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Slaughterhouse-Five 1972 15

104 mins USA Director. George Roy Hill

In this adaptation of cult author Kurt Vonnegut’s celebrated novel, Billy Pilgrim becomes ‘unstuck in time’, flitting between different eras including war-time Dresden and a future existence on the planet of Tralfamadore. With its fractured narrative, European setting and lack of major stars, Slaughterhouse-Five is a distinctly high-brow and sophisticated sci-fi from a major Hollywood studio.

Vonnegut himself was highly enamoured with the adaptation, calling it “flawless” and the film went on to win the Prix du Jury at Cannes 1972. It can perhaps now be best appreciated as the missing link between heady European sci-fi such as Je t’aime Je t’aime and later, more experimental Hollywood spectaculars like The Fountain and Cloud Atlas.

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Directed by

George Roy Hill


Michael Sacks

Ron Leibman

Eugene Roche


Science Fiction Comedy War


Tomorrow's World Cult Cinema Altered States Based on the Book… Cannes Film Festival Closed Captions









Production company

Universal Pictures

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