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Johnny Got His Gun

Screenwriter/novelist Dalton Trumbo wrote his pacifist novel "Johnny Got His Gun" in 1939, and after being blacklisted in the 1950s (he was one of the "Hollywood Ten") got his chance to direct it in 1971 after his original choice of Luis Bunuel passed. Timothy Bottoms stars as a WWI soldier who is left limbless, faceless, deaf, dumb and blind, confined to a semi-existence in a hospital back room, who communicates through morse code, by banging his head against a pillow, begging for someone to kill him. Trumbo tells the seemingly unfilmable story through a sustained interior monologue and a series of flashbacks and fantasy sequences, including a turn by Donald Sutherland as Christ. Metallica fans will recognise this as the film which featured prominently in the band's 1989 music video of "One". Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. With Jason Robards, Marsha Hunt, Kathy Fields.

Year: 1971
Genre: War and Anti-War Films, Cult Films / After Dark
Country: USA
Director: Dalton Trumbo
Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Kathy Fields, Marsha Hunt, Jason Robards, Donald Sutherland, Diane Varsi
Duration: 106 Minutes
Rating: R16
7.9/10
Location in store: War

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