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Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

R | | Drama, War | 1 March 1972 (France)
A World War I soldier, rendered blind, deaf, limbless, and mute by a horrific artillery shell attack, finds a unique way of communicating with his doctors.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Kareen
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Joe's Mother
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Joe's Father
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Mike Burkeman
Sandy Brown Wyeth ...
Lucky
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Jody Simmons (as Donald Barry)
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Ancient Prelate
Kendell Clarke ...
Hospital Offical
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Corporal Timlon
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Col. / Gen. Tillery
Craig Bovia ...
Little Guy
Judy Howard Chaikin ...
Bakery Girl
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Orator (as Robert Cole)
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Joe, a young American soldier, is hit by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in a hospital bed in a fate worse than death - a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms, legs, eyes, ears, mouth and nose. He remains conscious and able to think, thereby reliving his life through strange dreams and memories, unable to distinguish whether he is awake or dreaming. He remains frustrated by his situation, until one day when Joe discovers a unique way to communicate with his caregivers.

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eyes | dream | memory | soldier | hospital | See All (229) »

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The most shattering experience you'll ever live. See more »

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Drama | War

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1 March 1972 (France)  »

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Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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In 1964, it was announced that Luis Buñuel would direct this for producer Martin Ransohoff. See more »

Quotes

Christ: What you need is a miracle.
Joe: No, not a miracle. Just tell me that the rat is real and the way I am now is a dream.
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War Dead Since 1914: Over 80,000,000 Missing or Mutilated: Over 150,000,000 "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" See more »

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Referenced in Boxing Helena (1993) See more »

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Keep the Home Fires Burning
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Music by Ivor Novello
Lyrics by Lena Guilbert Ford
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when the script takes the movie up there.
2 August 2005 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie on public Greek TV (original version with subtitles), and was glued to the screen until the very end. I would say that it develops in three modes. One is the horrible black and white present, one is the colorful past (memory) and one is the surreal world of Johnny's dreams where he is conscious of his injury! I haven't understood how the scenes with his father in the past add up to the movie very well. The acting isn't superb and some lines could have been different. The black and white cinematography is very convincing and the scenes with the last nurse are tremendous! Aside from the downsides of war which are evident, the movie also deals with how the system is willing to suppress its own fabricated heroes when they fall short of its ideology. One of the best Hollywood movies ever made, chiefly due to its powerful script. 8/10


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