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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.

Director:

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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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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Trivia

The scenes where Patrick "Kitten" Braden goes to see his mother were filmed in Northern Ireland. While they were shooting, a RUC helicopter was persistently staying in the air above them. Neil Jordan joked they were keeping a close eye on him, because this was the the guy who made Michael Collins (1996) shooting a film in Northern Ireland. See more »

Goofs

Whilst the film is set in the late 1960s, early 1970s, the scene at the train station shows trains of the 21st century. See more »

Quotes

Hooker (Janet Moran): Oi. You doing business, do it somewhere else, love. This pavement's got my name on it.
Patrick "Kitten" Braden: And what, pray, is your name? Concrete?
Hooker (Janet Moran): My name is scratch your eyes out, and bite your bleed'n nose off. Which is what I'll do if you don't get off my patch.
Mr. Silky String: She giving you trouble, sir?
Patrick "Kitten" Braden: Oh, no trouble at all. We were just exchanging names.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Last Tango in Paris (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Makes You Blind
(1976)
Written by Gerry Shephard, Pete Phipps (as Peter Phipps) and Mike Leander
Performed by Glitter Band
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
(p) 1976 Issued under license from Demon Music Group Ltd.
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The First Truly Great Film I Have Seen In ages....
1 January 2006 | by omegaknight_dSee all my reviews

A masterpiece. I have not seen many of Jordan's other works, but I intend to give his career a thorough examining after seeing Breakfast on Pluto. I also now have an immense respect for Cillian Murphy. To go from 28 Days Later and Red Eye to the layered, mesmerizing performance of Pluto is astounding. The story of using fantasy to escape the harshness of reality is so appealing, one would think this movie could be accepted by the masses. Dreamy visuals, multi layered and realistic characters mixed with stark visceral violence and political mechanisms create an emotionally jarring experience unlike anything I have ever experienced before. I intend to go to the film again and perhaps again. And I urge everyone to go and see this film and support it. Instantly in my top ten all time favorite movies. Bravo Mr. Jordan and Bravo Mr. Murphy.


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