Born on the Fourth of July

TitleBorn on the Fourth of July
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsStone, Oliver
Running Time2h 25m
Date Released12/1989
DistributorUniversal Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish, Spanish

This second Vietnam War film by director Oliver Stone, which is based on the biography of Vietnam war veteran an antiwar activist Ron Kovic, explores how an all-American boy becomes disillusioned with his nation and how a war-hungry nation injures its citizens, subjects that transcend the Vietnam War era and remain relevant today. Ron Kovic, played by Tom Cruise, eagerly volunteers to become a Marine, and his second tour of duty ends when be becomes paralyzed from the mid-chest down. After enduring apathy, disrespect, and detachment from his VA healthcare team and from neighbors and ordinary citizens, he becomes an active critic of the war through the Vietnam Veterans against the War.


Tom Cruise

Kyra Sedgwick

Raymond J. Barry

Jerry Levine

Frank Whaley

Willem Dafoe


Produced by A. Kitman Ho and Oliver Stone

Directed by Oliver Stone

Written by Oliver Stone and Ron Kovic

Music by John Williams

Cinematography by Robert Richardson

Edited by Joe Hutshing and David Brenner

Full Text

Based on Ron Kovic's biography. Second installment of Oliver Stone's Vietnam Trilogy, between Platoon and Heaven & Earth.

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