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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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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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5 January 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nacido el cuatro de julio  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$172,021 (USA) (25 December 1989)

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$70,001,698 (USA)
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Ron Kovic makes a brief cameo appearance as the disabled veteran in the parade at the beginning of the film, who is seen flinching at the sound of the fire crackers. See more »

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When the recruiter visits Ronnie's school, he incorrectly refers to Marine boot camp as "13 weeks of hell," when Marine boot camp was only 8 weeks during the timeframe of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Ron Kovic: We went to Vietnam to stop communism!... We shell women and children!
Mrs. Kovic: You didn't shoot women and children! What are you saying?
Ron Kovic: That was the war, communism, the incidious evil! They told us to go.
Mrs. Kovic: Yes, yes that's what they told us.
Ron Kovic: Thou shalt not kill, Mom. Thou shalt not kill women and children! Thou shalt not kill! Remember? Isn't that what you taught us? Isn't that what they taught us?
Mrs. Kovic: Stop it! Stop it!
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Soldier Boy
Written by Luther Dixon and Florence Green
Performed by The Shirelles
Courtesy of Original Sound Record Co., Inc.
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc. Ludix Publishing Co., Inc.
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The Oliver Stone and Tom Cruise Show
26 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Born on the Fourth of July" is a film based on the real-life experiences of Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise in an Oscar-nominated role). As a young man he feels that Vietnam is just another battleground for the United States. Even after he returns home paralyzed from the waist down, he still feels that Vietnam is important and that if you do not support the fighting then you should leave America. However, he has a change of heart and becomes an anti-war activist who realizes that one gets nothing out of combat but heartache and sorrow. Oliver Stone's screenplay is pretty strong, but it is his unrelenting direction that makes the material work throughout. Tom Cruise established himself as a high-class actor and the film stays above water because of that fact. The lack of character support does impede the progress of the film though. Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, and Kyra Sedgwick make somewhat token appearances and the impact of their screen-time is all minimal. Cruise's character dominates the film. This is both the film's strong point and weak point. All in all a strong film, but could have been so much more. 4 out of 5 stars.


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