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Breakfast on Pluto
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
Front Cover Actor
Cillian Murphy Patrick 'Kitten' Braden
Morgan Jones (III)
Eva Birthistle Eily Bergin
Liam Neeson Father Liam
Mary Coughlan Housekeeper
Morgan Jones Bulding Site Worker
Conor McEvoy Young Patrick Braden
Ruth McCabe Ma Braden
Charlene McKenna Caroline Braden
Seamus Reilly Lawrence
Peter Owens Butcher
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama
Director Neil Jordan
Producer Neil Jordan; Alan Moloney
Writer Neil Jordan; Pat McCabe
Photography Declan Quinn
Musician Anna Jordan
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 129 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 7.3 (6,537 votes)
Both epic and intimate, Breakfast on Pluto uses the life of Patrick "Kitten" Braden (Cillian Murphy, Batman Begins), a queer orphan boy, to explore the hidden worlds that lie beneath so-called "normal" society--the subcultures of homosexuals, the Irish Republican Army, and prostitutes. At odds with his conservative Irish town, Patrick rebels with the fearlessness of someone whose life feels worthless. When he leaves for London, where he hopes to find his mother, he joins a touring rock band, is almost murdered, becomes assistant to a magician (Stephen Rea, The Crying Game), is arrested as an IRA terrorist, and joins a peep show--and those are only half of the markers on his odyssey (the movie struggles to encompass the novel by Patrick McCabe). Though the first half of the movie feel almost weightless in the headlong rush of events, a rich emotional heft sneaks up on you; by the end, Breakfast on Pluto has become almost unbearably sad and wonderfully buoyant. Murphy's superb performance is both delicate and willful, ably supported by an excellent cast, including Liam Neeson (Kinsey), Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), and Ian Hart (Backbeat), as well as rock stars Gavin Friday and Bryan Ferry (who has a particularly creepy cameo as a serial killer). --Bret Fetzer
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 1059
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 8/10/2008
Links Amazon US
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
UPC (Barcode) 043396117143
Release Date 4/18/2006
Subtitles English; French; Portuguese; Spanish
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Filming Locations:
Ardmore Studios - Herbert Road, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland (more)

Although she plays his mother in the film, Eva Birthistle is only two years older than Cillian Murphy (more)

Anachronisms: Whilst the film is set in the late 1960s, early 1970s, the London underground train the Phantomlady disappears into, after Kitten ran down the escalator after her, is of the 1990s. (more)

Patrick "Kitten" Braden: Dear Sir Unseen, I know my music and I am willing to bet you ten times whatever pathetic price you paid to get in this place that the dog's tail is 'waggely.' Now I want to hear you bark. (more)

Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 12 nominations (more)

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