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Director:
Writers:
Dalton Trumbo (novel)
Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 March 1972 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The most shattering experience you'll ever live.
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Maybe the most effective movie I've ever seen See more (76 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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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Joe:S.O.S. Help me.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Keep the Home Fires BurningSee more »

FAQ

What are the statistics shown on screen just before the end credits?
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42 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Maybe the most effective movie I've ever seen, 13 July 2007
Author: sideburnmikeguitar from United States

Let me say that I would NOT recommend this to anyone lightly. I feel quite confident saying that there are very few people I know who I think should see it.

It's all about the horror of war. The setting is WWI and involves a very young man, boy really, who has no appendages because of a grenade. The rest of the moving cuts between his horrific vegetative physical state with voice-overs of his thoughts and flashbacks to his rather limited life experiences and a few fantasies or inner monologues.

This was really a soul-shattering movie in a lot of ways. After watching it I couldn't get it out of my head for hours after hours. I couldn't' get to sleep until mid way through the next day. It is just relentlessly brutal in giving detail of true internal psychological torture, seeing a wasted life sacrificed.

I didn't read the book, which I've been told is even more dramatic than the film. I honestly can't imagine that. I don't think I could read the book. Parts of it make me think of "All Quiet on the Western Front" but in far more isolated ways. There's no glory here.

Donald Sutherland's Christ is a fascinating character and compelling. Joe's flashbacks are all meaningful and relate to the "big questions" he's trying to sort out that only seem to provide answer that torture him even more. The scene with his girlfriend early in the movie when the old man says "don't make a whore out of her" is profound in its delivery.

It is fairly artistic in a very dark sense. It's too heavy for some people. They will claim it was boring but that is only for those who have no understanding of the weight of the matters because it doesn't involve them. Make no mistake, this sort of thing goes on every day as there are wars every day.

I'm all about defending and fighting for personal rights, but if this movie were shown in every public school in the world there would be far fewer people willing to fight for the causes of others and the promise of a few more dollars.

I've never seen a movie that moved me so much but in such a sad way. It was perfect in its execution, but then again some lessons are better left unlearned.

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