliam,or David Lynch might have made better versions of it than Alan Rudolph.But a 4.1?When derivative pieces like "Disturbia",or mindless action films(I could name 50)are scoring 6's and 7's on IMDb,something is seriously out of whack.The performances alone in Breakfast are worth the price of admission,and it's got some quirky,twisted little comic moments in it.Maybe it didn't quite capture the profundity of the book like Slaughterhouse Five did,but c'mon,let's get real here.I think that maybe hardcore cult film afficianados thought it was too commercial(or something?),and the general audience out there didn't really give a rat's ass either way,so I guess that explains the 4.1.I'm giving it a well-deserved 6.Thanks.


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