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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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Writers:
Dalton Trumbo (novel)
Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 March 1972 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
The most shattering experience you'll ever live.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Bleak film about a soldier really wounded with effective fantasy sequences in a series of flashbacks See more (78 total) »

Cast

  (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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Runtime:
111 min
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Color:
Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The scenes with Jesus Christ are written by Luis Buñuel.See more »
Quotes:
Christ:No arms?
Joe:I havn't got anything. I'm just like a piece of meat that keeps on living.
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Soundtrack:
Keep the Home Fires BurningSee more »

FAQ

What are the statistics shown on screen just before the end credits?
The name of the producer is Bruce Campbell. Is this the same Bruce Campbell from the Evil Dead and Army Of Darkness films?
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Bleak film about a soldier really wounded with effective fantasy sequences in a series of flashbacks, 28 May 2010
Author: ma-cortes

This wrenching tale about a basket case in which a young American soldier named Johnny -Timothy Bottoms - is hit by a bomb on the last days of the WWI . The story takes place in the mind of a quadruple amputee who has also lost his eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. As the deaf and dumb Joe is limbless , faceless and confined to a semi-existence and he attempts to communicate with the staff -Edward Franz- and caretakers . Regaining consciousness, 20 and some year-old Joe Bonham slowly learns that while his brain is healthy and able to reason, the rest of his body is irreparably shattered, leaving him forever tied within the confines of his own imagination. Regarded as a vegetable and stuck in a light-less hospital utility room , he fantasizes and dreams about life before and after the artillery shell . He struggles valiantly to find some way to communicate with the outside world . Tapping his head on the pillow in Morse code he breaks through and pleads with his nurse -Diane Varsi- to be put on display as a living example of the cost of war.

The black-listed Trumbo adapted his own novel, seemingly unfilmable , incredibly based on real events , approximately thirty years after he wrote it and shot at the climax of the Vietnam era . The picture is often sentimental, sometimes thought-provoking as well as terrifying . It is developed through a sustained interior monologue on a series of flashbacks to Johnny's infancy , his first and only night with his love interest -performed by Kathy Fields- , before leaving for the front , his employment in the local bakery and his relationship to his father- Jason Robards- and Christ well played by Donad Sutherland , including some breathtaking images in a train. The flick terminates captioning the following : ¨ War dead since 1914 : over 80.000.000 , missing or mutilated : over 150.000.000¨ . ¨ Dulce et decorum est pro Patria Mori ¨. The movie deservedly won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes 71 . This morbid anti-war and pro-euthanasia diatribe is very good film though a little bit boring , talky and depressing. It's recently remade (2008) in a special version by Rowan Joseph with Ben MacKenzie as Johnny .

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