Breakfast of Champions

1999

Breakfast of Champions (1999)

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Critic Consensus: The movie is overwhelmed by its chaotic visual effects and disjointed storyline.

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Dwayne Hoover, the most respected businessman in Midland City, is on the verge of a nervous breakdown- yet his identity as the leader of the town's financial empire continues to flourish as he slowly descends from semi-sanity into madness. At the same time, Kilgore Trout, a misunderstood, impoverished writer is making a cross-country odyssey to Midland City to be the guest of honor at the town's first fine arts festival. In search of answers in his crumbling world and in desperation to hear a new voice, Dwayne Hoover attends the festival. When Hoover and Trout finally meet their two worlds collide, setting forth a ripple of events that will alter both men's lives- along with Midland City forever.

Cast

Bruce Willis
as Dwayne Hoover
Albert Finney
as Kilgore Trout
Nick Nolte
as Harry Le Sabre
Barbara Hershey
as Celia Hoover
Omar Epps
as Wayne Hoobler
Glenne Headly
as Francine Pefko
Diane Willson Dick
as Rosemary Garr
Lukas Haas
as Bunny Hoover
Ken Hudson Campbell
as Eliot Rosewater/Gilbert
Kenneth Hudson Campbell
as Eliot Rosewater/Gilbert
Jake Johannsen
as Bill Bailey
Owen Wilson
as Monte Rapid
Alison Eastwood
as Maria Maritimo
Shawnee Smith
as Bonnie MacMahon
Keith Joe Dick
as Vernon Garr
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
as Commercials Director
Alexa Robbins
as Art Hostess Kaye
Debra Dusay
as Art Hostess Faye
Tom Robbins
as Pesky Weber
Buck Henry
as Fred T. Barry
Vicki Lewis
as Grace Le Sabre
Bill Nagel
as EPA Lawyer
Raymond O'Connor
as Rabo Karebekian
Tisha Sterling
as Beatrice Keedsler
Matt Callahan
as Zeke the Gas Station Attendant
Greg Walker
as Highway Patrolman
Greg Moore
as Porn Store Patron
David Blampied
as NY Policeman/Prison Guard
Thomas Patrice
as NY Policewoman
Danielle Kennedy
as Motel Clerk
Nicolas Small
as Young Boy
Denise Simone
as `Blue Monday' Housewife
Russell Wilson
as `Blue Monday' Doctor
Scott Beauchemin
as `Trypepton' Husband
Kassandra Kay
as `Trypepton' Wife
Ken Odom
as `Prodigal Life' Husband
Erica Evans
as `Prodigal Life' Wife
David Kyle
as `Prodigal Life' Child
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Critic Reviews for Breakfast of Champions

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (13)

A misfire.

Jan 1, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Breakfast of Champions is a spectacular failure.

Jan 1, 2000

A long series of misfires in writing and acting.

Jan 1, 2000

Tasteless adaptation makes for flaky Breakfast.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4

If you can stand the tumult, you may find yourself feeling giddy as you watch old pros like Nolte, Willis, Hershey and, especially, Finney play at such a high pitch.

Jan 1, 2000
Newsday
Top Critic

The movie looks and feels like a frantic, live-action psychedelic cartoon.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Breakfast of Champions

Want to watch a movie with no point, this is it. Can't believe Bruce Willis would stoop so low as to do this film, did he really think this was going to be a hit. 0 stars It Sucked/ 9-15-12

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

WARNING: Any attempts at adapting the contents of this novel to the silver screen may be hazardous to your career. I move for a vote of No Confidence

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

½

Bruce Willis was fun in the movie, but I think his likability rapidly decreases when he thinks nothing matters anymore. Nick Nolte's cross dressing is annoying. Still, the film was entertaining.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic][color=darkgreen]"In Good Company" is a movie about a 51 year old sales executive named Dan Foreman(played by Dennis Quaid who is very good) who finds out almost simultaneously that his company has been swallowed up by a huge corporate conglomerate and that his wife is expecting a baby. Adding to that, is his new boss, Carter Duryea(played by Topher Grace) who is young enough to be his son. The first time we see Duryea is when he is proposing a way of selling cell phones to five-year olds which cannot be a good thing. (We learn that Duryea never knew his father and is perhaps in desperate need of a father figure who could show him the ropes, like teaching him how to drive.) "In Good Company" has some funny moments and a good criticism of corporate culture even if it is not entirely successful. It also seems to say that it is alright for young adults to be given the freedom to spend some time to find their calling.[/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#006400][/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=navy]Since last week's episode of Alias got me thinking of Kurt Vonnegut, I decided it was finally time to check out the movie version of one his novels - "Breakfast of Champions" which is a rather odd movie. It's about a suicidal car salesman played by Bruce Willis and a reclusive novelist played by Albert Finney. There's not a lot of plot to speak of, just people acting very, very strangely. And I was surprised to find that Nick Nolte has the legs to wear women's lingerie. [/color][/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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