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Born on the Fourth of July

2h 25m
Drama, War
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Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, Ron Kovic becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
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Born on the Fourth of July

2h 25m
Drama, War
Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, Ron Kovic becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
Born on the Fourth of July (1989) on IMDb

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Tom Cruise
Ron Kovic
Caroline Kava
Mrs. Kovic
Tom Berenger
Recruiting Gunnery Sgt. Hayes
Rob Camilletti
Tommy Finnelli
Stephen Baldwin
Billy Vorsovich
Lili Taylor
Jamie Wilson
Jerry Levine
Steve Boyer
Josh Evans
Tommy Kovic
Tony Frank
Mr. Wilson
Jayne Haynes
Mrs. Wilson
Anne Bobby
Suzanne Kovic
Tom Sizemore
Vet - Villa Dulce
Michael Wincott
Vet - Villa Dulce
Mike Starr
Man #1 - Arthur's Bar
Ed Lauter
Legion Commander
Directed By: Oliver Stone
Written By: Oliver Stone (Screenplay), Ron Kovic (Screenplay)

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OffbeatParadox says...
9 months ago
**A great film that reminds you that Tom Cruise can play a role other than himself.**
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guillem7 says...
3 years ago
A beautiful film about war, about the consequences it leaves on a pearson who has got into it, pushed by an unconscious maternal pressure that the one who is worthwhile is the one who does something in life that is worthwhile and if you are nobody, by faith, and by the ideas they sell of patriotism and fighting against the enemy and for the country, and, once back, the internal contradiction of what you firmly believed in, for what you have fought and what you have been willing to give your life for, it may not be true, you stop believing in it, the confrontation with that situation and not knowing what to believe in, being aimless, the inner contradiction is also shown externally, in that, those who at first idolized him, then treated him like scum, very good film about uncertainty and about war and what this means.
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jarvis-8243417 says...
3 years ago
Director Oliver Stone continues his exploration of Vietnam in the biopic Born on the Fourth of July. Based on an autobiography, the film follows Ron Kovic who enlisted in the Marines to fight in Vietnam, but is paralyzed during a firefight and comes home to an America that he doesn’t understand. Starring Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, and Stephen Baldwin, the cast is quite formidable. However, while Cruise delivers an impressive performance, the script fails him and has trouble capturing the transformation of Kovic from a jingoistic veteran to a leader in the anti-Vietnam War movement. Born on the Fourth of July has some compelling and dramatic character moments, but it doesn’t quite come together as a cohesive story.
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MeltedWax says...
4 years ago
Comment contains spoilers
While I do like the movie, if I’m being honest, it does lose steam. It starts off really good all of the way through Ron’s childhood, the war sequence and hospital rehab. Once Ron gets home, this is where Ron’s story is supposed to really begin. I feel it goes the other way though.
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5/10  3 years ago
The second of Oliver Stone's three films on the subject of Vietnam, this one stars Tom Cruise as Ron Kovic, a wounded war vet who comes home to discover the grateful reception he expected isn't waiting for him.

Though the film is closely based on a true story, it also functions as a rathe More
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