Slaughterhouse Five

Directed By: George Roy Hill Starring: Michael Sacks

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Kurt vonnegut's billy pilgrim time-trips from bombed-out dresden to the planet tralfamador.

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Studio Universal
SKU 40237829
UPC 025192354922
UPC 14 00025192354922
Format DVD
Release Date 6/11/2008
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Based On A Novel
Essential Cinema
Recommended
Satire
Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy
Science Fiction
Science-Fiction
Theatrical Release
Time Travel
War
World War II
Editors Note
Note George Roy Hill's adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's whimsical antiwar black comedy--an immensely popular novel at the time of the film's release because of its implicit condemnation of the war in Vietnam--stars Michael Sacks as the placid Billy Pilgrim. He's become "unstuck in time," as the author describes him, or more prosaically, he's had a nervous breakdown as a result of a recurrence of the trauma of witnessing the horrific Allied firebombing of Dresden in 1945. The desultory narrative has Billy jumping from his war experience to his future on the planet Tralfamadore with the buxom Montana Wildhack (Valerie Perrine), then to an episode of shock therapy, then to an episode in his childhood, and then to his life as a relatively unhappy suburban optometrist. Throughout, the naive Billy remains a curious mixture of kindness and detachment, the best combination of qualities one could have, the author seems to imply, for surviving in a world of meaningless suffering. Vonnegut's novel may be unfilmable, and Hill may have been too cautious a choice as director, but he does a good job of conveying many of the qualities of the author's elusive style. Michael Sacks possesses the requisite air of innocence for his role, and Ron Liebman gives a great performance as a choleric fellow G.I.
Plot Summary
Summary An aimless bumbler is pushed into service during World War II and later winds up in a German prison camp known as Slaughterhouse 5 . But his life takes a strange turn when the ties that bind him to normal time and space loosen. Flipping from the war to an extraterrestrial zoo, the hapless hero sees different phases of his life but never quite understands what is expected from him.
Reviews
Uncut "[I]t's a finely crafted lost treasure from New Hollywood's short-lived heyday." 08/01/2005 p.138
Directors
George Roy Hill
Actors
Michael Sacks
Cast & Crew
Dede Allen - Editor
Eugene Roche - Actor
George Roy Hill - Director
Glenn Gould - Original Music By
Holly Near - Actor
Kevin Conway - Actor
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - Based On Novel By
Michael Sacks - Actor
Miroslav Ondricek - Cinematographer
Paul Monash - Producer
Perry King - Actor
Ron Leibman - Actor
Sharon Gans - Actor
Stephen Geller - Screenplay
Valerie Perrine - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1972
Catalog ID 23549
UPC 00025192354922
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 104 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Sacks,Michael
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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