Slaughterhouse-five

Slaughterhouse-five

DVD - 1972
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Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s classic novel comes to life in this haunting and darkly humorous film from acclaimed director George Roy Hill. Billy Pilgrim (Michael Sacks) is an ordinary World War II soldier with one major exception: he has mysteriously become unstuck in time. Billy goes on an uncontrollable trip back and forth from his birth in New York to life on a distant planet and back again to the horrors of the 1945 fire-bombing of Dresden. This dazzling and thought-provoking drama co-stars Ron Leibman and Valerie Perrine.
Audience: Must be 18 YEARS OR OLDER to borrow this item.
OFRB rating: Restricted.
Publisher: [United States] : Universal Pictures, 1972.
ISBN: 9780783291253
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Slaug
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 104 min.) : sound, colour ; 12 cm

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bdehler
Nov 05, 2020

this movie is a total waste of time---think I saw it 10 yrs ago...

This, and Full Metal Jacket are the best war movies ever made IMHO.

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jgard99
Jun 19, 2019

This does well to exemplify the strength a movie adaptation of classic literature can have. This is a wonderful gem of a film that does not reveal too much too quickly, but rather allows the viewer to engage in the story themselves to understand the outrageous and non-linear progression. There were some understandable departures from the book for the sake of what is practical for a film narrative, but still stayed within the same spirit of the novel. Overall, I would recommend this film to any science fiction fans, students of medicine, or aspiring writers!

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RoyalJellyIII
Dec 03, 2018

An excellent rendition of Kurt Vonnegut's classic novel. Most enjoyable!

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Calvacade
Dec 03, 2018

A man travels thoughout time ( seemingly random )- based on the book by Kurt Vonnegut. This film was directed by George Roy Hill- one of my favorite classic Hollywood directors- though underrated for some reason- although he's made many fine films- including: The World According to Garp, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Slapshot and The Sting.

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Les_J
Aug 29, 2018

Valerie Perrine's naked breasts are perfect. The rest of this nutty movie was good too.

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ms_mustard
Aug 28, 2018

I haven't read this or any other Vonnegut - so this movie is my introduction.
a mythic odyssey, indeed. go through your life in a rather vacant manner, take your dog, live through the Dresden bombing, and make your ultimate escape to another planet.

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casoldier
Sep 22, 2017

this is the worst piece of crap ever put on a DVD. wish I would rate it a minus 44 instead of 1/2 star.

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EvanSchoenfeld
Dec 04, 2016

Agree completely with those who praise this movie: A wonderful adaptation. Glenn Gould's soundtrack contribution deserves special recognition. Since there was some discussion of Vonnegut's intentions such as come through in the movie, may I add my opinion that Billy's time-jumping and Tramfalmadorian experiences seem to be delusional?. . .although MV never explicitly says so. Examine the case of a weak-minded individual who suffers from several traumas and is subsequently kidnapped by aliens to be the consort of sex symbol Montana Wildhack--am I overinterpreting? (I must disagree with those who say that S-5 is necessarily MV's masterpiece, noting that 'Cat's Cradle' is often considered such.)

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SeattleSueLibrary
Dec 03, 2016

I wonder if comments regarding the "jumping around" are from persons who have not read the original book. That's how Vonnegut wrote it. Go read the book. Then rewatch the movie. You might understand this is exactly how Vonnegut meant this amazing piece to be absorbed. The whole premise is that Billy Pilgrim became "unstuck in time." This cannot be stated any more simply than that. The movie does an excellent job of depicting how a man "unstuck in time" lives his life.

In my tightly held personal opinion, Kurt Vonnegut Jr did not care at all if his books were to be translated into movies. He wrote for readers, not watchers.

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