Slaughterhouse Five

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Released 1972

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Director:
George Roy Hill
Released:
1972
Rating:
R
Slaughterhouse Five is a 1972 feature film adaptation from Universal Studios of the classic novel by Kurt Vonnegut of the same name. Starring Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Valerie Perrine, Eugene Roche, and Sharon Gans, the haunting and hilarious film tells the story of World War II veteran Billy Pilgrim (Sacks), who becomes "unstuck in time" and experiences the events of his life in a seemingly random order, including: as a human captive of a zoo on the alien planet of Tralfamadore, at the firebombing of Dresden during World War II, and even as a middle-aged optometrist from New York. Along the way, he encounters characters such as fellow P.O.W. Edgar Derby (Roche), psychopath Paul Lazzaro (Leibman), wife Valencia (Gans), and Hollywood siren Montana Wildhack (Perrine). Though there are some inconsistencies between the text and the film (for which the screenplay was written by Stephen Geller), Vonnegut warmly praised the film for its faithfulness. Nonetheless, despite his making the catchphrase "so it goes" famous by using it no less than 116 times in the novel, it is never spoken once in the film. In 1972's Slaughterhouse Five, Director George Roy Hill (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting) succeeds at adapting the classic Kurt Vonnegut work on the absurdities of warfare and the fragility of human life that many deemed impossible to film. So it goes.moreless
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