In this tragic, dark, anti-war satire, a patriotic young American in WW1 is rendered blind, deaf, limbless, and mute by a horrific artillery shell attack. Trapped in what's left of his body, he desperately looks for a way to end his life.
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.
Jason Robards was paid $40,000 for his role as Joe's dad. See more »
He won't wait for an answer. All he says is, "Kill me, kill me, kill me."
Don't you have some message for him, Padre?
[Priest shakes his head and looks to the floor]
You could at least tell him to put his faith in God, couldn't you?
I'll pray for him for the rest of my days. But I will not risk testing his faith against your stupidity.
Well you're a hell of a priest, aren't you?
He's the product of your profession, not mine.
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On the Laserdisc version the scene where Joe gets the phone call about his fathers death is extended after his boss walks up to him and Joe explains his situation, afterward his boss gets another worker to drive him home. See more »
Easily the greatest film on war, EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just watch it. Pacifist for life. Nothing will ever change me after this. The most horrifying experience ever. Dalton Trumbo made this possibly the greatest book to film creation of all time. People who love war are simply not human, and this movie shows it perfectly. The acting is normal, and it should be. Johnny is a normal man, as all men who fight for the machine. The human condition has never been portrayed as real as this. I now see why trumbo was named one of the Hollywood 10. He was not a genius. He was a messenger with a gift for seeing reality.
Watch this film.
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