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Born on the Fourth of July -- 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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Release Date:
5 January 1990 (USA) See more »
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A story of innocence lost and courage found.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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A Patriot's Fall From Grace See more (169 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Cruise ... Ron Kovic

Raymond J. Barry ... Mr. Kovic

Caroline Kava ... Mrs. Kovic
Josh Evans ... Tommy Kovic
Jamie Talisman ... Jimmy Kovic
Anne Bobby ... Suzanne Kovic
Samantha Larkin ... Patty Kovic

Tom Berenger ... Recruiting Gunnery Sgt. Hayes

Frank Whaley ... Timmy

Jerry Levine ... Steve Boyer
Richard Panebianco ... Joey Walsh
Rob Camilletti ... Tommy Finnelli

Stephen Baldwin ... Billy Vorsovich
Michael McTighe ... Danny Fantozzi
Richard Haus ... Recruiting Sgt. Bowers
Kevin Harvey Morse ... Jackie Kovic

Kyra Sedgwick ... Donna, Ron's Girlfriend
Karen Newman ... Hooker - Villa Dulce

Tom Sizemore ... Vet - Villa Dulce

Michael Wincott ... Vet - Villa Dulce

Mike Starr ... Man #1 - Arthur's Bar

Ed Lauter ... Legion Commander

Daniel Baldwin ... Vet #1 - Democratic Convention

Brian Tarantina ... Vet #2 - Miami Convention
Liz Moore ... Fat Lady at Parade

Dale Dye ... Infantry Colonel
Norma Moore ... Massapequa Mom

Stacey Moseley ... Young Donna's Friend
Mel Allen ... Himself (voice)
Richard Grusin ... Coach
Harold Woloschin ... Umpire
Ryan Beadle ... Ballplayer
Sean McGraw ... Young Donna's Father
Bryan Larkin ... Young Ron Kovic

Oliver Stone ... News Reporter
Seth Allen ... Young Tommy Kovic

Sean Stone ... Young Jimmy Kovic

Jenna von Oÿ ... Young Suzanne Kovic
Mike Miller ... Neighbor
Ellen Pasternack ... Neighbor
Joy Zapata ... Neighbor
Bob Tillotson ... Truck Driver

John Getz ... Marine Major - Vietnam

David Warshofsky ... Lieutenant - Vietnam

Jason Gedrick ... Martinez - Vietnam
Michael Compotaro ... PFC Wilson, Marine Shot by Kovic
Paul Abbott ... Platoon - Vietnam

Bill Allen ... Platoon - Vietnam

William Baldwin ... Platoon - Vietnam
Claude Brooks ... Platoon - Vietnam
Michael Smith Guess ... Platoon - Vietnam

James Le Gros ... Platoon - Vietnam (as James LeGros)

William Mapother ... Platoon - Vietnam (as William R. Mapother)
Christopher W. Mills ... Platoon - Vietnam

Byron Minns ... Platoon - Vietnam

Ben Wright ... Platoon - Vietnam

Markus Flanagan ... Doctor - Vietnam

R.D. Call ... Chaplain - Vietnam
John Falch ... Corpsman - Vietnam
Dan Furnad ... Corpsman - Vietnam
Fred Geise ... Corpsman - Vietnam
Greg Hackbarth ... Corpsman - Vietnam
Don Wilson ... Corpsman - Vietnam
Corkey Ford ... Marvin - VA Hospital

Rocky Carroll ... Willie - VA Hospital
Sami Chester ... Aide #2 - VA Hospital
Chris Pedersen ... Aide #3 - VA Hospital
Chris Walker ... Aide #4 - VA Hospital
Willie Minor ... Eddie - VA Hospital

David Herman ... Patient - VA Hospital

Bruce MacVittie ... Patient - VA Hospital

Damien Leake ... Patient - VA Hospital
David Neidorf ... Patient - VA Hospital

Paul Sanchez ... Patient - VA Hospital
Richard Lubin ... Patient - VA Hospital
Norm Wilson ... Patient - VA Hospital

Peter Benson ... Patient - VA Hospital
Sergio Scognamiglio ... Patient - VA Hospital
Billie Neal ... Nurse Washington - VA Hospital

Richard Poe ... Frankie - VA Hospital

Bob Gunton ... Doctor #1 - VA Hospital

Vivica A. Fox ... Hooker - VA Hospital (as Vivica Fox)

Mark Moses ... Optimistic Doctor - VA Hospital
Abbie Hoffman ... Strike Organizer - Syracuse, NY

Jake Weber ... Donna's Boyfriend - Syracuse, NY

Reg E. Cathey ... Speaker - Syracuse, NY
Edie Brickell ... Folk Singer - Syracuse, NY
Keri Roebuck ... Woman - Syracuse, NY
Geoff Garza ... Young Radical - Syracuse, NY
Joseph P. Reidy ... Student Organizer - Syracuse, NY (as Joseph Reidy)
Erika Geminder ... Young Patty
Amanda Davis ... Baby Patty
Beau Starr ... Man #2 - Arthur's Bar
Rick Masters ... Man #3 - Arthur's Bar
John Del Regno ... Friend #1 - Arthur's Bar
Gale Mayron ... Friend #2 - Arthur's Bar
Lisa Barnes ... Friend #3 - Arthur's Bar

Melinda Renna ... Barmaid - Arthur's Bar (as Melinda Ramos Renna)
Jason Klein ... Young Timmy

Willem Dafoe ... Charlie - Villa Dulce
Jessica Prunell ... Young Donna
Lane R. Davis ... Young Steve

Andrew Lauer ... Vet - Villa Dulce
Johnny Pinto ... Young Joey (as John Pinto)
Ivan Kane ... Vet - Villa Dulce
Ed Jupp Jr. ... Vet - Villa Dulce
Michael Sulsona ... Vet - Villa Dulce
Cordelia González ... María Elena, Hooker - Villa Dulce (as Cordelia Gonzalez)

J.R. Nutt ... Young Tommy

Begonya Plaza ... Charlie's Hooker - Villa Dulce (as Begonia Plaza)
Edith Diaz ... Madame - Villa Dulce

Anthony Pena ... Bartender - Villa Dulce
Eduardo Ricaro ... Cab Driver - Villa Dulce
Tony Frank ... Mr. Wilson - Georgia
Jayne Haynes ... Mrs. Wilson - Georgia

Lili Taylor ... Jamie Wilson - Georgia
Elbert Lewis ... Cab Driver - Georgia
Peter Crombie ... Undercover Vet - Miami Convention
Kevin G. McGuire ... Paraplegic #1 - Miami Convention (as Kevin McGuire)
Ken Osborne ... Paraplegic #2 - Miami Convention

Alan Toy ... Paraplegic #3 - Miami Convention
Chuck Pfeiffer ... Secret Service Agent - Miami Convention
Frank Girardeau ... Agent #1 - Miami Convention
William Wallace ... Agent #2 - Miami Convention
Chip Moody ... TV Anchor - Miami Convention

Eagle Eye Cherry ... Vet #1 - Miami Convention
Philip Amelio ... Young Billy
Frank Cavestani ... Vet #3 - Miami Convention
Jimmy L. Parker ... Vet #4 - Miami Convention
William G. Knight ... Chief Cop - Miami Convention (as William Knight)
David Carriere ... Hippie - Miami Convention
John William Galt ... Fat Republican - Miami Convention (as John Galt)

Jack McGee ... Democratic Delegate - Democratic Convention
Kristel Otney ... Woman #1 - Democratic Convention
Pamela S. Neill ... Woman #2 - Democratic Convention

Jodi Long ... Reporter #1 - Democratic Conventon

Michelle Hurst ... Reporter #2 - Democratic Convention
Cody Beard ... Young Danny

John C. McGinley ... Official #1 - Democratic Convention, Pushing Wheelchair (as John McGinley)

Wayne Knight ... Official #2 - Democratic Convention

Elizabeth Hoffman ... Passerby #1 - Democratic Convention

Lucinda Jenney ... Passerby #2 - Democratic Convention
Lorraine Morin-Torre ... Passerby #3 - Democratic Convention

Annie McEnroe ... Passerby #4 - Democratic Convention

Réal Andrews ... Vet #2 - Democratic Convention
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Holly Marie Combs ... Jenny
John Achorn ... (uncredited)
Chris Adamec ... Orderly (uncredited)
Ran Barker ... Bobby (uncredited)

Theresa Bell ... Democratic Conventioner (uncredited)

Dean Denton ... Marine Recruiter (uncredited)
Jedidiah Esparza ... Parade Attendee (uncredited)
Luv Adele Gaerlan ... Girl Selling Barbecued Pork (uncredited)

Allan Hale ... Miami Convention Member (uncredited)

Ron Kovic ... Parade Veteran (uncredited)
Dean Mauro ... Conventioneer (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

Maureen Mendoza ... Little girl (uncredited)
Mark Miller ... Soldier (uncredited)

Íce Mrozek ... Syracuse Friend (uncredited)
Nick Nicholson ... Soldier (uncredited)
Steven Novak ... Secret Service Agent (uncredited)

Bud Sabatino ... Father at Parade (uncredited)

Delia Sheppard ... Protesting War Widow (uncredited)
E. Lee Smith ... Vietnam Veteran (uncredited)
Marvin Frank Stone III ... Parade Attendee (uncredited)
Henry Strzalkowski ... (uncredited)
Steve Thomas ... Gazebo Speech Attendee (uncredited)
Mark Edward Walters ... Parade Attendee (uncredited)

Claude Whitscell ... Prom Date (uncredited)
Norman D. Wilson ... Veteran (uncredited)

Directed by
Oliver Stone 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Ron Kovic (book)

Oliver Stone (screenplay) &
Ron Kovic (screenplay)

Produced by
A. Kitman Ho .... producer
Lope V. Juban Jr. .... producer: Phillipines
Joseph P. Reidy .... associate producer (as Joseph Reidy)
Oliver Stone .... producer
Clayton Townsend .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Richardson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Brenner 
Joe Hutshing (co-editor)
 
Casting by
Risa Bramon Garcia  (as Risa Bramon)
Billy Hopkins 
 
Production Design by
Bruno Rubeo 
 
Art Direction by
Richard L. Johnson 
Victor Kempster 
 
Set Decoration by
Derek R. Hill 
 
Costume Design by
Judy L. Ruskin  (as Judy Ruskin)
 
Makeup Department
Martha Marek Beresford .... hair stylist
Bonnie Clevering .... hair stylist
Sharon Ilson .... key makeup artist
Rick Sharp .... makeup artist: Tom Cruise
Gordon J. Smith .... special makeup effects artist (as Gordon Smith)
Suzanne M. Willett .... assistant makeup artist
Joy Zapata .... key hair stylist (as Joy A. Zapata)
Jean Ann Black .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Fred Lackey III .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jane Bartelme .... production supervisor
Brad Blake .... post-production supervisor
Chris Brigham .... production supervisor: Philippines
Joey Romero .... production manager: Philippines
Clayton Townsend .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randy Fife .... second unit director
Ulysses Formanez .... second second assistant director: Philippines
Donald J. Lee Jr. .... second second assistant director
Stephen Lim .... first assistant director (as Stephen J. Lima)
Stephen Lim .... first assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy .... first assistant director (as Joseph Reidy)
David Sardi .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Francisco Balangue .... construction manager: Philippines
Richard L. Barlow .... assistant props
Tana Bishop .... art production assistant
E.W. Bradford .... construction coordinator (as E.W. 'Bill' Bradford)
Don 'Tex' Clark .... set dresser (as Don Clark)
Rodell Cruz .... art director: Philippines
David Delina .... property master: Philippines
Mark Fabert .... gang boss
Camilo Felipe .... head painter: Philippines
Floyd Gentry .... stand-by painter
Joanna Gilliam .... art production assistant
Doug Gruden .... art production assistant
John Harrington .... key painter
Jerry G. Henery .... construction foreman
Joe Kee .... art production assistant (as Joseph A. Kee)
Bruce Kerner .... sign graphics coordinator
Jack Kerner .... signwriter
Jeff Klein .... art production assistant
Charles P. Lancaster .... signwriter
David McGrath .... art production assistant
Jeff McGrath .... art production assistant
William H. Neff .... signwriter foreman (as William H. Neff Jr.)
Mike Parsons .... property master
Craig Pittman .... set dresser (as Craig H. Patterson)
Marco Rubeo .... draughtsman
Joe Sharber .... stand-by props
Phil Shirey .... leadman
J. Grey Smith .... set dresser
George Toomer Jr. .... set dresser
Nicole Vaughn .... art production assistant
Amy Vuckovich .... art production assistant (as Amy Botefuhr)
John Timothy Williams .... set dresser
Calvin Wimmer .... art department
Ron Downing .... property buyer: Mexico (uncredited)
Stephanie Emery .... prop assistant (uncredited)
Doyle Smith .... assistant to art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bill Abbott .... digital sound recordist
Lon Bender .... additional sound (as Lon E. Bender)
Gary Gegan .... adr mixer
Scott Martin Gershin .... sound effects editor
Avram D. Gold .... adr editor
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist (as Hilda Ann Hodges)
Chris Hogan .... additional sound
Michael Hoskinson .... assistant sound editor (as Michael R. Hoskinson)
Mark R. La Pointe .... foley editor (as Mark La Pointe)
Mark Lanza .... additional sound
Tod A. Maitland .... sound mixer
Joseph A. Mayer .... adr supervisor (as Joe Mayer)
Michael Minkler .... sound designer
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Derrick Mitchell .... assistant sound editor
T.J. O'Mara .... boom operator (as Terence J. O'Mara)
Dan M. Rich .... dialogue editor (as Dan Rich)
David M. Roberts .... sound recordist
Wylie Stateman .... sound designer
Wylie Stateman .... sound re-recording mixer
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (as Edward Steidele)
Gregory H. Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Hugo Weng .... dialogue editor
Michael D. Wilhoit .... dialogue editor
Michael D. Wilhoit .... sound editor
Michael P. Henning .... second unit: boom operator (uncredited)
Bill Rojas .... sound facility supervisor (uncredited)
Dan Sharp .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Jeff Timbs .... daily sound transferer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
William Curtin .... special effects coordinator: Philippines
Manny Macapagal .... special effects second assistant: Philippines
Randy E. Moore .... special effects crew
Theresa Purcell .... special effects assistant
William Purcell .... special effects coordinator
Roland Salem .... special effects first assistant: Philippines
Jim Henry .... smoke machines: Dallas (uncredited)
Bradley W. Taylor .... special effects crew (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Robert Dawson .... optical supervisor
Dion Hatch .... optical cameraman: CRC
Clayton R. Marsh .... optical lineup
Dan Valuere .... optical color timer
 
Stunts
Gil Arceo .... stunt coordinator: Philippines
Lloyd Lively .... stunts (uncredited)
Leon Slaughter .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Banong Balicas .... key grip: Philippines
Enrico Balicas .... best boy grip: Philippines
Rene Balicas .... dolly grip: Philippines
Bradly E. Breitbarth .... grip (as Bradly Breitbarth)
Donald Carlson .... first assistant camera
Robert C. Carlson .... second assistant camera
Dean Coke .... grip
Bernardo Gabilo .... focus puller: Philippines
Jonathan D. Guerra .... electrician (as Jon Guerra)
Paris L. Gutierrez .... electrician
Thomas Jirgal .... grip (as Thomas 'Casey' Jirgal)
Ian Jones .... additional Steadicam operator
Lynn Lockwood .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Lynn C. Lockwood)
Carol Ann Maguire .... grip
Anastas N. Michos .... Steadicam operator
Anastas N. Michos .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jim Miller .... grip
Mike Miller .... key grip (as Michael Miller)
Robert W. Moreno .... electrician
Roland Neveu .... still photographer
Reinhart 'Rayteam' Peschke .... gaffer
Philip C. Pfeiffer .... director of photography: second unit
Toby Phillips .... Steadicam operator
Celebrando Raymundo .... head electrician: Philippines
George Rosales .... assistant camera: Philippines
David Rudd .... first assistant camera
Caloy Salcedo .... focus puller: Philippines (as Caldy Salcedo)
Frank Scheidbach .... best boy
John Shoemaker .... electrician
Timmy D. Short .... gang boss
John Patrick Smith .... film loader
Peter J. Verrando .... video playback operator (as Pete Verrando)
William Webb .... camera intern (as Bill Webb)
Sharon Alley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bil Arscott .... electrician (uncredited)
Sean Cohen .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael Off .... assistant camera: additional scenes (uncredited)
Henry Tirl .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Paul Adler .... casting: Philippines
Julie Herrin .... casting assistant
Ed Johnston .... casting: Texas
Heidi Levitt .... casting associate
Amy Levy-Lancaster .... casting assistant
Ken Metcalfe .... extras casting: Philippines
Kris Nicolau .... extras casting
Carl Scaglione .... casting assistant: Texas
Donna Schubert .... casting assistant
Burton Sharp .... voice casting
Suzanne Smith .... casting assistant
Katherine Venti .... casting associate
Matthew W. Davis .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Eric Northcutt .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fran Allgood .... costumer: women (as Fran V. Allgood)
Wynn Arenas .... head wardrobe: Philippines
Barbara B. Baker .... costume shop supervisor
Sawnie Baldridge .... wardrobe supervisor (as Sawnie Baldridge Smith)
Kateri Cale .... costume shop assistant
Mitzie Corbin .... extras costume supervisor
Alice Green .... extras wardrobe assistant
Jeannie Johnson .... costume shop assistant (as Jeannie Ione Johnson)
Stephen M. Krajica .... costumer: men
Stacy Lewis .... extras costume supervisor
Susan Mayes .... extras wardrobe assistant
Mayes C. Rubeo .... extras costume supervisor (as Mayes Castillero de Rubeo)
Terry Smart .... costume shop assistant
Andrea Wallace .... assistant costume designer
Jerri Whiteman .... extras wardrobe assistant
Mary Zophres .... extras costume supervisor (as Areti Mary Zophres)
Andra Hayes .... extras wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Laurie Rudd .... costume draper/seamstress (1987) (uncredited)
Nicole Tussy .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
F. Paul Benz .... apprentice editor
Dale Caldwell .... color timer: DeLuxe
Jana Carroll .... assistant film editor
Adrienne 'Dee' Chappell .... apprentice film editor
Carrie Antoinette Daccardi .... post-production assistant
Julie Monroe .... first assistant film editor
Mark Nakamine .... colorist (digital color correction)
Melody Platt .... assistant film editor
Pietro Scalia .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Budd Carr .... music supervisor
Armin Steiner .... score mixer
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ed Barrera .... picture car coordinator (as Edward Barrera)
Ben Cañalita .... assistant transportation captain: Philippines
Primo Guina .... transportation captain: Philippines
Alvin Milliken .... transportation coordinator (as Alvin Milliken Jr.)
Crispin Rebolledo .... picture car coordinator: Philippines
Tim Buchanan .... picture car assistant (uncredited)
James Clarke .... driver: Ron Kovic (uncredited)
Troy Flynn .... driver: production van (uncredited)
Roy A. Grace .... driver (uncredited)
Gregory F. Poulos .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joe Alonsabe .... accountant: Philippines
Parry Bacmante .... security: Philippines
Marion Billings .... publicity consultant (as Marion S. Billings)
David A. Brink .... production assistant
Frank Cavestani .... demonstration advisor
Jane Comendador .... office production assistant: Philippines
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Cesar Dominguez .... head armorer: Philippines
Don Donigi .... dailies color advisor
Andrea Doven .... assistant: Tom Cruise (as Andrea Morse)
Dale Dye .... technical advisor: military (as Capt. Dale Dye)
Mark Ebenhoch .... technical advisor: military
Jeff Flach .... location manager (as Jeffrey Flach)
Ricky Francisco .... office production assistant: Philippines
Paul Gadd .... production assistant
John Gallagher .... key production assistant (as John E. Gallagher)
Robert 'Rock' Galotti .... technical advisor: military
Eusebio Garcia .... military liaison: Philippines
Fred Geise .... technical advisor: military (as Fred 'Doc' Geise USN [Ret.])
Frederick H. Geise .... medical advisor
S.H. Grant .... production assistant
Kathryn M. Griege .... assistant production coordinator
Robert Grindrod .... assistant auditor (as Robert J. Grindrod)
Sandy Hollis .... craft service
Kelly Householder .... production assistant
Andrea Jaffe .... publicity consultant
David H. Johnson .... location assistant
James Knox .... production assistant
Ron Kovic .... technical advisor
Jean M. Longwell .... production assistant
Lito Mabalot .... location manager: Philippines
Susan Malerstein .... script supervisor
Travis Mann .... production assistant (as Travis M. Mann)
Arthur Manson .... producer's representative
William Mapother .... assistant: Tom Cruise
John McCabe .... parade advisor
Mark Miranda .... craft service: Philippines
Maggie Murphy .... key production assistant
Bill Neal .... advisor: wrestling
Jeff Nightbyrd .... demonstration advisor
Sandra Palacios-Plugge .... assistant location manager
Ellen Pasternack .... unit publicist
Chris Renna .... medic
Leroy Roper .... airbrush artist
John Sclimenti .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Andrew Sears .... second assistant auditor
Elisabeth Seldes .... assistant: Oliver Stone
Sherry Sims .... extras coordinator
Christina Stauffer .... production assistant
Barbara-Ann Stein .... auditor
Mike Stokey .... technical advisor: military
Leeann Stonebreaker .... production coordinator
Layne Teaff .... assistant production coordinator
Russ Thurman .... military technical advisor (as Capt. Russ Thurman Ret.)
Art Tizon .... assistant: A. Kitman Ho
Pat Y. Tolentino .... production office coordinator: Philippines
Antonio V. Torralba .... production physician (as Dr. Antonio V. Torralba)
John L. Walker .... location assistant
Jane Aguirre .... government liasion (uncredited)
Billy Crawford .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dean Denton .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dean Denton .... stand-in (uncredited)
Mark A. Hatley .... production assistant (uncredited)
Oli Laperal Jr. .... equipment coordinator (uncredited)
Deborah Lupard .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brian Mack .... assistant craft service (uncredited)
Romy Stevenson .... production intern: Dallas (uncredited)
 
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
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Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:R | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-14 | France:U | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:R13 (DVD rating) | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG (heavily cut) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) (cut) | South Korea:18 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #29975) | West Germany:16
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The entire film was shot in shades of red, white, or blue, depending on the emotional level (battle scenes are all in reddish hues, dream sequences in white, sadness in blue, etc).See more »
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Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Ron takes a drink of beer and he falls out of his wheelchair, a woman is laughing and saying "I'm sorry, I don't mean to laugh," but her lip movements don't match what she's saying.See more »
Quotes:
Steve Boyer:You probably think it's just a hamburger. A patty's just a piece of meat, but it can have character. See that doughnut hole? Gets 18 patties to the pound instead of 16. Saves me about $40,000 a year. That's serious money, Ron. I plug the hole with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, spices. I cover it with a pickle. They'll never miss a thing.See more »
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52 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
A Patriot's Fall From Grace, 23 June 2002

What defines a great film? I believe that for a movie to be great, it should move you. It should make you think. It should make you reconsider your views and outlooks. It should make you take a closer look at its subject matter. It should draw attention to itself. Above all, you should gain some amount of enjoyment from a great film. I believe that BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY was a great film. I say this because, whether or not you agree with Ron Kovic's message, and although Oliver Stone almost ruined it with his attempts to personalize reality, the movie still made people stop and look. It literally defined the Vietnam War for a generation of Tom Cruise fans, and made many more aware of what the vets went through. The cinematography, score and fabulous acting made it a pleasure for many people to watch, if only to see how Cruise would deliver his next line.

The film grossed $70,001,698 nationwide. In 1989, when BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY was released, movie tickets cost five dollars. Therefore, over fourteen million American people went to the theater to see this movie. The number of viewers increases when you take into consideration the people who rented it on video or watched a television broadcast. It had that special something that made people think about issues that they might not have thought about before. It is lamentable that by 1989, many of the members of Generation X had paid little or no attention to the Vietnam War, even though only sixteen years had passed since the war's end. The younger generation was reminded that the war did, indeed, happen, and that the country was still being lambasted with the side effects.

The camera work was extremely effective in relaying the messages in the film. Different moods within the film were indicated by different tints in the color. Combats were filmed in red, while blue indicated sadness, and white tints where used in the dream sequences. Whether intended or not, the colors of choice also coincide with that of the American flag, which is very appropriate for the film. The film also employed a wide variety of interesting angles without becoming confusing to the viewer.

The musical score is one of the best of all time. John Williams is a genius in the music industry. His fabulous music can make a film feel the way it was intended to. He seems to simply know what sequence of notes will produce what emotions. Along with Williams' music, the score also includes some of the popular music from the time of the film's setting. For instance, AMERICAN PIE by Don McLean, MY GIRL by the Temptations, and MOONRIVER by Henry Mancini, all give the viewer who remembers the music a sense of nostalgia, taking them back to those years.

Two words sum up why the movie got the attention it did: Tom Cruise. Many critics were skeptical whether or not the pretty boy of RISKY BUSINESS and TOP GUN fame had what it took to portray a real life Vietnam veteran and make the audience believe he was that person. Fans crowded into the theaters to watch Cruise's handsome face (which was not so attractive through most of the film). Critics went to watch him blow the role. But he proved himself and went above and beyond what was expected of him in one of the most moving performances I have ever seen. He literally became Ron Kovic.

Many people were affected by BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY. It had great cinematography. Its soundtrack was inspiring and beautiful, pulling out of the viewer all possible emotions. Tom Cruise's performance as Ron Kovic blew almost everyone away. In short, BORN ON THE FORTH OF JULY has what it takes to be a great film. It overcomes Stone's blatant manipulation of facts, such as the violent conflict that in the movie occurs during a republican convention, but in reality occurred during a democratic convention. Powerful and touching, it drives its point home and back again, never missing a beat.

8 out of 10 stars

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