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Johnny Got His Gun

Released on 07 June 2004

Featuring: Timothy Bottoms, Donald Sutherland & Jason Robards

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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A young American soldier, tragically injured by a landmine on the last day of the Great War in 1918, lies in a hospital bed. A quadruple amputee without the use of his eyes, ears or mouth yet remaining conscious and still able to reason, he tries to communicate to his doctors his wish that he be put on show as a demonstration of the full horrors of war...

Starring Donald Sutherland and Timothy Bottoms, 'Johnny Got His Gun' was winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1971.
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 Communist, anti-war madness...

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During the Communist witch-hunts from 1950-54, Senator Joe McCarthy was responsible for blacklisting many American citizens for alleged Communist ties. Basically anybody who spoke out against America, the war etc. was considered a traitor. One such man was Dalton Trumbo, and 'Johnny Got His Gun' is fine example of why he landed in hot water. When a young man, Joe, is sent off to fight in World War I, he falls foul of a landmine and comes home without his arms, legs, face, hearing, sight and ability to talk, literally a shell of a human being lying in a hospital bed. However, his mind still works. At first Joe thinks he's stuck in a dream, but when he realises none of it is a dream, that's the when the nightmare really begins. The premise of a man trapped in his own head, never experiencing the world around him, seems difficult to make into an entire movie (almost two hours). But writer turned director, Trumbo, brings it to the screen with so much passion and dedication, coupled with a terrific performance by Timothy Bottoms as Joe, that it's hard to be anything but gripped and moved by Joe's plight. 'Johnny Got His Gun' wasn't a big success upon its release (despite sharing the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes with Milos Foreman's 'Taking Off' and Trumbo winning the Writers Guild Award), the film gained more notoriety when the band Metallica used it in their first ever music video for the song 'One' (the song itself is based on the film). 'Johnny Got His Gun' is an amazing achievement and a very powerful indictment on the effects of war.

 A dream like masterpiece

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For lovers of art, 'Johnny Got His Gun' will not dissapoint you. Timothy Bottoms stars as a young American man left limbless and 'at deaths' door' after being blown up in the first world war.
The film is nightmarish at times and Bottoms is magnificent. Jason Robards also stars as his father and Donald Sutherland appears as Jesus Christ in a dream sequence.
The film is a terriffic statement against war and promotes peace.

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ActorsTimothy Bottoms, Donald Sutherland, Jason Robards & Kathy Fields
DirectorDalton Trumbo
Certificate12 years and over
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (2.0)
Duration1 hour and 55 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.