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Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

Kurt Vonnegut’s masterpiece science-fiction novel is done marvellous justice by director George Roy Hill’s wildly complex, truly bizarre and poignant commentary on the absurdity of human existence.

In this postmodern Pilgrim’s Progress, Michael Sacks is Billy Pilgrim, a middle-aged optometrist who has become “unstuck in time” and is experiencing involuntary time travel.

Pilgrim constantly leaves the present to either return to the past, to the abattoir (Slaughterhouse-Five) where he sheltered from the 1945 firebombing of Dresden as a POW, or flit to the future, where his mating with beautiful young porn star Montana Wildhack (Valerie Perrine) is viewed under a glass geodesic dome by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore who have abducted the couple to display in a zoo.

A wry, intelligent and thought-provoking parable with a haunting surreal quality.

Billy Pilgrim
Michael Sacks
Paul Lazzaro
Ron Leibman
Eugene Roche
Sharon Gans
Montana Wildhack
Valerie Perrine
Wild Bob Cody
Roberts Blossom
Lionel Merble
Sorrell Booke
Kevin Conway

George Roy Hill