icon Film Profile: Born on the Fourth of July - (1989)
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6.5/10 Stars
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3.5/10 Stars
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"A story of innocence lost and courage found."


  • Director: Oliver Stone
  • Genre: Drama, War
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Subtitled | Widescreen | Duration: 150 Mins

Director Oliver Stone continued his Vietnam trilogy with this biographical drama, a masterpiece of film-making that occupies a much broader canvas than its predecessor, Platoon. It stars Tom Cruise as Ron Kovic, the all-American boy who enlists in the marines because he loves his country. The Stars and Stripes flies proudly in his home town. Then he is hideously wounded, endures the rat-infested hell of a veterans' hospital and comes home to find the Stars and Stripes being burned in the streets. He drops out and goes to Mexico, then returns to America to conduct an anti-war campaign from his wheelchair. The story is based on the autobiography of Kovic and Stone himself did two tours of duty in Vietnam, and the movie fairly reeks of their experience and regret. Stone had won the best director Oscar for Platoon and he received the statuette again for his powerful work here. Sadly, Cruise had to settle for a nomination, but his transformation from golden boy to ravaged and embittered paraplegic is utterly convincing.
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Cast List:
Ron Kovic : Tom Cruise
Donna : Kyra Sedgwick
Mr Kovic : Raymond J Barry
Mrs Kovic : Caroline Kava
Charlie : Willem Dafoe
Tommy Kovic : Josh Evans
Jimmy Kovic : Jamie Talisman
Recruiting sergeant : Tom Berenger
Marine major : John Getz
Billy Vorsovich : Stephen Baldwin
News reporter : Oliver Stone
Folk singer : Edie Brickell

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