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Director: George Roy Hill     Starring: Michael Sacks
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40237829
UPC: 025192354922
UPC 14: 00025192354922
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Kurt vonnegut's billy pilgrim time-trips from bombed-out dresden to the planet tralfamador.
Editor's 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.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/25/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 104 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1972
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 23549
Video UPC UPC: 00025192354922
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Eugene Roche
Video Cast Info Holly Near
Video Cast Info Kevin Conway
Video Cast Info Michael Sacks
Video Cast Info Perry King
Video Cast Info Ron Leibman
Video Cast Info Sharon Gans
Video Cast Info Valerie Perrine
Video Cast Info Dede Allen - Editor
Video Cast Info George Roy Hill - Director
Video Cast Info Glenn Gould - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Miroslav Ondricek - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Paul Monash - Producer
Video Cast Info Stephen Geller - Screenplay
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

"[I]t's a finely crafted lost treasure from New Hollywood's short-lived heyday." 08/01/2005 p.138

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Sacks,Michael
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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