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Slaughter House Five (1972)

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Directed by Oscar-winner George Roy Hill (The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), and winner of the Jury Prize in Cannes in 1972, Vendetta Films is proud to present the definitive film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.s classic novel.

Billy Pilgrim (Michael Sacks) has a problem with time and keeps jumping between three key scenes in his life. The present is a sedate suburban bliss involving a dutiful wife, large house, and presidency of the local Lions club; the past is being a prisoner of World War II and experiencing the shocking firebombing of Dresden from the wrong side; the "future" takes place in a glass dome on the planet Tralfamadore, to which Billy has been mysteriously spirited along with the woman of his fantasies (porn-star Montana Wildhack, played by the gorgeous Valerie Perrine).

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.s anguished yet humorous cry on the insanity of war is masterfully adapted to the screen in this American film classic.

Review


Billy Pilgrim (Michael Sacks) has a problem with time: he keeps jumping about in his own life, principally between three key scenes. The "present" is a kind of glowing suburban bliss involving a dutiful wife, large house, and presidency of the local Lions; the "past" is being a prisoner of World War II and experiencing the firebombing of Dresden from the wrong side; the "future" takes place in a glass dome on the planet Tralfamadore, to which Billy has been mysteriously spirited along with the woman of his fantasies (Montana Wildhack, played by Valerie Perrine). It isn't meant to make too much sense, since the point is to represent a man (and a century) that has witnessed things too unbearable for a wholly sane person to make sense of. In fact author Kurt Vonnegut's anguished cry on the insanity of war is one of those completely unfilmable books, so director George Roy Hill gets points even for trying. The whole package is thought provoking in a wholly Vonnegutian way. All this, and Glenn Gould playing Bach as well. --Richard Farr
Re-released on
July 1st, 2008
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Director
Language
English
Length (Minutes)
99
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
Genre
  • Drama
UPC
3000000063200
Product ID
1546875

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