DVD 145 mins IMDB 7.0 (14,468 votes)
Born on the Fourth of July
Universal (1989)
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Drama, War
USA  /  English

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
Bryan Larkin Young Ron
Seth Allen Young Tommy
Sean Stone Young Jimmy
Jenna von Oÿ Young Suzanne
Stephen Baldwin
Tom Berenger
Kyra Sedgewick
Frank Whaley
Samantha Larkin Patty Kovic
Erika Germinder Young Patty (as Erika Geminder)
Amanda Davis Baby Patty
Kevin Harvey Morse Jackie Kovic

Director Oliver Stone
Producer Oliver Stone; A. Kitman Ho
Writer Ron Kovic; Oliver Stone
Cinematography Robert Richardson
Musician John Williams
User Credit 1 David Brenner; Joe Hutshing
User Credit 2 Judy L. Ruskin

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. — Don Kaye

Edition Details
Barcode 025192046520
Region Region 1
Chapters 16
Release Date 4/13/1999
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

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User Text 2 A story of innocence lost and courage found.
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Trivia: Star Tom Cruise was actually born on the third of July. (more)

Goofs: Anachronisms: A 1957 Chevrolet convertible (released in the fall of 1956) is used in the 1956 Fourth of July parade. (more)

Doctor: We want to make one thing very clear to you, Ron. The possibility of your ever walking again is minimal ... almost impossible. You're a T6 -- paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Probably ... you'll be in a wheelchair for the rest of your life. (pause) Do you understand what I'm saying?
Ron Kovic: Well, doctor --
Doctor: Hmm?
Ron Kovic: Doctor, will I ever be able to -- to have children?
Doctor: No.
Doctor: No, but we have a good psychologist. He's helped a lot of people.
Ron Kovic: I'll walk again.
Doctor: No you won't --
Ron Kovic: No, I know I'll walk again!

Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 14 nominations (more)