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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. Runtime: 111 mins Release Date: 04 Aug 1971
I became an instant pacifist when I saw this movie at the age of 16. Prior to this, I had been a supporter of the war in Vietnam, and had fully intended to enlist when I was old enough. My father, a veteran of WW2 and Korea, took me to see this movie when it was first released, to help cure me of my delusion about the glory of war. He was very successful in that undertaking. While I haven't seen the movie in 34 years, I cannot deny it had a major influence on my life. I'll never forget the horror I felt in seeing that poor soldier trapped in his mind. I would strongly recommend <more>
telling anyone who is pro-war to see this movie. You may help turn on others to the horrors of war.
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 <more>
Easily the greatest film on war, EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (by CommunistQuads)
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.NOW!
Excellent subject (by Angeneer)
I guess the credit for the subject must go to the book, not the movie. But since usually more people see a movie than read a book, it communicates pretty well the idea. It doesn't demand great acting since it is basically a narrative. The image of Johnny with this white mask on top is haunting! A must see if you haven't read the book.
As anyone who's watched TRUMBO knows, John Wayne jailed Dalton Trumbo . . . (by oscaralbert)
. . . back in the 1950s because millionaires with guns are the most dangerous things in this world. Dalton Trumbo wrote JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN to warn America of the incipient Paddock Bannon Party also frequently referred to as the Repug Party or the GOOPERS . Trumbo pictures former True Blue American Union Chief Johnny Wayne nee Marion Mitchell Morrison, who became the self-proclaimed "Il Duce" with both legs, both arms, both eyeballs, both balls, and so forth blown off. Trumbo is saying with JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN that such emasculating total mutilation is what happens to a Man's <more>
immortal soul when he defects from the side of We True Blue Normal Average Loyal Patriotic Progressive Silent Majority 99 Per Center Union Label Citizens to throw in his lot with the Basket of Deplorable Corrupt Job-Killing Red Commie "Conservative" Capitalist Polluting Plunderer Class. Dalton knew that Wayne played a series of Robin Hood-like People's Champions during the 1930s before becoming a minion of Satanic Arch Demon John Ford. JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN Allegorizes what will become of America once the Racist Public Enemies such as Steve Paddock and Steve Bannon begin to "cull" We the American Masses. While "high roller" casino lizard gun nuts such as Paddock begin to machine-gun us away by the hundreds, this will merely be a sideshow fiendishly designed to distract us from the Main Threat to our Well-Being: casino lizards such as Steve Bannon and Don Juan Rump yanking away our Medicare, Food Stamps, Social Security, Veteran's Benefits, Medicaid, Planned Parenthood, Government Pensions, ObamaCare, National Parks, Health Inspectors, Job Safety Enforcers, Union Committee People, and so forth to kill us off by the millions! Jesus Christ Himself might as well be pictured at the controls of a runaway freight train mangling the Bodies of We the People, Dalton shows us with JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN, since all the so-called "Christians" of the USA are in league with the Devil! Tragically, America did not heed the lessons of JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN, allowing Wayne and his henchman Ward Bond--a fellow Ford "Stock Company" imp--to ride their Harleys up and down Hollywood Boulevard late into the night, clubbing any neatly dressed pedestrians for being gay like Il Duce and Bond were Canadians bashing baby seals! . When America continued to honor Wayne and his ilk EVEN AFTER the release of JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN, it became inevitable that crass millionaires and billionaires such as Il Duce, Rump, Bannon, and Paddock would soon be gunning for us both LITERALLY as in Las Vegas with Paddock and, even more threateningly, with the ill-gotten wealth they've stolen from us to produce record levels of Well-Being Inequality, with Rump, Bannon and company now looting the U.S. Treasury and funneling half of it to the Kremlin! If YOU don't want to join JOHNNY in His Living Grave, Trumbo tells us, you MUST join the movement to declare the Paddock Bannon Rump Repugs as the Public Enemies they are, strip them of their citizenship on the grounds of High Treason, use their stolen wealth to pay off the National Debt they ran up, and deport them as Traitors to Antarctica's Larsen Ice Shelf B the only continent that will take them !
Artistic portrayal of human nature, and the pain of isolation (by Mirkovich)
This film is not so much about war as it is about human nature and the social ideals that cause war. It is a very sad reality about the darker side of the human existence. The movie starts with a young man losing his legs, arms, eyes, mouth, and hearing in an explosion during WWI. By the monstrous graces of "modern" medicine he survives and is forced to live the rest of his life in total isolation. Inside this isolation we are shown the many influences he had in his life and how he feels about them after having been a victim of their teachings. This movie did not make me a pacifist, <more>
but rather re-enforced my already standing belief that war is inevitable and inescapable. Death and destruction are apart of who we are as human beings. To deny that is to deny who you really are.
Johnny awakes in a hospital to gradually find that he has lost his limbs and most of his sensory organs. He is being kept alive in a bizarre experiment to see just how long a torso can live in sensory deprivation. The doctors are convinced he has no real feeling, but he has dreams and memories and slowly pieces together what has happened to him. In his desperation he finds a way to communicate with a young nurse who cares for him and though she has been told he has no feeling; she finds otherwise, and tries to make the doctors aware. Johnny wants the world to know what has happened to him, <more>
what the war has done to him. Will they heed his plea or will they leave him in the living nightmare of isolation? This may be, on the surface, an anti war film, but underlying it all is a deep anti-establishment theme, for it is the politicians, the establishment who don't want to recognise this young man as a real person with feelings. He has no arms, you see, no eyes, no ears. His plight could not have been worse if he had dark skin or lacked external genitalia. He is a symbol of the ignorance of the establishment and though there is a possibility this story could be literally true, it is equally possible that Johnny could represent every single one of us, trapped in a place where we do not want to be, and no-one will listen...LLB
when the script takes the movie up there. (by aristofanis)
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 <more>
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
JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN Dalton Trumbo, 1971 ***1/2 (by Bunuel1976)
I had always been intrigued by this film because of its admittedly morbid subject matter – and became even more so when I learned that Trumbo had originally approached my favorite film-maker, Luis Bunuel, to co-write it with him and direct! It's an undeniably effective anti-war parable which, though based on Trumbo's own 1939 novel set during WWI , proved especially timely in view of the ongoing controversy over the U.S. military's involvement in Vietnam.Having a writer making his first and only stab at directing a film, the overall result is a brilliant one, but which <more>
tends to be literate to a fault. Perhaps unconsciously, Trumbo inverts the technique used by The Archers in A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH 1946 by utilizing black-and-white for the present day occurrences and color for the flashback/fantasy sequences the film was beautifully shot by then-novice cinematographer Jules Brenner, since Trumbo did not wish to be overly influenced by the input of an established professional within the industry . It must be said that the monochrome hospital scenes, though essentially repetitive, are suitably harrowing and poignant: ironically, the chief doctor attending to Bottoms is himself a cripple; kept alive for years thereafter to be used as guinea-pig in medical experiments, the film takes a definite stand against the inhumanity of such a decision – ending on a religious/scientific debate in the operating theater which leaves the hero who had, by this time, learned to express himself via Morse Code messages sending out a desperate and unheeded S.O.S. call! Indirectly, this section also feels like a plea for euthanasia – a new young nurse played by Diane Varsi who unaccountably takes a personal interest in, and eventually manages to communicate with, our ill-fated hero has her attempts to give him peace thwarted by her pompous superiors! Unfortunately, Timothy Bottoms' recollections are somewhat hit-and-miss: while some of them are quite lovely particularly two episodes which feature the protagonist interacting with his girlfriend and a friendly whore who lived through the 1906 San Francisco 'quake , agreeably whimsical the scenes featuring Donald Sutherland as Jesus Christ, finding himself at a loss when it comes to aid Bottoms in his unique plight, are highly amusing, doubtless offensive to some and, most probably, the remnants of Bunuel's tenure in the project's development or absurdist his stint at the front-line, which is capped by the tragic and life-changing accident , others decidedly fall flat – such as the dream-like sequences featuring Jason Robards as his shoe-maker/fisherman father one of which has him a carnival barker parading his maimed son around in a freak show! and the lengthy, irrelevant send-off party at the bakery where the hero works which was also Trumbo's first job! ; conversely, Robards' death scene filmed in the same house and bed where the writer-director's own dad passed away! emerges to be quietly affecting. The rest of the cast is capably assembled it was a particular pleasure for me to watch Charles McGraw as Bottoms' prospective father-in-law, while Marsha Hunt – a fellow blacklistee of Trumbo's – appears briefly as Bottoms' mum , and Jerry Fielding contributes a typically impressive score.The film concludes by listing the estimates of fallen and wounded soldiers during WWI, clearly intended as an eye-opener to potential Vietnam draftees/volunteers moved by a sudden patriotic urge or, more precisely, duped into such a state to uphold democracy come what may. Obviously, Trumbo is still best-known today for his troubles with HUAC as already intimated but, while this film – in which he even puts in a brief appearance! – could have benefited from firmer and more experienced control incidentally, his son Christopher served as Assistant Director , it remains arguably his most personal statement and, deservedly I think, won him the Special Jury and F.I.P.R.E.S.C.I. prizes at the Cannes Film Festival in a year which had Sergio Leone serving as Jury member and where more renowned films like Nicolas Roeg's WALKABOUT 1971 and Louis Malle's MURMUR OF THE HEART 1971 went away empty-handed! While I had first watched this by the way, I have upgraded my rating by half a star as a stand-alone feature, my re-acquaintance came via the R1 SE DVD from the new company 'Shout! Factory': included are an interview with the star, a few minutes' worth of behind-the-scenes 'rushes' accompanied by comments from Bottoms and Jules Brenner , the theatrical trailer narrated by Robards himself , an "American Cinematographer" article about the film, and the Heavy Metal band Metallica's music video for their 1988 song "One" which used extensive footage from the film . Best of all, however, are a fascinating 1-hour "Making Of" documentary which actually deals in reasonable detail with the whole of Trumbo's life and a half-hour long radio dramatization/reduction of the novel from 1940 starring a typically dynamic James Cagney interestingly, only two years after participating in such a direct pacifist statement, he would go to the other extreme – ironically, following accusations of Communist leanings – and make one of Hollywood's most powerful rallying posters for WWII with YANKEE DOODLE DANDY: the song "Over There", composed by that film's subject George M. Cohan, is even adopted here as sardonic undercurrent! .