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In a small American town called Midland City, Dwayne Hoover (Bruce Willis) -- a loyal father, a successful car dealer, and a respected member of the community --lives with his wife Celia (Barbara Hershey), who's addicted to pills and TV shows, and his son Bunny (Lukas Haas), who is a weakling. What's more, his best friend and employee Harry Le Sabre (Nick Nolte) is a paranoid red-lace-lingerie fetishist. Dwayne finds short-term consolation in the arms of his secretary and mistress, Francine (Glenne Headley). As the American Dream slowly becomes his nightmare, Hoover begins to retreat into a fantasy world, filled with strange voices and fearful visions. It takes only the arrival of third-rate science-fiction writer Kilgore Trout (Albert Finney) -- whose novels are turned into fourth-rate porno comics -- at the Midland City Art Festival for things to explode. Hoover's only hope is Kilgore, whom he has raised to the status of a guru in his fantasies. However, the two men meet when time, space, and reality have already lost their meaning. Now it is only nonsense that makes sense and madness that reigns; the American dream has turned into lunacy. Breakfast of Champions, which had its world premiere during the 49th International Berlin Film Festival in 1999, is the outcome of a project in the making for over twenty years. Director Alan Rudolph wrote the script when the novel by Kurt Vonnegut was first published. However, it took all this time (and perhaps the casting of someone like Bruce Willis in order to get it financed) for the project to be realized. ~ Gönül Dönmez-Colin, Rovi

  • Release date:September 17, 1999


Bruce Willis
as Dwayne Hoover
Albert Finney
as Kilgore Trout
Nick Nolte
as Harry Le Sabre
Barbara Hershey
as Celia Hoover
Glenne Headly
as Francine Pefko
Lukas Haas
as Bunny Hoover
Omar Epps
as Wayne Hoobler
Buck Henry
as Fred T. Barry
Vicki Lewis
as Grace Le Sabre
Ken Campbell
as Eliot Rosewater/Gilbert
Kenneth Hudson Campbell
as Eliot Rosewater/Gilbert
Jake Johannsen
as Bill Bailey
Will Patton
as Moe
Chip Zien
as Andy Wojeckowzski
Owen Wilson
as Monte Rapid
Alison Eastwood
as Maria Maritmo
Shawnee Smith
as Bonnie MacMahon
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
as Commercials Director


Alan Rudolph
David Willis
David Blocker
Alan Rudolph
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Book Author
Elliot Davis
Mark Isham
Composer (Music Score)
Suzy Elmiger
Nina Ruscio
Production Designer
Randy Eriksen
Art Director
Sandra Tomita
Associate Producer
Rudy Dillon
Costume Designer
K.C. Fox
Set Decorator
Paul Soucek
Sound/Sound Designer
Eliza Paley
Sound/Sound Designer
Cara Giallanza
First Assistant Director
Pam Dixon
Janet Muswell
Visual Effects Supervisor