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17. Have any movies been made from his books? (Kurt Vonnegut)




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This article is from the Kurt Vonnegut FAQ, by George A Cooley geocool@blarg.net with numerous contributions by others.

17. Have any movies been made from his books? (Kurt Vonnegut)

Perhaps the best one (according to almost everyone including Kurt) was
George Roy Hill's 1972 "Slaughterhouse Five." The 1984 Jerry Lewis /
Madeline Kahn film "Slapstick (Of Another Kind)" is widely regarded as
just plain terrible. Displaced Person (DP) is a short film that I
haven't been able to get any info about. Glenn saw it some years ago,
and reports that it was pretty good. The 1971 "Happy Birthday, Wanda
June," is a film that Vonnegut doesn't like at all; he even tried to have
his name removed from it. As he writes in "Palm Sunday," "This proved to
be impossible, however. I alone had done the thing the credits said I
had done. I had really written the thing." (chap 18, pp 311) Finally,
"Mother Night" is new from Fine Line Features, due out on November 8th,
1996. Read about it in question #18 -- "Isn't there a new movie coming
out based on 'Mother Night'?"

For TV movies, there was the 1972 "Between Time and Timbuktu" which was
done by PBS, and also a pair of movies made by Showtime at some point:
"Who am I this time?" starring Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken, and
"Harrison Bergeron," starring Sean Astin and Christopher Plummer. I have
seen these in video rental stores in the USA; they are both very good and
worth seeing, even with "Harrison Bergeron" being quite expanded with only
very basic and thematic resemblance to the short story.

Showtime also breifly had a science-fiction series called "Kurt Vonnegut's
Monkey House" made up of 25 minute episode adaptions of various Vonnegut
short stories, and this even included introductions by Kurt himself. I'm
told there is one more Showtime tape containing four of these stories:
"All the King's Horses," "Next Door," "The Euphio Question," and
"Fortitude," and additional stories adapted in the series include "More
Stately Mansions" with Madeline Kahn, "EPICAC," with Alley Sheedy, and
"The Foster Portfolio." If anybody has any more concrete info about
these or any other Vonnegut related movies, please email me.

For more info about some of these KV movies, be sure to check out the KV
info at the Internet Movie Database.
<http://us.imdb.com/M/person-exact?+Vonnegut+Jr.,+Kurt>
Maybe some of our loyal readers can fill in some of the blanks they have
with even more specific info about these movies.

 

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