Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
  • Time: 145 min
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | War
  • Director: Oliver Stone
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Kyra Sedgwick


‘Born On The Fourth Of July’ tells the true story of Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise), a patriotic, All-American small town athlete who shocks his family by enlisting with the Marines to fight in the Vietnam War. Once he is overseas, however, Kovic’s gung-ho enthusiasm turns to horror and confusion when he accidentally kills one of his own men in a firefight. His downfall is furthered by a bullet wound that leaves him paralyzed from the chest down. He returns home, spends an appalling, nightmarish stint in a veterans’ hospital, and follows an increasingly disillusioned and fragmented path that ultimately leaves him drunk and dissolute in Mexico. However, Kovic somehow turns himself around and pulls his life together, becoming an outspoken anti-war activist in the process.

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  • Born on the Fourth of July is a breathtaking movie with a fantastic and very real storyline and an extremely impressive and inspired performance from Tom Cruise. He plays Ron Kovic, a real life man who fought in the Vietnam war, which such great heart and he was extremely convincing, once he got a beard, I couldn’t even believe it was actually Tom Cruise, it’s without a doubt one of his most impressive performances to date. The story is told perfectly and is very real and the music in the movie from the great John Williams (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Superman, etc…) is absolutely beautiful. If you are a fan of war biography’s then Born on the Fourth of July is a must see.

    Based on the true story of Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise), a man who goes to fight in the Vietnam war for his country. But after he is paralyzed and see’s some terrible things, he goes against the country he once supported.

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