Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Frank Whaley: Timmy
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, I wish I'd - The first time I got hit, I was shot in the foot. I could have laid down, I mean - who gives a fuck now if I was a hero or not? I was paralyzed, castrated that day; why? It was all so - stupid! I'd have my dick and my balls now, and some days, Timmy - some days I think I'd give everything I believe in - everything I got, all my values, just to have my body back again, just to be whole again. But I'm not whole; I never will be, and that's - that's the way it is, isn't it?
Timmy Burns : [after a slight pause] For Christ's sake, Ronnie, it's your birthday. You're alive. You made it! Smile.