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Slaughterhouse-Five

  R HD Closed Captioning

George Roy Hill

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Plot Summary

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.

Customer Reviews

Read the Book!

I love George Roy Hill. He's directed some of my favorite films: The Sting, Slap Shot, A Little Romance, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The World According to Garp... Give it a chance. RIP GRH.

Great Film Great Book

The film adaptation of the book, does a wonderful job of framing the feeling and emotions of the book. Yes it is not the book, but for the time to see this movie you are set in the mood that is necessary to enjoy the purpose of Slaugherhouse Five. I was in college when this film first came out and it captured the mood at the time. It captured the audience and was talked about by the college crowd as the classic it is. If you enjoy the art of movie making and the significance of historic events and meaning, see this movie. This movie may not be for everyone, but for those that enjoy the fragrance of a good film, this is for you. Relax, Enjoy and look forward to the ride you are about to take.

Doesn’t hold up very well on its own in 2014

I had not read the book (I am a lousy reader, not for lack of will), but really wanted to see this film. I was disappointed the only way I could watch it was to buy it, not rent it on any service I could find - and the price was as high as a new release.

While undoubtably an intriguing movie in 1972, its probably triggered enough derivative storytelling in the last 40 years that whatever made it great has been far too diluted by popular culture since.

Slaughterhouse-Five
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1972

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