Johnny Got His Gun

Synopsis: Joe, a young American soldier, is hit by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in a hospital bed in a fate worse than death - a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms, legs, eyes, ears, mouth and nose. He remains conscious and able to think, thereby reliving his life through strange dreams and memories, unable to distinguish whether he is awake or dreaming. He remains frustrated by his situation, until one day when Joe discovers a unique way to communicate with his caregivers.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Dalton Trumbo
Production: Cinemation
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations.
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111 min

It was my mother's.

Why don't you

take your shoes off?




Could you turn your back?


I have to get out of bed.

No. I want to see you.

I won't let you see me.

Would you get me my robe?


It's on the closet

door. It's red.


Why'd you do that?

Hot night.

Here it is.

Bring it

closer, silly. Uh-uh. Reach for it.

All right, here.

I'll help you.


Let's get it

through here.

There. There you go.

I'll get it right.

Here, let me show you.

Now we got it. There.



We should have flowers.

Hm? Sure.

If you really

want to see me--

Oh, if you don't

want me to,

I don't want to, either.

Well, fair is fair.


It's nice like this,

isn't it?


Have you ever been this

way with anyone else?

Not with anyone I loved.

I'm glad.

Have you?

You shouldn't

ask that.

Why not?

Because I'm a lady.

You're a mick.

No, I've never

been this way

with anyone

else before.

I know.

But you couldn't have known.

Not really.

Joe, I don't

want you to go.

I want you

to run away.

You don't want me

to see Paris, France,

that's all.

Don't go, Joe.

Please don't go.

Run away.

Where to? Shipyards?


I'll hide you,

honest I will.

Want me to be

a slacker, huh?


Oh, they'll kill you,

Joe. I know they will.

In the words of

that great patriot

Theodore Roosevelt--

I love you, Joe.

Hold me closer.

Put both your arms

around me.

Both of them.

Let us pray.

Our Father--

I can't pray like that.

All I can say is

dear God,

don't make him go away.

Don't let him be killed.

I won't be.

All aboard!

All aboard!

Why don't they turn the lights on?

It's dark in here.

It's dark and still,

and I can feel the blood

pumping through my veins.

But I can't hear

the pulse in my ears.

If you can't hear

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Dalton Trumbo

James Dalton Trumbo (December 9, 1905 – September 10, 1976) was an American screenwriter and novelist who scripted many award-winning films including Roman Holiday, Exodus, Spartacus, and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. One of the Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee's investigation of communist influences in the motion picture industry. He, along with the other members of the Hollywood Ten and hundreds of other industry professionals, was subsequently blacklisted by that industry. His talents as one of the top screenwriters allowed him to continue working clandestinely, producing work under other authors' names or pseudonyms. His uncredited work won two Academy Awards: for Roman Holiday (1953), which was given to a front writer, and for The Brave One (1956) which was awarded to a pseudonym of Trumbo's. When he was given public screen credit for both Exodus and Spartacus in 1960, this marked the beginning of the end of the Hollywood Blacklist for Trumbo and other screenwriters. He finally was given full credit by the Writers' Guild for all his achievements, the work of which encompassed six decades of screenwriting. more…

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