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Born on the Fourth of July (1989) Movie Information

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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
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Overall Rank:

1698

Avg. Rating:

2.83/4

# of Ratings:

240

Genres:

War, Biography

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

12/20/1989

Director:

Oliver Stone

Actors:

Tom Cruise
Tom Berenger
Kyra Sedgwick
Raymond J. Barry
Caroline Kava
Stephen Baldwin

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

Ron Kovic is a young man graduating high school during Vietnam war when he decides to enlist in the military. After his injury he is shocked with the treatment of war veterans but quickly learns the truths to the war as he fights for peace.

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Matthew Brady 06/26/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

Tom Cruise plays a young man graduating high school during Vietnam war when he decides to enlist in the military. After his injury he is shocked with the treatment of war veterans but quickly learns the truths to the war as he fights for peace. Oliver Stone the director of Platoon makes this movie so dramatic and so powerful. Tom Cruise is so freaking good in this movie and I almost cried during the movie because of his character journey.

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mitchellyoung 01/07/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

Tom Cruise gives one of his best performances, with a dark and lonesome portrayal of a struggling war veteran. The film drags at sections, but, at least, Oliver Stone abandons most of his knack for controversy to tell a straightforward and poignant story.

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dukeakasmudge 09/25/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

5 Star film about a Vietnam War veterans struggle with PTSD

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woody 03/25/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

I am not much of a war movie buff, but I do like to see good character development in a movie. Somehow I'd always managed to miss this movie, partly because it starred Tom Cruise, but when I finally saw it I was very impressed by his portrayal of Ron Kovic--through a kaleidoscope of emotions, jarring episodes and epiphanies. The scenes of battle are harrowing, but no more so than his meltdown back home in front of his stupefied family. The parade scenes were shot a couple of miles from where I live, so that was a bonus for me.

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05/29/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Devastating

Born on the Fourth of July is unique as Vietnam film as it is more focused on the lives of men who fought in it, but before and after the war. It is not a film about combat as much as it is a film about the lasting effects of combat. Regardless, Born on the Fourth of July is as emotional as any of the Vietnam films and provides a thorough portrait of an American hero, Ron Kovic.

Born on the Fourth of July is about Ron Kovic (Cruise), a patriotic and idealistic young man who enlists in the Marines during the Vietnam War in order to fight the spread of communism and serve his country. He finds himself on the front lines in Vietnam, where he is eventually wounded, but not after accidentally killing a fellow Marine. Kovic is paralyzed from the chest down after his horrific injury. T...

Rating of
4/4 

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01/14/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Born On The Fourth Of July" by Yojimbo

A biopic based on the life of Ron Kovic, an idealistic poster boy for the American dream who volunteered for Vietnam only to return home to a different world both traumatized and paralysed. I've never been a big fan of Tom Cruise, but he gives the performance of his career as the Vietnam vet who became the spokesman of a disenfranchised generation. Being based upon Kovic's own book the film is a very personal journey and as such is a little episodic, often resembling one of those "triumph of courage" daytime telemovies rather than the overt politicism of many of Stone's other films of the time. It also limits his Vietnam experiences to the bare minimum which means that it lacks both the context and outright anger of Salvador and the emotional drama of Platoon leaving something of a half w...

Rating of
2.5/4 

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