Breakfast of Champions

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Breakfast of Champions (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“Breakfast of Champions” is a dark comedy film released in 1999, directed by Alan Rudolph. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., who also wrote the screenplay. It stars Bruce Willis, Albert Finney, and Nick Nolte in the lead roles.

The story centers around Dwayne Hoover (played by Bruce Willis), a successful but mentally unstable car salesman who becomes obsessed with the idea that everyone around him is a robot. As he descends into madness, Dwayne comes across Kilgore Trout (played by Albert Finney), a struggling and reclusive science fiction writer whose work Dwayne interprets as a message about his own reality.

Kilgore Trout is invited to a convention in the fictional Midland City, where he crosses paths with Dwayne. Their lives intertwine in a series of bizarre and surreal events, leading to a fateful meeting between the two men.

Throughout the film, “Breakfast of Champions” explores themes of sanity, identity, and the blurred lines between reality and illusion. The narrative is filled with absurdist humor and dark satire, reflecting the unconventional and thought-provoking style of Kurt Vonnegut’s writing.

The film received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising the performances of Bruce Willis and Albert Finney and the film’s bold and daring approach to storytelling. However, others found the movie to be overly chaotic and disjointed, struggling to capture the complexity and depth of Vonnegut’s novel.

“Breakfast of Champions” is often considered a challenging adaptation of Vonnegut’s work, as the novel’s unconventional narrative and philosophical themes are difficult to translate to the screen. As a result, the film remains polarizing among audiences, with some appreciating its unique and daring approach, while others find it confusing and unfocused.

Despite its mixed reception, “Breakfast of Champions” is an intriguing and ambitious film that offers a surreal and thought-provoking exploration of the human mind and the nature of reality. It serves as a tribute to the distinctive style of Kurt Vonnegut’s writing and his ability to blend humor with profound philosophical insights.

Additional Details


  • Bruce Willis as Dwayne Hoover
  • Albert Finney as Kilgore Trout
  • Nick Nolte as Harry LeSabre
  • Barbara Hershey as Celia Hoover
  • Glenne Headly as Francine Pefko
  • Valerie Perrine as Montana Wildhack
  • Lukas Haas as George “Bunny” Hoover
  • Omar Epps as Wayne Hoobler
  • Vicki Lewis as Grace LeSabre
  • Buck Henry as Fred T. Barry
  • Ken Campbell as Eliot Rosewater / Gilbert
  • Jake Johanssen as Bill Bailey
  • Will Patton as Moe the truck driver
  • Chip Zien as Andy Wojeckowzski
  • Owen Wilson as Monte Rapid
  • Alison Eastwood as Maria Maritimo
  • Shawnee Smith as Bonnie McMahon
  • Michael Jai White as Howell
  • Michael Duncan as Eli
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. as Commercial director


  • Director: Alan Rudolph
  • Producers: David Blocker and David Willis
  • Screenplay: Alan Rudolph

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