Billy Pilgrim lives - from time to time.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 3, 2019
- Originally Released: 1972
- Label: Arrow Video
- Encoding: Region A
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Michael Sacks, Valerie Perrine & Ron Leibman|
|Performer:||Kevin Conway, Holly Near, Roberts Blossom, Stan Gottlieb, Frederick Ledebur, Lucille Benson, John Dehner, Perry King, Henry Bumstead, Sorrell Booke, Eugene Roche, Tom Wood, Richard Schaal, Karl Otto Alberty & Gilmer McCormick|
|Directed by||George Roy Hill|
|Edited by||Dede Allen|
|Screenplay by||Stephen Geller|
|Original story by||Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.|
|Composition by||Glenn Gould|
|Produced by||Paul Monash|
|Director of Photography:||Miroslav Ondricek|
Rating: 4/5 -- Interesting, if not fully realized, version of the Vonnegut novel.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
[I]t's a finely crafted lost treasure from New Hollywood's short-lived heyday.
Rating: 5/5 -- The best of the Vonnegut adaptations
Rating: 3.5/4 -- It's a helluva lot easier to adapt, say, Stephen King than Kurt Vonnegut, yet director George Roy Hill and scripter Stephen Geller do such an exquisite job with Slaughterhouse-Five that even Vonnegut himself raved about this celluloid interpretation. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- Embora consiga se manter fiel à trama e à estrutura narrativa do fabuloso livro de Vonnegut, falha por não ter força dramática e por captar apenas parcialmente a intensa mensagem anti-belicista da obra original.
Cinema em Cena
About as close an adaptation to Vonnegut's humanist triumph as possible. A moving work despite its flaws. Full Review
Midwest Film Journal
Rating: 4.5/5 -- The film captures the essence of the book even while diverging from it. Vonnegut himself always claimed to be extremely pleased with it. Full Review
George Roy Hill's adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's whimsical antiwar black comedy--an immensely popular novel at the time of the film's release because of its implicit condemnation of the war in Vietnam--stars Michael Sacks as the placid Billy Pilgrim. He's become "unstuck in time," as the author describes him, or more prosaically, he's had a nervous breakdown as a result of a recurrence of the trauma of witnessing the horrific Allied firebombing of Dresden in 1945. The desultory narrative has Billy jumping from his war experience to his future on the planet Tralfamadore with the buxom Montana Wildhack (Valerie Perrine), then to an episode of shock therapy, then to an episode in his childhood, and then to his life as a relatively unhappy suburban optometrist. Throughout, the naive Billy remains a curious mixture of kindness and detachment, the best combination of qualities one could have, the author seems to imply, for surviving in a world of meaningless suffering. Vonnegut's novel may be unfilmable, and Hill may have been too cautious a choice as director, but he does a good job of conveying many of the qualities of the author's elusive style. Michael Sacks possesses the requisite air of innocence for his role, and Ron Liebman gives a great performance as a choleric fellow G.I.
An aimless bumbler is pushed into service during World War II and later winds up in a German prison camp known as Slaughterhouse 5 . But his life takes a strange turn when the ties that bind him to normal time and space loosen. Flipping from the war to an extraterrestrial zoo, the hapless hero sees different phases of his life but never quite understands what is expected from him.
Action | Science-Fiction | Time Travel | War | World War II | Recommended | Satire | Theatrical Release | Sci-Fi / Horror / Fantasy | Essential Cinema | Based On A Novel
- Shooting locations: Minnesota and the Czech Republic.
- George Roy Hill chose to shoot in the city of Most outside of Prague because its architecture most closely resembled that of Dresden and because the city itself was unavailable, since it was still part of East Germany at the time.
- In the mid-1990s a group named Billy Pilgrim, named after the main character of Vonnegut's novel, released a few CDs.
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