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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 brink of suicide and is losing touch with reality. Written by <jkeating@fast.net>

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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 »
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18 February 1999 (Germany)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

After the success of Robert Altman's Nashville (1975), Vonnegut's novel was bought by producer Dino De Laurentiis for Altman. Altman's cast for the film included Peter Falk as Hoover, Alice Cooper as his son Bunny, Sterling Hayden as Kilgore Trout and Ruth Gordon as Eliot Rosewater (as Rosewater was to be portrayed as an old man, Altman thought it didn't matter that Gordon was a woman as he believed gender differences were not as strong in the elderly. After the De Laurentiis-produced Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976) flopped, the project went into turnaround. See more »

Quotes

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

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Referenced in Nick Nolte: No Exit (2008) See more »

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Aku, Aku
Written by Julius Wechter
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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