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"Slaughterhouse Five"

Slaughterhouse Five

Kurt Vonnegut's novel became a movie in 1972, and has aired on a variety of PBS stations in the 1980's and 1990's. With the catchphrase "Billie Pilgrim has come unstuck in time", the movie follows Billie Pilgrim (Michael Sacks), who jumps back and forth in time living his life out of sequence and has no control over where he will go next. Throughout the movie we see Billie as a young soldier in World War II where he is captured by German Soldiers, a young man getting married, a father, and as an old man witnessing his own assassination. This begins to make sense for him when he finds himself on the distant planet Tralfamadore and the aliens lay it all out for him. Billie finally realizes that in order for him to survive even to his death, he must concentrate on the good things and ignore the bad in life. The name "Slaughterhouse Five" comes from the German prisoner camp he is held in briefly.



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