Born on the Fourth of July

Born on the Fourth of July

Director: Oliver Stone Cast: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava
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Born on the Fourth of July

The second of three films by co-writer/director Oliver Stone to explore the effects of the Vietnam War (Platoon and Heaven and Earth are the others), 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. The film is long but emotionally powerful; many consider it Stone's best work and Cruise's best performance. Both were nominated for Oscars, as was the film itself, but only Stone, who co-wrote the film with Kovic from the latter's book, won for Best Director.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/1992
UPC: 0096898090131
Original Release: 1989
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Cruise Ron Kovic
Raymond J. Barry Mr. Kovic
Caroline Kava Mrs. Kovic
Kyra Sedgwick Donna
Willem Dafoe Charlie
Brian Larkin Young Ron
Jerry Levine Steve Boyer
Josh Evans Tommy Kovic
Jamie Talisman Jimmy Kovic
Anne Bobby Susanne Kovic
Frank Whaley Timmy
John Getz Marine Major
David Warshofsky Lieutenant
Rocky Carroll Willie
Cordelia Gonzalez Maria Elena
Tony Frank Mr. Wilson
Jayne Haynes Mrs. Wilson
Claudio Brook [Vietnam]
Robert Camilletti Tommy Finnelli
Reg E. Cathey Speaker
Dale Dye Infantry Colonel
Corky Ford Marvin
Bob Gunton Doctor
Ed Jupp Villa Vet
James LeGros Platoon
Eduardo Ricardo Cab Driver
Jenna von Oÿ Young Susanne
Christopher Walker Aide
Seth Allen Young Tommy
Sean Stone Young Tommy
Samantha Larkin Patty Kovic
Erika Geminder Young Patty
Amanda Davis Baby Patty
Kevin Harvey Morse Jackie Kovic
Jessica Prunell Young Donna
Jason Klein Young Timmy
Lane R. Davis Young Steve
Richard Panebianco Joey Walsh
John Pinto Young Joey
J.R. Nutt Young Tommy
Stephen Baldwin Billy Vorsovich
Philip Amelio Young Billy
Michael McTighe Danny Fantozzi
Cody Beard Young Danny
Ryan Beadle Ballplayer
Harold Woloschin Umpire
Richard Grusin Coach
Tom Berenger Recruiting Sergeant
Richard Haus Recruiting Sergeant
Melvin Allen Himself
Ed Lauter Legion Commander
Liz Moore Fat Lady at Parade
Sean McGraw Young Donna's Father
Oliver Stone News Reporter
Norma Moore Massapequa Mom
Stacey Moseley Young Donna's Friend
Michael Miller Neighbor
Ellen Pasternack Neighbor
Joy Zapata Neighbor
Bob Tillotson Truck Driver
Jason Gedrick Martinez
Michael Compotaro Wilson
Paul Abbott Platoon
Bill Allen Platoon
William Baldwin Platoon
Claude Brooks Platoon
Michael Smith Guess Platoon
William Mapother Platoon
Christopher W. Mills Platoon
Byron Minns Platoon
Ben Wright Platoon
Markus Flanagan Doctor
R.D. Call Chaplain
Don "The Dragon" Wilson Corpsman
Rick Masters Man
John Galt Fat Republican
Begonia Plaza Charlie's Whore [Villa Dulce]
SaMi Chester Aide
Willie Minor Eddie
Eagle-Eye Cherry Vet
Tom Sizemore Vet
Daniel Baldwin Vet
Ron Kovic Veteran at Parade (uncredited)
Wayne Knight Official
John C. McGinley Official
Chip Moody TV Anchor
Lili Taylor Jamie Wilson [Georgia]
Beau Starr Man
Billie Neal Nurse Washington
Richard Poe Frankie
Vivica A. Fox Hooker
Mark Moses Doctor
Abbie Hoffman Strike Organizer
Jake Weber Donna's Boyfriend
Edie Brickell Folksinger
Geoff Garza Young Radical
Joseph P. Reidy Student Organizer
Holly Marie Combs Jenny

Technical Credits
Oliver Stone Director,Co-producer,Producer,Screenwriter
David Brenner Editor
Dave Freeman Screenwriter
Derek R. Hill Set Decoration/Design
A. Kitman Ho Co-producer,Producer
Joe Hutshing Editor
Sharon Ilson Makeup
Richard L. Johnson Art Director
Victor Kempster Art Director
Ron Kovic Screenwriter
William A. Purcell Special Effects
Joseph P. Reidy Producer
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Bruno Rubeo Production Designer
Judy Ruskin Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon J. Smith Makeup
Clayton Townsend Producer
Gregory H. Watkins Sound/Sound Designer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer

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Born on the Fourth of July 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
true story of ron kovic who went to fight in the vietnam war.when ron got hit by a bullet he wasnt able to walk again.ron then became an anti war spokesman.moving story,great acting especially by tom cruise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that this movie shows the courage and the pain it takes to fight a war
Guest More than 1 year ago
The second of three films by co-writer/director Oliver Stone to explore the effects of the Vietnam War ("Platoon" and "Heaven and Earth" are the others), "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. During his time in Vietnam, Kovic sees the true nature of war. His platoon mistakenly fires upon a town where the enemy is supposedly hiding however, they end up killing women and children. During the confusion that follows, Kovic accidentally shoots a fellow soldier and his guilt would encompass him for years to come. But when Kovic himself is wounded in a field, he returns home paralyzed from the waist down, 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. The film is emotionally powerful many consider it Stone's best work and Cruise's best performance. Both were nominated for Oscars, as was the film itself, but only Stone, who co-wrote the film with Kovic from the latter's book, won for Best Director. When asked why he wanted to make another film about Vietnam after the success of "Platoon", Oliver Stone is quoted as saying, "There was another war waiting for the soldiers when they returned home." Indeed, he was right. "Born on the Fourth of July" follows Kovic's account of his experiences in Vietnam and the indifferent nation that he returned to. When Kovic returns to his home from the hospital, he realizes that the world has changed. People protest the war, sometimes protesting against the soldiers themselves. Before the war, Ron was a much simpler character. He knew what everything was about, he knew his role in the world, and he knew his duty to his country. Late in the film, Ron will say to his friend Charlie (Willem Dafoe) "Do you remember when things made sense?" When we see Kovic in the final sequences of the film, he has become an eloquent and persuasive critic of the war, producing facts to support his case that the audience is not familiar with. The film shows, if you will, the "spiritual" change in Ron Kovic, how the war changed him, almost killed him, almost drove him mad, but in the end taught him about true patriotism. [filmfactsman]
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