- Actors: Don 'Red' Barry, Timothy Bottoms, Judy Howard Chaikin, Maurice Dallimore, Kathy Fields
- Format: NTSC
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Anchor Bay
- VHS Release Date: June 3, 1991
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6300987787
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,904 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Johnny Got His Gun [VHS]
Top Customer Reviews
I was hesitant to watch this film at first because I thought it would be dull to watch a two-hour movie concerning a horribly maimed young man lying in bed. However, due to his unique condition of being connected to this world only through his sense of touch, I found it fascinating how he first struggles to distinguish his dreams from his reality, and after that tries puts his energy toward discerning the passage of time.
The movie includes a number of dream sequences, which to a man deprived of sight, sound, smell and taste, must certainly at least rival anything that happens during his waking hours in importance. The numerous dream sequences serve to explain his past and shed light on his values. Some of them are quite surreal, some are unhappy while some are fairly humorous.
The ending is grim and the man's predicament is left unresolved, which leaves the viewer to fill in some of the blanks, but this invites the viewer to give the movie some thought after seeing it, and I by no means felt that the movie was left so open-ended that I felt like I had been shortchanged.
I strongly recommend this brilliant film even to those people who generally avoid war movies.
I was immediately blown away by the intense imagery of the narrative's storyline. Joe Bonham, an 18-year old soldier, is hit by a bombshell on the last day of WWI, and awakes in a hospital bed horribly deformed. Unable to speak, see, hear, or smell, he gradually learns that his arms and legs have been amputated. As the horror of his situation unfolds in a stream-of-consciousness first person narrative, he slowly realizes that the bomb shell that hit him scooped out his face, leaving a gaping hole where his eyes, ears, nose and mouth used to be. The army doctors automatically assume he is a thoughtless vegetable, and in an experimental effort to see if they can keep someone in his condition alive, he spends the next several years in a hospital bed, well cared-for but practically forgotten. Joe is constantly thinking but unable to communicate.Read more ›
In 1989, the rock group Metallica released a 7 minute video called TWO OF ONE, and it did use clips from this film. This helped to generate more interest in the movie. The cinematography was above average, done by Jules Brenner, nicely blending B&W, sepia, and full color scenes.
We are introduced in the opening scene to a group of doctors discussing a decerebrated patient, a grievously wounded soldier, assumed to be brain dead; incapable of sentience or dreams; just an armless, legless, faceless, totally deaf living chunk of meat with a beating heart and an active colon. But we soon hear the soldier's voice, and realize he is aware of his environment.
Timothy Bottoms, in his film debut, played the young soldier, Joe Bonham. He did an exceptional job with the voice over work, and we get to see him in the flesh in flashbacks; even the moment he crouched in the trenches, readying himself for his rendezvous with the howitzer shell that had his name on it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting movie, I also read the book, I would recommend both.Published 2 months ago by Cherlynne Ward
Oh dear lord that was bad...I could only take about 30 minutes of it.Published 2 months ago by LA Red Devil
Fantastic if very depressing movie. As a nurse, watching a person unable to communicate their most basic needs is very real even today!Published 3 months ago by Freddie
I am a Metallica fan and I remember clips of this movie in their music video One which I thought helped explain that song.I just bought the DVD and was blew away. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer