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Breakfast on Pluto

Breakfast on Pluto

Neil Jordan (2005)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Writer/director Neil Jordan revisits some of the themes from his earlier career - including transvestism and IRA terrorism - with this surreal rite-of-passage tale. Set in the glam-rock-soaked 1970s, this whimsical movie is based on the imaginative novel by Patrick McCabe, who also collaborated with Jordan on The Butcher Boy . It's the flamboyant yet poignant story of cross-dressing teen Patrick "Kitten" Braden (Cillian Murphy), whose determination to find his real mother leads to an outrageous series of misadventures. While crackling with political tension and sinister unease, events are largely played for laughs - albeit of the darkest variety. Aside from Murphy's delightfully exaggerated performance, there are a host of vibrant characters, including Stephen Rea's sensitive magician and Liam Neeson's emotionally tortured priest. Occasionally the film is too self-consciously left-field, but it's hard not to be won over by the sheer optimism of Jordan's colourful fantasy.


An Irish teenager is forced to leave his foster family when he starts to cross-dress. Setting up home in London, he searches for his estranged mother and finds the approval he craves by pairing up with a nightclub performer and working the drag circuit. Unfortunately, the transvestite also ends up involved in some dangerous escapades with the IRA. Comedy drama set in the 1970s, starring Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson and Ruth Negga.

Cast & Crew

Patrick "Kitten" Braden Cillian Murphy
Bertie Stephen Rea
John Joe Kenny Brendan Gleeson
Father Liam Liam Neeson
Eily Bergin Eva Birthistle
Mosher, 1st biker Liam Cunningham
Mr Silky String Bryan Ferry
Charlie Ruth Negga
Billy Hatchett Gavin Friday
PC Wallis Ian Hart
Irwin Laurence Kinlan
Director Neil Jordan
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Pathé Guidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 13 Jan 2006

Comedy Drama

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