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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

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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.


Oliver Stone


Ron Kovic (book), Oliver Stone (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Ron Kovic
Bryan Larkin ... Young Ron
Raymond J. Barry ... Mr. Kovic
Caroline Kava ... Mrs. Kovic
Josh Evans ... Tommy Kovic
Seth Allen Seth Allen ... Young Tommy
Jamie Talisman Jamie Talisman ... Jimmy Kovic
Sean Stone ... Young Jimmy
Anne Bobby ... Susanne Kovic
Jenna von Oÿ ... Young Susanne
Samantha Larkin Samantha Larkin ... Patty Kovic
Erika Geminder Erika Geminder ... Young Patty
Amanda Davis Amanda Davis ... Baby Patty
Kevin Harvey Morse Kevin Harvey Morse ... Jackie Kovic
John Getz ... Marine Major


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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drunkenness | desert | bar | 1970s | 1950s | See All (138) »


A story of innocence lost and courage found.


Biography | Drama | War


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Did You Know?


Frank Whaley was considered for the role of Tommy Kovic before being cast to play the part of Timmy. See more »


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 »


Ron Kovic: [to Charlie] I had a mother; I had a father, things - things that made sense. Do you remember things that made sense? Things you could count on? Before we all got so lost? What are we gonna do, Charlie? What am I gonna do?
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Referenced in Difficult People: The Courage of a Soldier (2015) See more »


Que Voy a Hacer
Written by Gustavo Pimentel
Performed by Gustavo Pimentel
Courtesy of Orfeon Video Vox, S.A.
Published by Super Pegasus Music Publishing Corporation
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Part of Oliver Stone's Vietnam Trilogy
4 July 2017 | by Hollywood_YodaSee all my reviews

Tom Cruise gives a great performance as Ron Kovic, a veteran who virtually lost everything, including his legs, fighting in Vietnam. After his return, he becomes an advocate against the war. Both Oliver Stone, the director, and Ron Kovic, the writer both served in the war.

Stone gives us a gruesome inside look into the horrors of war, including the return to civilian life after. The return for many was difficult, leading many to commit or attempt suicide. The country they came back to was changed was ungrateful (at the time) of their service, slamming them as "baby killers" and such. They came back to their fellow citizens who were against the war. Some veterans were, as well. Kovic was one.

After his return, Kovic championed for human rights and fought against the Vietnam war. Eventually, he wrote the book in which this film was based. Every day, especially July 4th, thank a veteran for their service, it wasn't always their choice to go fight. Nor, were all conscientious objectors who got out of going.

Thank you to all veterans!!

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Born on the Fourth of July See more »


Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$172,021, 25 December 1989

Gross USA:


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Company Credits

Production Co:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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