Dalton Trumbo's story of a young WWI veteran (Bottoms) who meets a bomb with his name on it and is rendered armless, legless, and more or less faceless, as well as deaf, dumb, and blind. Regarded as a vegetable and stuck in a lightless hospital utility room, he dreams and fantasizes about life before and after the bomb, and tries vainly to communicate with the staff. Wrenching and bleak anti-war diatribe made at the climax of the Vietnam War.
Available on VHS
Running time 111 minutes.
Cannes 1971: Grand Jury Prize.
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