Johnny Got His Gun


Better known as a scribbler on the likes of Spartacus and Roman Holiday, Dalton Trumbo directed one movie, a fierce anti-war tirade released in 1971.

Long a cult favourite, Johnny came to mainstream attention when clips were featured in Metallica's `One' video. But you can't help suspecting that headbangers who invest their cash in the full-length feature are going to be disappointed.

Starring Timothy Bottoms as a World War One soldier left bereft of limbs and face, this is a largely monochrome drama-cum-horror so downbeat it makes Platoon look like a wacky comedy. It's also rather preachy, which maybe isn't surprising considering Trumbo was one of the blacklisted "Hollywood 10".

Any light relief comes during the surprisingly tender flashback scenes, where Joe the infantry grunt spends dream-like quality time with his father (Jason Robards) and Christ (Donald Sutherland). A fascinating curio.

Film Details

  • 12
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: April 13th 2010
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