BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY

1989 **** 143 mins.

Oliver Stone's second Vietnam film easily trumps the first, in my humble opinion. I'm not a very big fan of Platoon; I found it to be quite dull and not that impressive. Born on the Fourth of July, however, has a lot of heart, and it's message about how war deprives young men of their lives and their innocence is made much clearer here. Ron Kovic is like any other young man in the turbulent time of the early sixties: quite eager to go off to war and serve his country. When traumatic experiences and paralysis leave him scarred for life, he finds his return home to be a strange one. It's not the same home he left, and his support for the war is diminishing. Tom Cruise delivers one of the finest performances of his career, and Oliver Stone won an Oscar for his outstanding direction.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Panavision)
Rated R.

Starring:
Tom Cruise + Kyra Sedgwick + Raymond J. Barry + Jerry Levine + Frank Whaley + Caroline Kava + Willem Dafoe

Based on the Book by
Ron Kovic

Screenplay by
Oliver Stone & Ron Kovic

Directed by
Oliver Stone


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