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Johnny Got His Gun -- After a shell leaves his body mangled on the final day of World War I, young Joe Bonham lies trapped in a hospital bed.
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Dalton Trumbo (novel)
Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 March 1972 (France) See more »
The most shattering experience you'll ever live.
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Mind blowing and original See more (78 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Timothy Bottoms ... Joe Bonham

Kathy Fields ... Kareen

Marsha Hunt ... Joe's Mother

Jason Robards ... Joe's Father

Donald Sutherland ... Christ

Charles McGraw ... Mike Burkeman
Sandy Brown Wyeth ... Lucky

Don 'Red' Barry ... Jody Simmons (as Donald Barry)
Peter Brocco ... Ancient Prelate
Kendell Clarke ... Hospital Offical

Eric Christmas ... Corporal Timlon

Eduard Franz ... Col. / Gen. Tillery
Craig Bovia ... Little Guy
Judy Howard Chaikin ... Bakery Girl

Dalton Trumbo ... Orator (as Robert Cole)
Maurice Dallimore ... British Colonel

Robert Easton ... Third Doctor
Larry Fleischman ... Russ

Anthony Geary ... Redhead (as Tony Geary)
Ed Gilbert ... Priest (as Edmund Gilbert)
Ben Hammer ... Second Doctor
Milton Barnes ... First Reader
Wayne Heffley ... Captain
Lynn Hanratty ... Elisabeth Age 6
Ernestine Johnston ... Farm Woman
Joseph Kaufmann ... Rudy (as Joseph Kaufman)
Mike Lee ... Bill Harper
Kerry MacLane ... Joe Age 10
William Mims ... Gentleman
Byron Morrow ... Brigadier General

Alice Nunn ... Third Nurse
Marge Redmond ... First Nurse
Jodean Lawrence ... Second Nurse (as Jodean Russo)

Diane Varsi ... Fourth Nurse

David Soul ... Swede
Peter Virgo Jr. ... Attendant
Gigi Vorgan ... Catherine Age 13
Jeffrey Walker ... Fifth Guy (as Jeff Walker)
Bruce Watson ... Technician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Winston Churchill ... Himself - Opening Credits (archive footage) (uncredited)
Xus Estruch ... (uncredited)
Ken Globus ... Waiter (uncredited)
Margaret Pellegrini ... (uncredited)
Philippe Pétain ... Himself - Opening Credits (archive footage) (uncredited)

Pepe Serna ... Jose (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Churchgoer (uncredited)

Tom Tryon ... (uncredited)
Tsar Nicholas II ... Himself - Opening Credits (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tsarina Alexandra ... Himself - Opening Credits (archive footage) (uncredited)
Etienne Veazie ... Black Youth (uncredited)
Cynthia Wilson ... Catherine Age 7 (uncredited)
Woodrow Wilson ... Himself - Opening Credits (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Dalton Trumbo 
Writing credits
Dalton Trumbo (novel)

Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)

Luis Buñuel  uncredited

Produced by
Bruce Campbell .... producer
Tony Monaco .... associate producer
Christopher Trumbo .... associate producer
Tom Tryon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jerry Fielding 
Cinematography by
Jules Brenner 
Film Editing by
Millie Moore 
Casting by
Tony Monaco 
Production Design by
Harold Michelson 
Art Direction by
Jeremy Kay 
Harold Michelson 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
Bob Signorelli  (as Robert Signorelli)
Costume Design by
Theadora Van Runkle 
Makeup Department
Phil Rhodes .... makeup artist (as Phillip Rhodes)
Lorraine Roberson .... hair stylist
Production Management
James F. Sommers .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Trumbo .... assistant director
Art Department
James Martin Bachman .... assistant art director (as James Bachman)
Stephen R. Ferry .... property master (as Stephen Ferry)
Sound Department
Samuel M. Annis .... looping editor
Harold M. Etherington .... sound mixer (as Hal Etherington)
James M. Falkinburg .... sound effects editor (as Jim Nelson)
Bob Minkler .... sound effects mixer (as Robert Minkler)
Howard S. Wollman .... dialogue mixer (as Howard Wollman)
Special Effects by
Dick Williams .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Melissa Campbell .... still photographer
Dick Colean .... first assistant camera
George Rumanes .... lighting director
Bud Schindler .... key grip (as Bud Shindler)
Robert Touyarot .... camera operator
Casting Department
Marsha Kleinman .... assistant to casting director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James Kessler .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Elizabeth H. Buxton .... assistant editor (as Elizabeth Buxton)
William Paul Dornisch .... supervising editor (as William P. Dornisch)
June Gilham .... negative cutter
Music Department
Jerry Fielding .... conductor
Erma E. Levin .... music editor (as Erma Levin)
Don Minkler .... music mixer (as Donald Minkler)
Transportation Department
Elmore Adams .... transportation director
Other crew
Deanna Beeler .... secretary to the director
Milton Birnbaum .... medical advisor (as Dr. Milton Birnbaum)
John Bright .... production associate
Dorothea Campbell .... production associate
Madeline Colie .... production secretary (as Madeline Oolie)
Aubrey Finn .... attorney
Eugene Frenke .... production associate (as Gene Frenke)
Robert Haggiag .... production associate
Simon Lazarus .... production associate
Clarke Lindsley .... assistant to producer
John Lott .... production coordinator
Bob Milford .... production consultant
Carolyn Newman .... production secretary
Roy Silver .... production associate
Dale Strange .... set operator
Pamela H. Vanneck .... assistant to producer
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun" - USA (complete title)
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111 min
Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
Father:Put your arms around me. I need to feel their warmth, to keep the chill of death away.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mr. Nobody (2009)See more »
Keep the Home Fires BurningSee more »


What are the statistics shown on screen just before the end credits?
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67 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
Mind blowing and original, 30 April 1999
Author: chrisdee-2 from San Francisco, CA

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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