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Breakfast on Pluto (2005)



Critic Consensus: Well-acted if monotonous drama about a transvestite prostitute in London during the 1970s.

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An Irish boy becomes an emotional and sexual outcast as the 1960s fade into the 1970s in this period drama from director Neil Jordan. When he was just a baby in the early '60s, Patrick Braden (Conor McEvoy) was abandoned by his mother and left on the doorstep of a church overseen by Father Bernard (Liam Neeson). Placed in a foster home, sensitive Patrick doesn't much care for the emotionally chilly attitude of his new "family," and psychologically buffers himself against the world by writing stories that make fun of Father Bernard and the other authority figures in his life. As he grows into adulthood, Patrick (played as an adult by Cillian Murphy) also discovers that he enjoys dressing in women's clothes and prefers the company of men, and as a teenager he falls into an affair with Billy Hatchet (Gavin Friday), a nightclub performer who also runs guns for the Irish Republican Army. In the early '70s, Patrick -- who has since taken on the drag name "Kitten" -- makes his way to London, where he becomes involved with Bertie (Stephen Rea), a small-time nightclub magician who gives the young man a place to say, a sense of security, and a job as his on-stage assistant. However, Patrick's idyllic life with Bertie proves short-lived when his old friends come to town on IRA "business." Breakfast on Pluto also features a supporting performance from former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry.

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Cillian Murphy
as Patrick `Kitten' Braden
Liam Neeson
as Father Bernard
Eva Birthistle
as Eily Bergin
Bryan Ferry
as Mr. Silky String
Ian Hart
as PC Wallis
Ruth McCabe
as Ma Braden
Conor McEvoy
as Young Patrick
Bianca O'Connor
as Young Charlie
Seamus Reilly
as Laurence
Morgan Jones
as Building Site Worker
Ruth Negga
as Charlie
Mary Coughlan
as Housekeeper
Gavin Friday
as Billy Hatchet
Charlene McKenna
as Caroline Braden
Peter Owens
as Butcher
Paraic Breathnach
as Benny Feely
Pat McCabe
as Schoomaster
Rynagh O'Grady
as Mrs. Coyle
Steve Blount
as 1st Bouncer
Keith McCoy
as 2nd Bouncer
Liam O'Toole
as 2nd Biker
Peter Halpin
as Joseph Hanratty
Peter Gowan
as Brother Barnabas
Mark Doherty
as Running Bear
Tony Devlin
as White Dove
Kieran Lally
as The Mohawks
Stephen McDaid
as The Mohawks
Pete Reddy
as The Mohawks
Maurice Seezer
as The Mohawks
Lex Shrapnel
as Soldier at Roadblock
Eamonn Owens
as Jack Timlin
Ciaran Nolan
as Horse Killane
Mary Ryan
as Mrs. Feely
Kathryn Pogson
as Mrs. Henderson
Alan Moloney
as Talking Navvie
Derek Elroy
as Rasta Son
Mal White
as Stephenson
Paul O'Toole
as Barman in Wards
Andy Moore
as 1st Republican
Marc O'Shea
as 2nd Republican
Neil Jackson
as Man at Disco
Dominic Cooper
as Squaddie at Disco
Alan Heyburn
as Paramedic
James Greene
as Gentleman
Fiona Clarke
as 1st Peep Show Girl
Gillian Johnson
as 2nd Peep Show Girl
Sid Young
as English Patrick
Britta Smith
as Mrs. Clarke
Doreen Keogh
as Shopkeeper
Catherine Dunne
as Solidarity Lady
Tom Hickey
as Bishop
Mark Lambert
as Bishop's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Breakfast on Pluto

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (40)

Sadly, Kitten himself is the sort you'd be happy to string across a tennis racket, and the film never quite copes with his lethal insufferability.

January 16, 2018 | Full Review…

One scene bleeds into the other and the whole enterprise slowly starts to resemble a fragmented comic book more than a high-quality auteur-driven motion picture.

February 3, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A charming, winsome slice of Seventies pop kitsch.

January 8, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film is downright aggravating.

January 6, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

Breakfast on Pluto may seem a fairy tale at times (no pun intended), but this Kitten has claws.

January 6, 2006 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Like Kitten and everything else about Breakfast on Pluto, it's altogether too overstated and obvious, but at least it doesn't pretend to have any significance whatsoever.

January 6, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for Breakfast on Pluto

An orphaned transvestite navigates associations with the IRA and the search for his birth mother. Aside from the chameleon performance by Cillian Murphy as Kitten, there is very little to like about this film. The story is a very basic tale about separation and coming of age that, when it doesn't wreak of cliche, lingers on banalities. Overall, Murphy is the only reason to see the film, but even then, the rest of the film is bound to disappoint.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Like Patrick McCabe's novel, Neil Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto" is episodic and fragmented. I did enjoy the way Jordan moves his camera and Cillian Murphy is committed to bringing Patrick Braden to life, but it's far too little to save the film. I found this unengaging and emotionally schizophrenic, a combination that left me feeling alienated. Plus, the chapter dividers are totally unneeded in the film, it didn't work that great in the book and on film it's totally superfluous.

Steven Carrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer


it's a sweet and hopeful tale about a foundling named kitten, growing up strange in an irish town that never understood him, moving to swinging london in search of his long lost mother, and having many adventures along the way. cillian murphy is wonderful as kitten, a somewhat naive character who never gives up on love. takes awhile to get going and it's a bit uneven. i can't say i don't miss the dark days of mona lisa and the crying game but it's a fun film with enjoyable pop soundtrack

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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