‘Johnny Got His Gun’

(Above: Ben McKenzie in ‘Johnny Got His Gun’)

A decade after a limited theatrical run, 2008’s Johnny Got His Gun is available to the general public for the first time starting today

The anti-war drama is a filmed version of a 1982 off-Broadway play, for which Jeff Daniels won an Obie Award. The movie, though, stars Ben McKenzie of The O.C., Southland and, most recently, Gotham, where he plays Detective Gordon.

McKenzie’s Johnny Got His Gun is a one-person monologue in which he portrays the agony of a World War I veteran who has lost all four limbs, his eyes, ears, nose, and mouth:

The 1982 play was based on Dalton Trumbo’s 1939 novel, which also spawned a 1971 movie. The latter, starring Timothy Bottoms, was written and directed by Trumbo himself.

Here’s the complete Johnny Got His Gun, 1971 version:

Until today, the 2008 version of Johnny Got His Gun had only been available on a DVD distributed to high schools. Now you can stream it from $3.99 at Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft, Vudu and YouTube.

For more info on the McKenzie film, visit johnnygothisgunthemovie.com.

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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