Breakfast Of Champions (1999)

ALAN RUDOLPH

Bil’s rating (out of 5):    B.5

USA, 1999.  Flying Heart Films, Hollywood Pictures, Rain City, Rational Packaging Company, Sugar Creek Productions, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by Alan Rudolph, based on the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.  

Raucously noisy adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s popular novel that has  giving an excellent performance in what is otherwise a really brutal mess. He plays a car salesman whose world starts coming apart when he finds the pressures of his life are just getting to be too much. Barbara Hershey is wasted as his TV-addicted wife,  stars as his secretary and Nick Nolte his paranoid cross-dressing colleague at work.  Albert Finney also appears as a Vonnagut-esque writer whose pornographic work is being celebrated at a conference that Willis has invited him to. The chaos of Willis’ mad world that Rudolph tries to describe is never effective, and the film is about as meaningful as a travel brochure. Nothing really to recommend it, since every actor in the film has given a better performance elsewhere, but if you are really attracted by the ensemble you could give it a chance. Fans of the novel are advised to steer clear.

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