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Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

aka Johnny Got His Gun

"The most shattering experience you'll ever live."

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Details: 111 mins · English · PG (USA)


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Small Joe Bonham
No_movie_poster Kareen
Small Joe's Mother
Small Joe's Father
Small Christ
Small Mike Burkeman
No_movie_poster Lucky
Small Jody Simmons (as Donald Barry)
No_movie_poster Ancient Prelate
No_movie_poster Hospital Offical
Small Corporal Timlon
Small Col. / Gen. Tillery
No_movie_poster Little Guy
No_movie_poster Bakery Girl
Small Orator (as Robert Cole)


Small Dalton Trumbo Director
Small Dalton Trumbo Writer


"The most shattering experience you'll ever live."


Joe Bonham (Bottoms), a young American soldier hit by an artillery shell during World War I, lies in a hospital bed. He is a quadruple amputee who has also lost his eyes, ears, mouth and nose. He remains conscious and able to reason, but his wounds render him a prisoner in his own body. As he drifts between reality and fantasy, he remembers his old life with his family and girlfriend (Kathy Fields). He also forms a bond, of sorts, with a young nurse (Diane Varsi) who senses his plight.

At the end of the film, Joe tries to communicate to his doctors, via Morse code, and wishes for the Army to either put him in a glass coffin in a freak show as a demonstration of the horrors of war, or kill him. In the end, however, he realizes that the Army will grant neither wish, and will leave him in a state of living death.

In the film's climax, his nurse attempts to euthanize him by clamping his breathing tube, but her supervisor stops her before Joe can succumb. This does not occur in the novel. The film ends with Joe weakly chanting "S.O.S. Help me."

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1971-08-04 : United States of America