Slaughterhouse Five

Slaughterhouse Five

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Director: George Roy Hill

Cast: George Roy Hill, Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche

     
 

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George Roy Hill directs Michael Sacks in this filmed adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s acclaimed semiautobiographical novel Slaughterhouse Five. A fantastical retelling of the bombing of Dresden, the film jumps back and forth between several different points in the life of Billy Pilgrim, WWII soldier-turned-optometrist-turned-alien zoo attraction. Released to…  See more details below

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George Roy Hill directs Michael Sacks in this filmed adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s acclaimed semiautobiographical novel Slaughterhouse Five. A fantastical retelling of the bombing of Dresden, the film jumps back and forth between several different points in the life of Billy Pilgrim, WWII soldier-turned-optometrist-turned-alien zoo attraction. Released to DVD for the second time, the film has yet to receive a proper treatment. This time around, the film is presented in widescreen with Dolby Digital Mono sound. Void of any supplemental materials, the disc is rounded out by English, French, and Spanish subtitles.

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In tackling a big-screen adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut's classic novel about a man who becomes temporally unstuck, director George Roy Hill and screenwriter Stephen Geller took on an unenviable task. Chief among their challenges was how to keep the viewer oriented within the story, when the protagonist himself is in a constant state of disorientation. As it turns out, following the scattershot rhythms of the novel works pretty well, provided the various timelines proceed forward more or less chronologically. The film shrewdly accomplishes this by using Billy Pilgrim's POW experience as a narrative through line, only mildly tempering Vonnegut's trademark structural wildness in the process. Michael Sacks gets Billy's essential passivity down perfectly. By lingering only temporarily in the moments of his life, Billy is rarely present enough to be anything more than an observer, a man without the spine to keep from getting cuffed around by life's bullies and hardships. However, Billy isn't tragic either; his gradual understanding of his own state of consciousness, provided by an alien race who keep him caged as a zoo attraction (with a Hollywood starlet as his companion), allows him to harmonize with the perpetual now-ness of the past, present and future. As the discussion thus far indicates, Slaughterhouse-Five is no walk in the part on a Sunday afternoon. Fans attuned to Vonnegut's unique wavelength and black humor are likely to get more out of the film than those coming in cold. However, a second viewing is well worthwhile if it means bringing the uninitiated on board with this original and finely crafted film, from a director in the midst of his creative peak.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
UPC:
0025192354922
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
12,156

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Sacks Billy Pilgrim
Ron Leibman Paul Lazzaro
Eugene Roche Derby
Sharon Gans Valencia
Valerie Perrine Montana Wildhack
Roberts Blossom Wild Bob Cody
Karl Otto Alberty German Guard
Lucille Benson Billy's Mother
Sorrell Booke Lionel Merble
Henry Bumstead Eliot Rosewater
Kevin Conway Weary
John Dehner Rumford
Stanley Gottlieb Hobo
Perry King Robert Pilgrim
Frederick Ledebur German Leader
Gilmer McCormick Lily
Holly Near Barbara
Richard Schaal Campbell
Gary Waynesmith Stanley
Tom Wood Englishman

Technical Credits
George Roy Hill Director
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Dede Allen Editor
Lloyd Anderson Production Manager
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Glenn Cuold Score Composer
Stephen Geller Screenwriter
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Ray Gosnell Asst. Director
John Chambers Makeup Special Effects
Jennings Lang Producer
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Paul Monash Producer
Miroslav Ondrícek Cinematographer
Mark Reedall Makeup
George C. Webb Art Director
Ernest B. Wehmeyer Production Manager
Kurt Vonnegut Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Unstuck in Time (Main Titles) [5:55]
2. Behind Enemy Lines [3:32]
3. Time Tripping [7:48]
4. Shock Therapy [7:54]
5. Sink or Swim [4:11]
6. Out of This World [8:49]
7. Electing a Leader [6:18]
8. A Beautiful City [7:56]
9. Schlachthof 5 [7:04]
10. Emergency Entrance [8:24]
11. Either Us or Them [8:03]
12. The Aftermath [3:52]
13. Alien Abduction [5:16]
14. End of the World [2:26]
15. Time to Mate [5:38]
16. Collection of Moments [4:59]
17. Live Again [4:20]
18. End Titles [:50]

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