Ron Liebman in George Roy Hill's adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" (1972)

Slaughterhouse-Five (1972) Directed by George Roy Hill from the novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Ron Liebman as Paul Lazzaro.

Lazzaro: That corporal… he’ll get back home after the war, he’ll be a big hero. Dames’ll be climbing all over him. Couple years’ll go by, and one day there’s gonna be a knock on his door and there’ll be this stranger. “Paul Lazzaro sent me,” the stranger’ll say and then he’ll pull out a gun and shoot his pecker off. Stranger’ll give him a couple of seconds to think about who Paul Lazzaro is and what life’s gonna be like without a pecker… and he’ll shoot him once in the guts and walk away. Yes.

2 Responses to “Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)”

  1. One of George Roy Hill’s most celebrated films. Like just about everyone else I went through a “I love Kurt Vonnegut” stage in high school (Hermann Hesse was another author that spurred on an obsession) and SLAUGHTER-HOUSE FIVE was one of my absolute favorites. The film does make some compromises, but Stephen Geller’s adapted screenplay is still impressive as is the lead performance by Michael Sachs as Billy Pilgrim, Miroslav Ondricek’s arresting cinematography, and a splendid score by Glenn Gould that is partially listed from variations on his Bach catalog.

  2. Yeah, Kurt Vonnegut was huge for me in high school, though the big one for me was Breakfast of Champions. I always kind of felt like GRH’s movie version was underrated, but maybe I just hung out in the wrong circles. I think it’s a lovely adaptation of a very difficult novel to film. Fun to revisit. And yes, the Glenn Gould soundtrack is a high point.

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