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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

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Josh Evans ...
Jamie Talisman ...
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Samantha Larkin ...
Patty Kovic
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Recruiting Gunnery Sgt. Hayes
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Richard Panebianco ...
Rob Camilletti ...
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Michael McTighe ...
Danny Fantozzi
Richard Haus ...
Recruiting Sgt. Bowers
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The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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A story of innocence lost and courage found.

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Biography | Drama | War

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Release Date:

5 January 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nacido el cuatro de julio  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$172,021, 25 December 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$70,001,698

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$161,001,698
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2.39 : 1
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Oliver Stone was presented his Best Director Oscar for this film by his former film school teacher Martin Scorsese. See more »

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When Ron is taking the train to Upstate NY a Mass Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) commuter train is used. See more »

Quotes

Ron Kovic: When I was in the hospital, I thought, yeah - yeah, this makes sense.
Timmy Burns: What makes sense?
Ron Kovic: Because I failed, Timmy.
Timmy Burns: What are you talking about?
Ron Kovic: Because I - I killed some - people; I made some terrible - mistakes!
Timmy Burns: Oh, for Christ's sake, Ronnie, we all made mistakes. I mean, you - you had no choice. That's something that those goddamn pansy demonstrators ain't never gonna understand! Now, you don't even have to talk about it, Ronnie; I mean, it was insane over there! It was crazy!
Ron Kovic: Sometimes I wish, ...
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Follows Platoon (1986) See more »

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Cielito Lindo
Written by Quirino Mendoza, Arranged by Trini López (as Trini Lopez)
Performed by Trini López (as Trini Lopez)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Published by Polygram International Publishing, Inc.
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Not your average Vietnam film
29 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Born on the Fourth of July" had a certain impact of me. I first watched it at the cinema when I was 13. I didn't understand much about politics or war at the time. But it certainly struck some chord within myself. And then I watched that film a couple of times more in my "adult" life and, to me, it's one of Oliver Stone's very best. As well as Tom Cruise's induction into serious Hollywood stardom, forget "Cocktail" and "Top Gun". The way patriotism is depicted, it's veil of ignorance, god-family-and-the-flag...the way Vietnam 'vets' were betrayed, used...cannon-fodder for US politicians is fantastic. The beauty is that "Born on the Fourth of July" is not agonisingly political or in any way patronising.


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