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Born On the Fourth of July

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Oliver Stone

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About the Movie

Tom Cruise delivers a riveting and unforgettable portrayal of Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic in Oliver Stone's Academy Award®-winning masterpiece. Based on a true story, the acclaimed film follows the young Kovic from a zealous teen who eagerly volunteers for the Vietnam War, to an embittered veteran paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Deeply in love with his country, Kovic returned to an environment vastly different from the one he left, and struggled before emerging as a brave new voice for the disenchanted.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 42
  • Fresh: 38
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Born on the Fourth of July is...the most ambitious nondocumentary film yet made about the entire Vietnam experience. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Stone has found in Cruise the ideal actor to anchor the movie with simplicity and strength. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Fresh: Tom Cruise, who takes Kovic from clean-cut eager teen to impassioned long-haired activist, is stunning. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Nothing Cruise has done will prepare you for what he does in Born on the Fourth of July. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

One of the greatest movies

This is one of the greatest movies...moving, great characters, beautiful cinematography, haunting score...and now it has an all new powerful impact due to the war in Iraq. Stone at his best.

Oliver Stone With Another Negitive Perspective of America

Oliver Stone has made three movies that I've seen (World Trade Center, Platoon & Born on the Fourth of July), from my perspective this ranks quite low in comparison to his other movie on Vietnam "Platoon" of which I've seen but is indeed overrated. Oliver Stone's films are not made for the purpose of art, but for a negitive political statement on America and it's ways of war. Essentially Oliver Stone (who may have fought in Vietnam) doesn't believe in honor and sacrifice.

One of the best anti-war movies ever made.

Yes, anti-war movies exist. Not because the makers of them are anti-American, or don't understand what sacrifice (what exactly were we in danger of losing if we "lost" the war in Vietnam?) is, but to offer another viewpoint on war. That, and Ron Kovic, who this movie is based upon, became decidely anti-Vietnam after seeing how not only the citizens of America view the war, but also on how the government treated its veterans on a war they demanded we enter (see the entire portion of the movie where Kovic is in the Bronx VA Hospital). Stone's film, based on Kovic's book of the same title, is one of his best movies, following only "JFK". The other side of the coin to his previous war movie, "Platoon," "Born on the 4th of July" isn't just one of the most visually awesome movies, it's also one of the most thought provoking. Of course, maybe I saw something different and not another anti-American stance.

Born On the Fourth of July
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1989

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