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

your own pulse, you're deaf.

You're deaf, Joe.


Maybe not.

Maybe I'm just dreaming.

Maybe-- oh, Jesus

Christ, I hurt!

I can feel the sweat

pouring out of my skin.

Hot, wet skin that's

all covered up with--

with bandages.

Even my head.

I sure must've

caught a big one.


Telephones in the middle

of the night

are bad luck.

Don't let anybody

answer it, Father.

What's this? Footsteps.

I can feel

their vibrations.

What are they doing?

Any evidence of


while aspirating?

None thus far.

They're looking

at something.

Trachea tube clear.

A hand on my chest.

He's breathing well.

No more oxygen unless

an emergency develops.

I don't understand that.

Can you lift for

intravenous feeling?


My face.

Is something wrong

with my face?

Skin grafts will

be necessary here.

Colostomy good.

Cystotomy functioning?


Very good.

What next?

Is the ambulance

ready? Yes, sir.

Very well.

Bring him along.

Where are you

taking him, sir?

Occupation forces

base hospital

number 3 at

Jeanville St. Clears.

All right.

Let's move it.

David's Perfection Bakery.

Rudy McKenna speaking.

It's Rudy.

Telephone, Joe.

Okay, coming.


Yes, Mother.

I'll be right home.

Thank you.

I'll let you know

when everything's

finished, okay? Okay, Joe.

I'll be back to work

in a couple days.

That's all right.

Rest up. Good night.

I'm sorry, Father.

I'm sorry I lost

your fishing pole, too.

I loved you.

Well, the bandages

are off my arm.

It itches.

I wish they'd

scratch it.

What happens now?

Yes, we can remove

the sutures.

Let's disinfect.

I wish they'd get

this stuff off my face

so I could see

what they're doing.

Sorry, sir.



They're pinching me.

No, it's more like a--

a little stab of heat.

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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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