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Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun

(DVD - 2009)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun
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After a shell leaves his body mangled on the final day of World War I, young Joe Bonham lies trapped in a hospital bed. He is a fully conscious quadruple amputee who cannot speak, hear or see. He is left to wander within his own mind and goes between his harsh reality and memories of a happier life long gone. Delve into the mind of a man lost somewhere on the edges of sanity and insanity, life and death.
Title: Dalton Trumbo's Johnny got his gun
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA :, Shout! Factory,, [2009]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 106 min.) :,sound, color and black and white ;,4 3/4 in.
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Based on the novel by Dalton Trumbo.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1971.
Special features: "Dalton Trumbo: rebel in Hollywood" documentary (2006); new interview with Timothy Bottoms; music video "One" by Metallica; rare behind-the-scenes footage with commentary by Timothy Bottoms and director of photography Jules Brenner; 1940 radio adapation of Johnny got his gun starring James Cagney; "Johnny got his gun" article from American Cinematographer (1971); original theatrical trailer.
Summary: After a shell leaves his body mangled on the final day of World War I, young Joe Bonham lies trapped in a hospital bed. He is a fully conscious quadruple amputee who cannot speak, hear or see. He is left to wander within his own mind and goes between his harsh reality and memories of a happier life long gone. Delve into the mind of a man lost somewhere on the edges of sanity and insanity, life and death.
Audience: MPAA rating PG mild language, crude humor and some thematic elements.
Local Note: PER : 2009-04-28
18 109 118 148 152 156 193 242 243 276
Alternate Title: Johnny got his gun
ISBN: 9781603992602
160399260X
Statement of Responsibility: World Entertainers, Ltd. ; novel and screenplay, Dalton Trumbo ; producer, Bruce Campbell ; director, Dalton Trumbo
Credits: Director of photography, Jules Brenner ; composer and conductor, Jerry Fielding ; editor, Millie Moore ; supervising editor, William P. Dornisch.
Performers: Timothy Bottoms, Jason Robards, Kathy Fields, Donald Sutherland, Marsha Hunt, Diane Varsi.
System Details: DVD, NTSC; 16.9 widescreen; monaural.
Other Language: Closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Amputees Psychology Drama. Arm Amputation Drama. Leg Amputation Drama. Soldiers Wounds and injuries United States Drama. World War, 1914-1918 Hospitals Drama. World War, 1914-1918 Personal narratives, American Drama.
Genre/Form: Fiction films.
War films.
Film adaptations.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Amputees
Arm
Leg
Soldiers
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1914-1918
Publisher No: SF11312
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Mar 06, 2010
  • maven rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not quite as good as the book it was based on. Some parts were well-done, but a lot of it had a very 70s feel that I don't think stood up to now. It's a story that's difficult to translate to film though, so I can appreciate the attempt.

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