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Dwayne, who is happens to be adopted, blows up at Harry and insults his clothing, which Dwayne thinks is too drab and muted for automotive sales. Thomas Jefferson freed his slaves. I am going to set at liberty all the literary characters who have served me so loyally during my writing career. Which guides should we add?

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Title: Breakfast of Champions An American spy behind the lines during WWII serves as a Nazi propagandist, a role he cannot escape in his future life as he can never reveal his real role in the war. Ben and Katie Jordan are a married couple who go through hard times in fifteen years of marriage. Two detectives interrogate a hairdresser on two homicides she may or may not have been involved in. A man named Billy Pilgrim tells the story of how he became unstuck in time and was abducted by aliens.

A Man Without a Country, based on Kurt Vonnegut's last book, shows his worldview, humor and life story, through his best friends. It is as close as it gets to his very essence. A drifting gunslinger-for-hire finds himself in the middle of an ongoing war between the Irish and Italian mafia in a Prohibition era ghost town. A color-blind psychiatrist Bill Capa is stalked by an unknown killer after taking over his murdered friend's therapy group, all of whom have a connection to a mysterious young woman that Capa begins having intense sexual encounters with. Based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard is the fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, a one-eyed former artist of the Abstract Expressionist era.

Rabo is a self-proclaimed A portrait of a fictional town in the midwest that is home to a group of idiosyncratic and slightly neurotic characters. Dwayne Hoover is a wealthy car dealership owner that's on the brink of suicide, and is losing touch with reality. I can't believe how a perfect adaptation of one of Vonnegut's most personal works could be ignored with such intensity in this country. Four actors from Armageddon, Bruce Willis included of course, have seen their way into the most underrated movie of the year. Do you think that was an accident? Of course not. It is from the success of movie blockbusters like Armageddon that movies like Breakfast of Champions are able to be made.

And that's exactly what the movie is about. Vonnegut's classic is among the few greatest satires of American Life I have ever known. I was a profound fan of the book, so I had high expectations for the film.

Not only did the film match the qualitative relevance of the novel, I felt the movie surpassed its original intentions, fleshing out the characters and rounding out the story with a humanism often missing from Vonnegut's works. What is success? Is it something you feel, or is it something perceived by others? What is a good movie? Can a good movie stand on its own, or does it have to be financially and critically acclaimed in our time?

Like many martyrs in history, the success of Breakfast of Champions is that it was made, and that it reaches the audience it wants to, however small. I watch this film, and know in my heart that there is love behind every scene, and that even though it seems that the work goes on its own artistic tangents, the underlying unity of the film is sound and loyal. Everything in the film is for a reason. Start your free trial.

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Company Credits. Technical Specs. Plot Summary. Plot Keywords. Parents Guide. External Sites. User Reviews. User Ratings. So I waited until the end of the Vonnegut lineup to read Breakfast of Champions , just like Rachel told me. Here is what I think: this is a piece of work. Pieces of work can be a lot more rewarding than just plain old works.

We kind of have three protagonists going here: Dwayne Hoover, a car salesman who is slowly going insane; Kilgore Trout, our favorite oddball sci-fi author; and Kurt Vonnegut, our favorite real-world author. These guys bump into each other and into other people, wondering what on earth has made them all come to this.

But then I consulted a copy of The Vonnegut Encyclopedia , written and compiled by the incomparable Marc Leeds, and realized that there are Vonnegut references galore in this piece of work. There were also references to Breakfast of Champions made in later Vonnegut works.

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Here are all the links I managed to find:. And now I think I do.

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For example, Kurt dedicated this book to someone who was kind to him when he was a child. She hired him to write advertising copy about teenage clothes, which he then had to wear.

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She taught him, as he said, the value of being impolite. However, by the time Breakfast of Champions was finished, Phoebe had passed away. Kurt Vonnegut the character decides to set Kilgore Trout free from the bounds of narrative at the end of this novel, giving him autonomy beyond that of the average fictional character.