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Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

 -  Drama | War  -  1 March 1972 (France)
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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, ... See full summary »

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Kareen
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Joe's Mother
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Mike Burkeman
Sandy Brown Wyeth ...
Lucky
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Jody Simmons (as Donald Barry)
Peter Brocco ...
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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. Written by Anonymous

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The most shattering experience you'll ever live.

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1 March 1972 (France)  »

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Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun  »

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Metallica used this story as the basis for their song One, appearing on the 1989 release '...And Justice For All'. The official promotional video also contained several clips form the original movie. See more »

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Joe: There's a game out there, and the stakes are high. And the guy who runs it figures the averages all day long and all night long. Once in a while he lets you steal a pot. But if you stay in the game long enough, you've got to lose. And once you've lost there's no way back, no way at all.
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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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One of the good war movies of all times.
30 November 1999 | by (Paris France) – See all my reviews

Forget about Private Ryan and other "heroes" of the big screen. Johnny who was revealed during the Viet Nam conflict is the symbol of them all.

No loud scenes, no philosophy, no seas or rivers of red blood, here is war in its absolute nudity, shorn from all the frills of honor, heroism and even cowardice.

I wish Johnny would be on TV more often not only in France once every 10 years for the 11th of November.


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