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Billy Pilgrim has mysteriously become unstuck in time. He 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.

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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 ...
Howard W. Campbell Jr.
Gilmer McCormick ...
Lily Rumfoord
Stan Gottlieb ...
German Guard - Group Two
Eliot Rosewater
Billy's Mother
English Officer (as Tom Wood)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Otto Sevcík ...
(as Sevcík Otto)
German Propaganda Man (uncredited)
Robert Anthony ...
American Corporal (uncredited)
David Carlile ...
Billy's Father (uncredited)
Bill Cole ...
Singer (uncredited)
Harald Dietl ...
German Guard - Group Two (uncredited)
Ronnie Elliott ...
Machine Operator (uncredited)
Walter Feuchtenberg ...
German Guard - Group Two (uncredited)
Nurse (uncredited)
Driver (uncredited)
Anesthesiologist (uncredited)
Paul Hansard ...
German Photographer (uncredited)
Father at Swimming Pool (uncredited)
Bob 'Tiger' Hemond ...
Billy Pilgrim - Age 8 (uncredited)
Emil Iserle ...
Old Man in Street (uncredited)
Frank Jamus ...
Assistant Doctor (uncredited)
William Kanady ...
Singer (uncredited)
Otto Konrad ...
German Guard - Group Two (uncredited)
Bill Lee ...
Singer (uncredited)
Joshua Hill Lewis ...
Billy Pilgrim - Age 8 Underwater (uncredited)
Bryan Montgomery ...
Slave Boy (uncredited)
Kent O'Dell ...
Father at Swimming Pool (uncredited)
Father at Swimming Pool (uncredited)
George Skaff ...
Emergency Doctor (uncredited)
Army Doctor (uncredited)
Charles Stapley ...
English Officer (uncredited)
O.R. Nurse (uncredited)
Werner Umberg ...
SS Officer (uncredited)
James Wheeler ...
Singer (uncredited)

Directed by

George Roy Hill

Written by

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ... (novel "Slaughterhouse-Five Or The Children's Crusade")
Stephen Geller ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Jennings Lang ... executive producer
Paul Monash ... producer

Music by

Glenn Gould

Cinematography by

Miroslav Ondrícek

Film Editing by

Dede Allen

Editorial Department

Stephen A. Rotter ... assistant film editor (as Stephen Rotter)

Casting By

Marion Dougherty

Production Design by

Henry Bumstead

Art Direction by

Alexander Golitzen
George C. Webb ... (as George Webb)

Set Decoration by

John McCarthy Jr.

Makeup Department

John Chambers ... makeup artist
Mark Reedall ... makeup artist

Production Management

Lloyd Anderson ... unit production manager
Ernest B. Wehmeyer ... unit production manager (as Ernest Wehmeyer)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Ray Gosnell Jr. ... assistant director (as Ray Gosnell)
Tony Cech ... assistant director (uncredited)
Harvey S. Laidman ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

James R. Alexander ... sound (as James Alexander)
Vincent Connelly ... sound effects editor
Andrew Kazdin ... sound consultant: Glenn Gould
Milan R. Novotný ... sound (as Milan Novotny)
Dick Vorisek ... sound re-recordist (as Richard Vorisek)
Richard P. Cirincione ... sound editor (uncredited)
Craig McKay ... sound (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Albert Whitlock ... matte supervisor


Max Balchowsky ... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Andy Arnautov ... electrician (uncredited)
Steve Rez ... key grip (uncredited)
Johnny Walker ... camera mechanic (uncredited)
Jack Whitman ... camera operator (uncredited)

Music Department

Glenn Gould ... musician: piano
John Strauss ... music editor

Script and Continuity Department

Charlsie Bryant ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

Robert Crawford Jr. ... production assistant (as Robert L. Crawford Jr.)
Nick Doob ... production assistant
Enzo A. Martinelli ... special photographic consultant (as Enzo Martinelli)
Mirek Lux ... director's interpreter (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone ... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone ... caterer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 the planet Tralfamadore, along with his devoted dog Spot, and Hollywood starlet Montana Wildhack - who was not averse to taking off her clothes to further her career - the Tralfamadorians who have put them on display. The more time he spends on Tralfamadore, the more he understands the meaning of what is happening to him. Written by Huggo

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Taglines He survived the deadliest day on Earth! To enjoy the sexiest night in outer space! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Abattoir 5 (France)
  • Schlachthof 5 (Germany)
  • Matadero cinco (Spain)
  • Mattatoio 5 (Italy)
  • Skerdykla Nr. 5 (Lithuania)
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  • 104 min
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Budget $3,200,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Although Vonnegut's renowned refrain, "And so it goes", appears over 100 times in the novel, it it is not uttered even once in the movie version. 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 in a combat zone is to protect the chaplain, so all chaplain's assistants must carry rifles. Because Chaplains are considered ministers in uniform they are forbidden from carrying weapons even when in combat zone. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Clock (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Concerto No. 5 for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056 - 2nd movement 'Largo' See more »
Quotes Billy Pilgrim: [in his sleep] You guys go on without me. I'll be alright.
Prof. Rumfoord: All he does in his sleep is quit, surrender, and apologize. I could carve a better man out of a banana.
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