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Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

A man named Billy Pilgrim tells the story of how he became unstuck in time and was abducted by aliens.

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Billy Pilgrim
... Paul Lazzaro
... Edgar Derby
Sharon Gans ... Valencia Merble Pilgrim
... Montana Wildhack
... Barbara Pilgrim
... Robert Pilgrim
... Roland Weary
... German Leader (as Friedrich Ledebur)
... Young German Guard (as Nick Belle)
... Lionel Merble
... Wild Bob Cody
... Prof. Rumfoord
Gary Waynesmith ... Stanley
... Howard W. Campbell Jr.
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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 a Chaplain's assistant for his unit. 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 teen-aged years as a semi-delinquent, and Barbara, who would end up much like her mother. And the third is as an abductee on... Written by Huggo

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

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi | War

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R | See all certifications »

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15 March 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Matadero cinco  »

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Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)|

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The music of the movie that the Pilgrim family watches in the drive-in is Rimksy-Korsakov's Sheherazade. See more »

Goofs

At 26 minutes, when the British POWs come out of the hut singing, the man on the far left is wearing a peaked cap but in subsequent clips he is wearing a forage cap. See more »

Quotes

Tralfamadorian speaker: We know how the world ends and it has nothing to do with Earth, except that it gets wiped out too.
Billy Pilgrim: Really? How does it end?
Tralfamadorian speaker: While we're experimenting with new fuels, a Tralfamadorian test pilot panics, presses the wrong button, and the whole universe disappears.
Billy Pilgrim: But you have to stop him. If you know this, can't you keep the pilot from pressing ...
Tralfamadorian speaker: He has always pressed it, and he always will. We have always let him, and we always will let him. The moment is structured that way.
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Connections

Referenced in Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda: Slaughterhouse Six (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Goldberg variations, BWV 988 - Variation No. 25 a 2 clav. Adagio
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Glenn Gould, Piano
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Nearly as good as the book!
29 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a very clever, thoughtful, well made movie. It succeeded in doing what I thought was nearly impossible, i.e. to put this amazing book on film. There are one or two small points that keep me from giving this picture anything higher than a 7, the main one being Ron Liebman playing the Paul Lazzaro role - highly irritating. Other than that, a brave and imaginative, clever, witty film that I would heartily recommend to anyone.


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