Breakfast Of Champions


(out of 5)

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.  is wasted as his TV-addicted wife,  stars as his secretary and  his paranoid cross-dressing colleague at work.   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.

Flying Heart Films, Hollywood Pictures, Rain City, Rational Packaging Company, Sugar Creek Productions, Summit Entertainment

USA, 1999

Directed by

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


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