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. –IMDb
Dalton Trumbo (December 9, 1905 – September 10, 1976) was an American screenwriter and novelist, and one of the Hollywood Ten, a group of film professionals who testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee’s investigation of Communist influences in the motion picture industry.
Trumbo was born in Montrose, Colorado, and graduated from Grand Junction High School. While still in high school, he worked as a cub reporter for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, covering courts, the high school, the mortuary and civic organizations. He attended the University of Colorado for two years (the central fountain at the University was named the Dalton Trumbo Free Speech Fountain in his honor in the mid-1990s), working as a reporter for the Boulder Daily Camera and contributing to the campus humor magazine, the yearbook and the campus newspaper. He got his start working for Vogue magazine. His first published novel, Eclipse, was about a town… read more
I'm happy that I decided to watch this film. As someone else said, parts seemed a little dragged out. However, I think you'll either love it or hate it. I found it to be powerful and saddening. ithink it was meant to be an eye-opener for the consequences of war. I could feel John's frustration while trying to cope in his situation; but also imagining myself in his position would be enough to sink me into depression
Truly an anti war film, i did feel that it was a bit disturbing mainly because of Joe is trying to reach out to people but since he has no voice no one can hear him. I did feel the movie dragged a bit but I did enjoy it. I felt that the last half hour was pretty effective and powerful. Jason Robards and Donald Sutherland are both excellent and are main reasons to see this film.
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