Slaughterhouse-Five
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"Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." These opening words of Kurt Vonnegut's famous novel make an effective and short summary of a haunting, funny film. For the screen, director George Roy Hill faithfully renders Vonnegut's black anti-war comedy about Pilgrim (well played in a low key by Michael Sacks), who survives the horrendous 1945 fire bombing of Dresden then lives simultaneously in his past as a naïve American POW and in the future as a well-cared-for zoo resident on the planet Tralfamadore (with zaftig Valerie Perrine as his mate). In the present, he's a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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"provocative"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Interesting, if not fully realized, version of the Vonnegut novel."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The film captures the essence of the book even while diverging from it. Vonnegut himself always claimed to be extremely pleased with it."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"The best of the Vonnegut adaptations"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Embora consiga se manter fiel à trama e à estrutura narrativa do fabuloso livro de Vonnegut, falha por não ter força dramática e por captar apenas parcialmente a intensa mensagem anti-belicista da obra original."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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