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Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

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In the 1970s, a young trans woman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving her Irish town for London, in part to look for her mother and in part because her gender identity is beyond the town's understanding.

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Neil Jordan

Writers:

Neil Jordan, Pat McCabe (as Patrick McCabe) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cillian Murphy ... Patrick 'Kitten' Braden
Morgan Jones Morgan Jones ... Building Site Worker
Eva Birthistle ... Eily Bergin
Liam Neeson ... Father Liam
Mary Coughlan Mary Coughlan ... Housekeeper
Conor McEvoy Conor McEvoy ... Young Patrick Braden
Ruth McCabe ... Ma Braden
Charlene McKenna ... Caroline Braden
Seamus Reilly Seamus Reilly ... Lawrence
Peter Owens Peter Owens ... Butcher
Emmet Lawlor McHugh Emmet Lawlor McHugh ... Young Irwin
Bianca O'Connor Bianca O'Connor ... Young Charlie
Paraic Breathnach Paraic Breathnach ... Benny Feely
Pat McCabe Pat McCabe ... Peepers Egan / Schoolmaster (as Patrick McCabe)
Owen Roe ... Dean
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Storyline

A young transwoman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age in the 1970s. She leaves her Irish town, in part to look for her mother and in part because her transgender nature is beyond the town's understanding. She's taken in by a rock band, falls for the lead singer, has brushes with the IRA, is arrested by the London police, works in a peep show, and poses as a survey researcher for the phone company. Throughout, her nationality and her nature put her at great risk. In her search for her mother, she makes surprising discoveries of friendship and family. But, will she survive? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Same world, different planet!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

6 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desayuno en Plutón See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£199,154 (United Kingdom), 15 January 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,279, 20 November 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$828,699, 26 March 2006
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

Although The Wombles would have been at the height of their popularity during the film's mid-70s setting, the appearances of the featured Wombles are based on the designs from their late-90s revival, in particular Wellington. Also, Alderney is shown - although included in the books, she didn't make her screen debut until the 90s series. See more »

Quotes

Father Liam: You have your mother's eyes. Do you know that, Patrick. The colour of the ocean beyond Rosses Point.
Patrick "Kitten" Braden: You took her there?
Father Liam: Many times. Things... could have been so different...
Patrick "Kitten" Braden: Ssh. Don't say anything. Because you know the strangest thing? I went looking for her. But I found you.
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Crazy Credits

With thanks to the people of Callan Co., Kilkenny See more »

Connections

Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
(1933)
Music by Jerome Kern (as Kern)
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach (as Harbach)
Performed by Billy Livsey
Published by Universal Music Publishing Limited
Licensed courtesy of Face The Music
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Breakfast on Pluto is amazing
10 October 2005 | by Skstar1723See all my reviews

This film is fabulous- and has nothing to do with the solar system (haha!) Cillian Murphy is AMAZING in his complicated role as a trans-sexual man growing up in Ireland in the 1970's and his quest to find what he wants in his life. (Do not judge Mr. Murphy's acting skills from just watching Batman Begins or Red Eye this level of acting falls more in the type of his earlier works such as On the Edge and Disco Pigs) Liam Neeson, Stephen Rea, and Brandon Gleeson are far more than excellent in supporting roles. This film is dependent on its star (Mr. Murphy) and he shines. The themes in this film are universal. Even while the story is sad and the situation the main character- Kitten-finds herself in are very sad, it somehow always becomes funny. The interaction between Kitten and the people around her is fascinating, funny and true-to-life. Mr. Murphy is amazing and deserves and Academy Award for his stunning and flawless portrayal of such a complicated character. It is fabulous!!! Don't want to spoil anything about the plot but if anyone has read the book DO NOT expect the same situations or ending.This film is tender, sweet, funny, has an amazing script and has actors that made this (to some) far-fetched (not to me or anyone I know but one could have that impression) fairy-tale like story excellent. If you strip away the complicated details of this trans-sexual Irish male and his travels during the 70's you can find the root, universal story of a young person looking for love.


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