Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun (2008)

Genres - War  |   Sub-Genres - Anti-War Film, Filmed Play, Message Movie  |   Release Date - Oct 24, 2008 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jason Buchanan

Dalton Trumbo's haunting anti-war drama comes to the screen for the second time in this filmed version of the stage play starring Ben McKenzie. On the last day of World War I, American soldier Joe Bonham is hit by an artillery shell and instantly rendered a quadruple amputee. Later, as Joe regains consciousness in his hospital bed, he realizes to his horror that he has also lost his senses of sight, smell, sound, and speech. Though Joe's capacity for reasoning is in tack and his brain is still fully functional, it's locked in a broken shell of a body, leaving him hopelessly trapped in his own imagination. His only means of communicating with the outside world is to tap his head in Morse code, but do the doctors even realize what he's trying to say? Eventually, his desperate message gets through: Joe wants to be put on display as a living example of the devastating cost of war.

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amputation, anti-war, battle-fatigue, doctor/nurse, handicap, mental-illness, soldier