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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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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:

$178,278

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$178,278
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Buck Henry previously appeared in Harrison Bergeron (1995), which was also based on a novel by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 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 opening credits, Vonnegut's drawing of an "asshole" (from the novel) is shown when "directed by Alan Rudolph" appears on the screen. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Borrowed Borodin
Written by K. Trout
Performed by Lukas Haas
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Sorry failed adaptation . . . stinky head cheese
22 November 2004 | by artimusduckSee all my reviews

I'll keep it short: absolutely loved the book, for over 20 years. Still holds up and retains the quirky, sarcastic and sardonic elements that made me fall in love with it when I was 15. The movie is yet another failed adaptation of Vonnegut's work. It tries, it swings for the fences, but ultimately, it completely misses. I wanted to like this movie. I tried reeeaaalllll hard, but let's face it, it stinks.

I'm not a literature snob, I think many outstanding films have been made from great books (To Kill a Mockingbird, for one), many great films have been made from sub-par books (Being There, in my opinion is one), and pretty good films CAN be made from Vonnegut (SH5 was a pretty good adaptation and Mother Night was very good, I

thought). This one was not a good film, or even a decent film. It stunk big head cheese left on a hot Texas porch in July.

It wasn't for lack of trying or talent, it just failed to understand the material or simply wasn't able to translate it to film (and I just gotta say, I don't care if BoC is Willis' favorite book, he can't pull off Dwayne Hoover and his presence, while being the sole reason for this adaptation's existence, kills the film, from his acting to his obvious control over it behind the scenes as a producer and a financier). Imagine if William H. Macy was in it. That might be a good film. Try to avoid the temptation to see if this group can pull the movie off. They can't and you will be left unfulfilled and depressed, or even p*ssed off. Like I was.


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