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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: 40
  • Fresh: 36
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

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

A Great and Powerful Movie

This is actually part 2 in what Oliver Stone calls his unofficial "Vietnam trilogy", in which he attempts to show America's war in Vietnam from three entirely different perspectives. "Platoon" was based on Stone's own experiences as an infantry soldier in the jungles of Vietnam and highlights the day-to-day activities of the common foot soldier. He said he made Platoon for the veterans of that war and thus made no grand and sweeping statements concerning the politics of it. It's a powerful and important film and deserved the Oscar for Best Picture, which it won. "Born on the Fourth of July" is the true story of Ron Kovic and his journey from being the all-American kid who believes in the war, volunteers for it, becomes paralyzed in a firefight and eventually becomes a powerful and outspoken activist against the war. Many people (who were familiar with Kovic's story) criticized Stone for using Tom Cruise in the lead role, saying that he would be unable to pull off the transformation that they knew was coming. It's not an easy film to sit through. Kovic's experience in the VA hospitals are particularly hard to watch and will probably resonate with Americans more today than when the film was released. Again, a powerful and important film. "Heaven and Earth", Stone's third movie about Vietnam, is the factual story of a Vietnamese woman. I'm running out space, so if you've read this far and are interested in knowing more about "Heaven and Earth" then I suggest going to and reading his excellent review of it. Yet again, Stone offers up another powerful and important film about the American war in Vietnam.

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.

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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