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Born on the Fourth of July
A story of innocence lost and courage found.
The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
Born on the Fourth of July hit me like a goddamn freight train.
I'm writing this having finished the film only moments before, so I apologize in advance if this comes out unstructured and messy.
My mother's father—my grandpa—is a Vietnam War veteran. For as long as I've known the man, I've always had a very specific image of him in my head. He's tall, like me, and thin—very thin, stemming from health problems caused by his time in Vietnam. In my head, I picture him with a beard, though through my life he's alternated between being clean-shaved, mustachioed, and bearded. It just seems to fit him the best. He's also had shoulder-length hair for a long time now—probably since…
Born on the Fourth of July tells the fascinating life story of Ron Kovic, a Vietnam veteran who becomes paralyzed during his second tour of duty and is wracked with guilt over the accidental death of a young soldier on his own side. At times it is difficult to watch him descend into darkness, but that's attributable to fantastic writing that provides insight into who Ron Kovic was as a person, not just a historical figure. When he becomes a political activist and speaks out against the US government, he seems to come into his own and the film draws parallels to his childhood and the potential the people around him felt he had all along.
It's a bit myopic…
"I had a mother; I had a father, things - things that made sense. Do you remember things that made sense? Things you could count on? Before we all got so lost?"- Ron Kovic
Now this is a powerful film right here. Forget Platoon, this is the real Oliver Stone Vietnam War film. Born on the Fourth of July has many great themes, a wonderful John Williams score, splendid cinematography, and great direction. What really makes it special is Tom Cruise's mesmerizing performance as Ron Kovic. He starts off as a High School kid and by the end he is a political activist. The changes his character goes through during the film are all portrayed brilliantly by Mr. Cruise who…
"People say that if you don't love America, then get the hell out. Well, I love America."
Despite a few instances of heavy-handed symbolism of Oliver Stone's part, Born On The Fourth Of July is a powerful and resonant experience, which drives home a message that is still important to this day and is held together by Tom Cruise's astounding performance.
However, despite being heavily moved by the film and the scene in which this happened, I couldn't help but let out an unintentional laugh when Tom Cruise shouts "Big fucking erect penis!".
Stone and Cruise have delivered some of the best work of their careers here and have given us a relevant and haunting film that will stay with me for a long time.
Born on the Fourth of July is a great film that has many great messages, even though I think the film needed to be a little more focused and not so heavy-handed at times, but that's just me. Everyone does a great job in this movie, especially Tom Cruise as Ron Kovic. Wow, what a performance. Easily my favorite I've seen from him so far, and probably the best he'll ever be. He did such a good job portraying the character, from his start as a high school student, to when he became a paralyzed war hero with post-traumatic stress syndrome. We also have Raymond J. Barry as his father, Caroline Kava as his mother, and Tom Berenger who all…
Here's a boring comparison from a boring Englishman who has no right in liking anything to do with this film nor what I'm comparing it to. A simple comparison it is, and that's with Bruce Springsteen's (Oh not that fucker again!?) often misunderstood 'Born In The USA', and in particular the song of the name (rather than the album).
That song is essentially confusing rhetoric not all dissimilar to the confusing rhetoric which lead to the support of the Vietnam war in the first place; initially it was viewed as some sort of rallying call, "USA! USA! USA!" which it sort of was in its own way but really it was mostly about the returning Vietnam veterans who were vilified…
Is it just me or does it seem like Tom Cruise is overacting in this film? Not throughout, just in some scenes. (Pardon my fragment)
Well this definitely looks and plays like an 80's film. I couldn't watch this again, way too somber.
God dammit. God mother fucking dammit.
You know what? Fuck you Tom Cruise and Oliver Stone. WHY DO YOU GUYS GOTTA DO THIS TO ME?
I'm not the Oliver Stone guy, but this film is amazing. Well, for Oliver Stone standards.
Ron Kovic's story is brutally emotional and heartbreaking. You see this kid grow up to see what's right and what's wrong. The physical transformation he goes through is shocking, to say the least. Perhaps this is Oliver Stone's masterpiece.
In July of 2014, my sister married a marine. In the few years surrounding it, I have come to know him as a person. While I have always respected veterans, it was in getting to know him that I actually felt a deeper empathy. It was reflective in how I viewed military entertainment. While I remain oblivious to the fact from fiction, I do often get carried away in the emotional plight of characters. I no longer see a fictional character, but a human being. Even if my brother-in-law never served in Vietnam or WWII (he wasn't alive), I transplant my feelings of him into those films, imagining what draws out courage in face of undeniable fear.
It is partially…
Peliculón. Dura, cruda. Incomoda. Excelente actuación de Tom. No tengo mas que agregar.
It's taken me a while to actually watch this, but damn, am I thankful that I decided to give this a watch as part of the Tom Cruise Filmography.... this is probably the BEST performance I've seen of his!
Born on the Fourth of July is the story of Ron Kovic (Cruise), who always know he was destined for more, even in his childhood play War with his friends. Enlisting in the army prior to the Vietnam war, Kovic believes that he is making the best decision, as fighting for your country is the highest honour possible, in his eyes.
However, after a couple tours to Vietnam, he quickly realises that they are in way over their heads, as they're…
If Tom Cruise ever deserved an Oscar it was for this one.
America: been fuckin' over veterans since 1861
It's crazy that I went this long without seeing this film. In fact, I don't think I had even seen a clip from it. It's one of those films that have been spoofed so many times that when you see it, the dramatic parts just seem funny. Tom Cruise wheeling around with a wig and fake stubble. Hilarious. It is a good film though and the lighting had to have been done by a wizard on coke.
There's certainly a lot to like and admire about Born On The Fourth of July: first of all, you've got the pretty superb direction by Oliver Stone, as well as the screenplay co-written by him. Stone does an excellent job of creating time and place and plopping you dead center into it so that it feels you're right there with the characters, experiencing what they're experiencing. Also, building off that, Stone portrays the themes or issues he's dealing with through this film with unflinching clarity; it oftentimes feels uncomfortable and a little unpleasant, but that's the point Stone is making here, and it's a pretty bold point, at that. You've also got the stellar performance by Tom Cruise as Ron…
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