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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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Release Date:

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 character of Howard Campbell Jr. appears in the film and speaks to the American P.O.W.s before the bombing of Dresden. Vonnegut wrote an entire novel about this character called "Mother Night", later made into a film by Keith Gordon starring Nick Nolte as this same character. See more »

Goofs

In the movie clip of Montana Wildhack playing an ancient Greek, she opens her mouth wide revealing metal tooth fillings. 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.
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Connections

Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto No. 5 for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056 - 2nd movement 'Largo'
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Glenn Gould, Piano
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Goldschmann, Conductor
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My favorite movie ever.
6 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Slaughterhouse-Five is my all-time favorite movie. If you haven't seen it, don't be fooled by the title (it's not the fourth sequel to a horror movie) or the fact that video stores, if they carry it, typically file it under "Sci-Fi" (it's not a space movie, well, not primarily). Slaughterhouse Five is a movie about war, family, business, pets, space, time, aliens, friends, bitter enemies, revenge, overeating, fascism, communism, and mostly about just wanting to be left alone. It is the funniest and saddest movie you're likely to see, and it encompasses more aspects of life than you could imagine. Worth repeated viewings.


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