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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$175,370, 19 December 1999
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of two films to feature Nick Nolte in an adaptation from a Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. novel. The first one was Mother Night (1996). 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 Mother Night (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Kalua (Love Song of)
Written by Ken Darby
Performed by Martin Denny
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14 April 2004 | by sunsixSee all my reviews

I'm afraid that in the era of pop-no-where-ism, where the reality show sets the rules; films like this one will get worse and worse reviews as time moves on. I didn't read Vonnegut until my early thirties and I grew up with Vonnegut's as a kid-no kidding. When I started reading, I just read and read in one extensive gulp. First, there's no good way to try to adapt a Vonnegut book to film. To the reviewers -if you can call them that-who say I've read the book and this movie is a miserable adaptation-go figure?! This is a very good vetting of the themes Vonnegut loves, and using the rambling urban neuroses approach, mastered by Altman, Rudolph revvs us up for the big psychic upchuck that this is all about. This is not a great movie but given the importance of self reflection to American society and the rarity of it, in contemporary society-this movie is a landmark and a watermark, both.


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