Breakfast of Champions (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  18 February 1999 (Germany)
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A portrait of a fictional town in the mid west that is home to a group of idiosyncratic and slightly neurotic characters. Dwayne Hoover is a wealthy car dealer-ship owner that's on the ... See full summary »



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"God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian" is Kurt Vonnegut's exploration of death that pays tribute to life.



Cast overview, first billed only:
Celia Hoover
Francine Pefko
Grace Le Sabre
Fred T. Barry
Eliot Rosewater / Gilbert (as Ken Campbell)
Jake Johannsen ...
Bill Bailey
Moe the Truck Driver
Andy Wojeckowzski
Monte Rapid
Maria Maritimo


A portrait of a fictional town in the mid west that is home to a group of idiosyncratic and slightly neurotic characters. Dwayne Hoover is a wealthy car dealer-ship owner that's on the brink of suicide and is losing touch with reality. Written by <>

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



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




Release Date:

18 February 1999 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Autokauppias Jumalan armosta  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$42,326 (USA) (17 September 1999)


$175,370 (USA) (17 December 1999)

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Did You Know?


In Rosewater's office, a self-portrait of author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. can be seen among the paintings on the wall. See more »


Dwayne Hoover: It's all life until you're dead.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, Vonnegut's drawing of an "asshole" (from the novel) is shown when "directed by Alan Rudolph" appears on the screen. See more »


Follows Mother Night (1996) See more »


Written by Mack David, Martin Denny
Performed by Martin Denny
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Vonnegut's novel blasts to the screen in a stunning adaptation
23 January 2000 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

"Breakfast of Champions" successfully brings Vonnegut's bizarre, abstract writing style to life. Of course, it would be impossible to incorporate all of the odd elements of the novel into a film that is only 2 hours long, but, surprisingly, this movie nails just about all of them. In a hybrid between "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "Cadillac Man," this film captivates the audience from the moment Vonnegut's illustrations accent the opening credits to the extremely twisted ending. The entire cast puts on an unbelievable show, especially Bruce Willis, who gives the comedic performance of his lifetime as Dwayne Hoover. Fantastic filming combines with Vonnegut's ideas to weave the seamless tapestry of insanity that is "Breakfast of Champions."

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