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Johnny Got His Gun

  • Drama
  • War
  • 1971
  • Dalton Trumbo
  • 106 mins
  • X

Summary

During World War I, a patriotic young American is rendered blind, deaf, limbless, and mute by a horrific artillery shell attack. Trapped in what's left of his body, he desperately looks for a way to end his life.

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Review

A star rating of 1 out of 5.

Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was imprisoned during the McCarthy witch-hunts yet won two Oscars under a pseudonym - for Roman Holiday and The Brave One. With Johnny Got His Gun Trumbo directed his own script from his own novel about a First World War soldier who has lost his arms, legs, face, sight, smell and hearing but is kept alive for medical research and experimentation. They think he's a vegetable but he isn't. In fact, he suffers from flashback syndrome and then he has visions of Jesus, played by Donald Sutherland ... then a nurse communicates with him by Morse code and ... oh, it just drags on in its excruciating, cringe-inducing, self-important way. Simply awful, but the French loved it, giving it three awards at Cannes.

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Credits

Cast

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FatherJason Robards
Johnny / Joe BonhamTimothy Bottoms
MotherMarsha Hunt
NurseDiane Varsi
Girl's fatherCharles McGraw

Crew

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DirectorDalton Trumbo

Details

Theatrical distributor
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Released on
1972-09-21
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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