Cinema: Basket Case

"I believe in message pictures," Daiton Trumbo said recently, and Johnny Got His Gun, his first film as a di rector, comes heavily stamped and post marked "Urgent." As one of Holly wood's most prominent scenarists (Exodus, Hawaii), Trumbo has always had a tendency to bear down so heavily that he often blunts the points he is la boring so hard to drive home. He does so again in Johnny, which he adapted from his own 1939 antiwar novel.

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