Johnny Got His Gun
Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

The author of the famous late 1930's antiwar book Johnny Got His Gun wrote and directed this film adaptation. It concerns a nameless young soldier (Timothy Bottoms) in a veteran's hospital in the World War I period. The young man… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 4, 1971
DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

The film is often sentimental, sometimes brilliant as well as horrifying, and it is intriguing to speculate on what Buñuel, whom Trumbo originally wanted to direct, would have made of it.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Problems aside, there's a cumulative power to the material and an idea that's impossible to ignore.

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Dan Lybarger

Sadly, time has not made this story any less relevant or potent.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

Although Mr. Trumbo is primarily a screenwriter, screenwriting is only the worst of the film's several failures.

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Fernando F. Croce

[Trumbo's] filmmaking is frugal -- jump-cuts state the passage of time, a languid fade to yellow signifies solar warmth.

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Emanuel Levy

Dalton Trumbo (member of the Hollywood Ten) sole directing effort is one of the most hauntingly powerful anti-war film made, an experimental work that's effective as realistic portrait of war's damages as well as metaphoric, quasi-religious journey.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Instead of belaboring ironic points about the "war to end war," Trumbo remains stubbornly on the human level.

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TV Guide

Trumbo, directing his first film, drives home his points in a somewhat obvious, often awkward fashion that is overly talky, but so disquieting is his story and the reality underlying it that it is difficult not to be moved by the film.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

strong historical and literate adaptation of a truly remarkable anti-war classic

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
I agree with Greg's (366weirdmovies) review. What cold otherwise have been a masterpiece ends up as an interesting watch due to not-so-great execution. But… More
Greg S
An enemy shell blasts a WWI doughboy, leaving him armless, legless, blind and deaf; the army keeps him alive, and he slips in and out of memories, dreams and… More
Tim Sigur
This is one of my favorite books of all time, so to see the film version I knew I would be somewhat disappointed. I think I liked seeing the story in my head a… More
Randy Tippy
Not your average "guns & glory" war film. In fact, this is a script that could have easily been adapted for <i>The Twilight Zone</i>… More
Devon Bott
Dalton Trumbo was one of the top screen-writers in hollywood until being blacklisted in the communist witch hunts of the late 40s. He won an academy award,… More
Pierluigi Puccini
One of the most oppressive, disturbing and truthful declarations against the barbarity and futility of war.