Slaughterhouse-five

Slaughterhouse-five

DVD - 2004
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Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time. An otherwise typical soldier in WWII, without warning, he jumps back and forth in his life with no control over where he is going next. Sometimes he is an ophthalmologist at home in suburbia; deep in World War II Europe, surviving the Allied bombing of Dresden; on the planet Tralfamadore, being held captive by aliens in an intergalactic zoo--accompanied by a porn star. In the end, he learns that the many tragic and sometimes funny ironies of life--the randomness of tragedy, the cruelty and senselessness of war, and man's complete lack of control over his fate--remain constant

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TheSandoz
Oct 16, 2017

An excellent rendition of Kurt Vonnegut's classic novel. Most enjoyable!

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casoldier
Sep 22, 2017

this is the worst piece of crap ever put on a DVD. wish I would rate it a minus 44 instead of 1/2 star.

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PHAERTE1
Sep 12, 2017

This was a difficult movie to make and I really don't see how they did it. It is nothing less than stunning. It is timeless. In another review, I have stated that this film, along with Full Metal Jacket, are the best war movies ever made.

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EvanSchoenfeld
Dec 04, 2016

Agree completely with those who praise this movie: A wonderful adaptation. Glenn Gould's soundtrack contribution deserves special recognition. Since there was some discussion of Vonnegut's intentions such as come through in the movie, may I add my opinion that Billy's time-jumping and Tramfalmadorian experiences seem to be delusional?. . .although MV never explicitly says so. Examine the case of a weak-minded individual who suffers from several traumas and is subsequently kidnapped by aliens to be the consort of sex symbol Montana Wildhack--am I overinterpreting? (I must disagree with those who say that S-5 is necessarily MV's masterpiece, noting that 'Cat's Cradle' is often considered such.)

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SeattleSueLibrary
Dec 03, 2016

I wonder if comments regarding the "jumping around" are from persons who have not read the original book. That's how Vonnegut wrote it. Go read the book. Then rewatch the movie. You might understand this is exactly how Vonnegut meant this amazing piece to be absorbed. The whole premise is that Billy Pilgrim became "unstuck in time." This cannot be stated any more simply than that. The movie does an excellent job of depicting how a man "unstuck in time" lives his life.

In my tightly held personal opinion, Kurt Vonnegut Jr did not care at all if his books were to be translated into movies. He wrote for readers, not watchers.

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Yuhu
Jul 28, 2015

One of the best novel-to-film translations ever; an absolutely brilliant film that would make George Roy Hill's reputation if he had directed nothing else--and it's his best achievement. Kurt Vonnegut himself was totally pleased with this adaptation, and said so; S-5 is accepted as Vonnegut's masterpiece, and is one of the great antiwar novels. Don't know what those are thinking of who rate this film at a low level; it is one of the best American movies of the 20th century. Compare Vonnegut's great tragicomic vision to other war films, and you'll appreciate that atrocity and hope and laughter can live in close proximity to each other. Two images are at the heart of S-5: The fire-bombing of Dresden, a jewel in the crown of European culture, and the Planet Tralfamadore, the Moses basket in which human aspiration will be conveyed to a better place and time. The casting is impeccable; Michael Sacks is perfect as Billy Pilgrim, and all actors produce memorable characters that accurately convey Vonnegut's intent. This film deserves and rewards multiple viewings, and is not to be missed.

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æther
Jul 27, 2015

More of a classic as time goes by...

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Calvacade
Jun 19, 2015

A man travels thoughout time ( seemingly random )- based on the book by Kurt Vonnegut. This film was directed by George Roy Hill- one of my favorite classic Hollywood directors- though underrated for some reason- although he's made many fine films- including: The World According to Garp, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Slapshot and The Sting.

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Nursebob
Feb 04, 2015

A decent adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s semi-autobiographical novel about a man suffering from extreme dissociative behaviour following his experiences in a German POW camp. Billie Pilgrim is literally lost in time, he never knows when he’ll be pulled from his affluent middle-class existence in order to relive the horrors he witnessed in WWII. Both realities are confusing to him....the senseless destruction of the past, and the comfortable banality of the present with its silly social conventions and a family that is little more than a group of strangers to him. Not only is he lost in time then, he is also lost culturally and spiritually. It’s not until he’s kidnapped by a race of aliens that he finally experiences the peace of mind that has eluded him. Ironically, it is this third reality (a complete departure from reality actually) that contains the least amount of true freedom....he’s cooped up in a sparsely furnished glass bubble surrounded by a poisonous atmosphere while his benevolent captors urge him to mate with a fellow abductee. The “Tralfamadoreans” dismiss the concept of free will, believing instead that suffering and joy are both inevitable and the key to happiness is to play down the bad times and concentrate on the good. Pilgrim’s attempt to impart this bit of wisdom to his fellow Earthlings proves disastrous. It appears that prejudice, hatred and blind revenge...presented here as an embittered fellow veteran...are obstacles that may prove too much for mankind to overcome.

RobertLR May 01, 2013

The concept is good but the prior comment hits the nail on the head, just too much jumping around, although the crashed Cadillac scene is entertaining

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