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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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Joe's Mother
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Mike Burkeman
Sandy Brown Wyeth ...
Lucky
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Jody Simmons (as Donald Barry)
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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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Storyline

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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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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The film was a minor success when it was originally released. It became a well-known cult film in 1989 when it was included in the Metallica video "One" (1989). Eventually, the band bought the rights to the film so they could keep showing their music video without having to pay royalties. See more »

Quotes

Father: You're gonna make the world safe for democracy!
Joe Age 10: What is democracy?
Father: Well it's never bright clear on myself. Like any other kind government it's got something to do with young men killing each other I believe.
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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 Field Poppy (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep the Home Fires Burning
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Music by Ivor Novello
Lyrics by Lena Guilbert Ford
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Mind blowing and original
30 April 1999 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

One of cinema's greatest achievements. The film is an incredible experience. The fact that you spend almost two hours watching the figure of someone buried under sheets and that we are intrigued by every second of it, testifies to the genius of the film. It's sad that most people remember this movie as the one Metallica made a video for. No offense to the band, but this JGHG is far more important than that. Dalton Trumbo's only directorial effort and it is flawless. The majority of the film is told in a voiceover and like "Twelve Angry Men" every thing takes place in one room. Prepare to be amazed.


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