MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 46 this week

Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  15 March 1972 (USA)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 8,823 users  
Reviews: 90 user | 32 critic

A man tells his story of how he became unstuck in time and abducted by aliens.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 07 Jul 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 01 Aug 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 04 Feb 2013
 
war
a list of 30 titles
created 05 Oct 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 26 Dec 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

Slaughterhouse-Five (1972) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Slaughterhouse-Five.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mother Night (1996)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An American spy behind the lines during WWII serves as a Nazi propagandist, a role he cannot escape in his future life as he can never reveal his real role in the war.

Director: Keith Gordon
Stars: Nick Nolte, Sheryl Lee, Alan Arkin
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A portrait of a fictional town in the mid west that is home to a group of idiosyncratic and slightly neurotic characters. Dwayne Hoover is a wealthy car dealer-ship owner that's on the ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Rudolph
Stars: Bruce Willis, Nick Nolte, Albert Finney
Spider Forest (2004)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A recently widowed TV producer is drawn to an isolated cabin in a mysterious woods.

Director: Il-gon Song
Stars: Woo-seong Kam, Jung Suh, Kyeong-heon Kang
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: J.J. Harting
Stars: Nanny Vonnegut, Mark Vonnegut, Steve Adams
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The thirty and something years old psychiatrist Dr. Samantha Goodman has an incurable brain tumor that has just started to grow. Felling totally stressed, she decides to spend the weekend ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Fox
Stars: Kate Greenhouse, Bruce McFee, Jeff Seymour
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Sisters Carrie and Anna Berniers have been supporting their ne'er-do-well brother Julian through various failed businesses; now, he returns home with a sudden fortune and his young bride. ... See full summary »

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Dean Martin, Geraldine Page, Yvette Mimieux
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An American Actress with a penchant for lying is forceably recruited by Mosad, the Israeli intelligence agency to trap a Palestinian bomber, by pretending to be the girlfriend of his dead brother.

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Diane Keaton, Yorgo Voyagis, Klaus Kinski
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed, eventually getting a chance to prove himself in a film ... See full summary »

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Robert Redford, Bo Svenson, Bo Brundin
Izo (2004)
Action | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An executed samurai takes an existential journey throughout time, space and eternity in search of bloody vengeance.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Kazuya Nakayama, Kaori Momoi, Ryûhei Matsuda
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

Director: Herk Harvey
Stars: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Based on the John Irving novel, this film chronicles the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer, Jenny writes a feminist manifesto at an ... See full summary »

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close
Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

A soldier fighting in Germany during World War II finds himself living two lives simultaneously.

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Sacks ...
...
...
Edgar Derby
Sharon Gans ...
Valencia Merble Pilgrim
...
Montana Wildhack
Holly Near ...
Barbara Pilgrim
...
Robert Pilgrim
...
Roland Weary
Friedrich von Ledebur ...
German Leader (as Friedrich Ledebur)
Ekkehardt Belle ...
Young German Guard (as Nick Belle)
...
Lionel Merble
...
Wild Bob Cody
...
Prof. Rumfoord
Gary Waynesmith ...
Stanley
Richard Schaal ...
Edit

Storyline

Using his own terminology, Billy Pilgrim is "unstuck in time", which means he is moving between different points in his life uncontrollably, although he is aware of it at certain of those points as witnessed by the letter to the editor he writes to the Ilium Daily News about his situation. Primarily, he is moving between three general time periods and locations. The first is his stint as a GI during WWII, when, as a pacifist, he was acting as assistant chaplain for his squad. This time is largely as a POW, where he was in Dresden the day of the bombing, spending it with among others an older compassionate GI named Edgar Derby, and a brash loudmouth GI named Paul Lazzaro. The second is his life as an optometrist in Ilium in upstate New York, eventually married to the wealthy and overbearing Valencia Merble, and having two offspring, Robert, who would spend his teenaged years as a semi-delinquent, and Barbara, who would end up much like her mother. And the third is as an abductee on the... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Man Becomes Unstuck In Time In The Film That Became A Classic. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

15 March 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Matadero cinco  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario - edited)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)|

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In an early scene when Billy's mother is visiting him in the hospital, she is talking about Billy's Dresden experience to Elliot Rosewater - the title character from Kurt Vonnegut's 1965 novel, "God Bless You Mr. Rosewater", and a character who was later portrayed by Ken Hudson Campbell in 'Breakfast of Champions (1999)'. See more »

Goofs

When Billy Pilgrim is asked by the American soldiers, "Where's your rifle?", he replies that he doesn't have one because he's a chaplain's assistant. However, in the United States Army, the primary duty of the chaplain's assistant, when in a combat zone, is to protect the chaplain, so all chaplain's assistants must carry rifles. See more »

Quotes

Billy Pilgrim: [giving speech] You see in Tralfamador, where I presently dwell, life has no beginning, no middle, and no end. For example, many years ago a certain man promised to have me killed. He's an old man now, living not far from here. He's read all of the publicity associated with my appearance. He's insane. And tonight he'll keep his promise.
[murmurs throughout the crowd]
Billy Pilgrim: If you protest, if you think that death is a terrible thing, then you've not understood what I have said.
[...]
See more »

Connections

Featured in Casting By (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Goldberg variations, BWV 988 - Variation No. 18 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Sesta
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Glenn Gould, Piano
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Pleasantly Surprised
9 July 2004 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

Like most of those who have posted before me, I am an avid Vonnegut fan and went into this movie with a guarded optimism that it would just be decent.

But George Roy Hill did an excellent job conveying the overall feel of the book -- the time jumping was flawless and I didn't find it hard to follow at all. The actor who played Billy Pilgrim captured Billy's passive, calm and vaguely anti-social demeanor. Lazarro, Montana and Billy's wife are also well played.

George Roy Hill had a knack for directing movies made from great books -- e.g., "The World According to Garp" -- and in the end, I was pleasantly surprised how well this movie turned out.

As far as the Vonnegut adaptations go (I know of four -- this one, "Mother Night," "Breakfast of Champions" and the god-awful "Slapstick") this one is the best of the bunch.

I've always wanted to see a movie version of "Sirens of Titan," but it'll probably never happen -- so "Slaughterhouse Five" is my only chance to "see" Trafalmadore.

Recommended to any true Vonnegut fans. Other people probably won't appreciate it.


47 of 57 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The trouble with sequels... claster
Remake clive-ihd
Does it do the book justice? rbarry2
Thought he was Black. FirstoftheFallen
Michael Sacks phildall
What Ever Happened to Mchael Sacks? bradleykent
Discuss Slaughterhouse-Five (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?