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Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

R | | Drama, War | 1972 (UK)
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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.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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... Joe Bonham
Kathy Fields ... Kareen
... Joe's Mother
... Joe's Father
... Christ
... Mike Burkeman
Sandy Brown Wyeth ... Lucky
... Jody Simmons (as Donald Barry)
... Ancient Prelate
Kendell Clarke ... Hospital Offical
... Corporal Timlon
... Col. / Gen. Tillery
Craig Bovia ... Little Guy
Judy Howard Chaikin ... Bakery Girl
... Orator (as Robert Cole)
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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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1972 (UK)  »

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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 "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" at the end of the film means: "It is sweet and proper to die for one's country." See more »

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Joe: When it comes my turn, will you want me to go?
Father: For democracy, any man would give his only begotten son.
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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 Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (2003) See more »

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Keep the Home Fires Burning
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Music by Ivor Novello
Lyrics by Lena Guilbert Ford
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when the script takes the movie up there.
2 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie on public Greek TV (original version with subtitles), and was glued to the screen until the very end. I would say that it develops in three modes. One is the horrible black and white present, one is the colorful past (memory) and one is the surreal world of Johnny's dreams where he is conscious of his injury! I haven't understood how the scenes with his father in the past add up to the movie very well. The acting isn't superb and some lines could have been different. The black and white cinematography is very convincing and the scenes with the last nurse are tremendous! Aside from the downsides of war which are evident, the movie also deals with how the system is willing to suppress its own fabricated heroes when they fall short of its ideology. One of the best Hollywood movies ever made, chiefly due to its powerful script. 8/10


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