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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…
Oliver Stone is a director I never really got, other than his politics, his films tend to either come across as dull or bonkers, with little in between. I think the closest thing he's got to a film I like is Natural Born Killers, and that's a film so barmy that even I can't get behind it.
So I'm actually shocked that Born on the Fourth of July resonated so well with me. Pretty much the ground zero for crazy Vietnam veterans, Tom Cruise plays a naive soldier sent into Vietnam and comes out paralysed. And while you get the whole "You weren't there man, I've done stuff" he actually keeps the performance subdued, and the films strength of building…
This movie is a disaster. That wig. I still have nightmares about that wig.
Seriously, everywhere you look in this movie there are actors from Platoon, even the minor character parts whose faces you might recognize if you've seen it enough but would never remember their names.
That aside, this film is definitely missing something that made Platoon special. I would say the first twenty minutes and the last 45 minutes are pretty fantastic, while the whole middle section just gives way to very typical speeches explaining the anti war movement and the vietnam war in very simple terms. As if everyone speaking is aware that they're in an anti war movie and that there is a clear message to deliver.
Stone portrays the ugliness, the brutality and the hypocrisy of those…
Oliver Stone, Robert Richardson, John Williams, and Tom Cruise make sweet cinematic love together. Not really anti war as much as it's anti-authority or pro-critical thinking. Either way, it's angry and I like it.
In an interview from the DVD bonus material, Oliver Stone references Homer's ILIAD and ODYSSEY when talking about his Vietnam films: PLATOON and BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY.
I can see what he means.
He made BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY a worthy film about the Vietnam War to follow PLATOON. Tom Cruise is EXCELLENT as the paralyzed veteran, based on the autobiography of real life Ron Kovic.
The cast features Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe whom also acted in PLATOON, although in different roles. Myra Sedgwick is ravishing
Oliver Stone makes a powerful and personal look at a soldier's life after the war, where America doesn't appreciate the same things it used to before Vietnam. Still Tom Cruise's best performance.
I went into Born on the Fourth of July pretty blind I knew the plot and who's in it but I had seen no footage trailers or any further plot details about the movie. After watching It this was a great decision because the less I knew the more I loved the movie!! this movie is a true masterpiece and is one of the best biopics I think ever.
One of the reasons I was definitly looking forward to watching this movie is the acting which is by far one of the best things about this movie. Tom Cruise once again gives what may be the best performances of his career!! He perfectly portrays the role of a kid who…
I hope that this film was as cathartic for Oliver Stone as he appears to have been trying for. As a viewer, I had the unfortunate phrase begin to pass through my head at about the half-way mark; "Isn't this over yet?" I thought the point the film had to make was certainly established loooooong before it ended.
Nota = 9
“Don’t say penis in this house!”
The second movie in Oliver Stone’s Vietnam-themed trilogy (after Platoon and followed by Heaven and Earth) takes an interesting approach at an otherwise very seen-before story. To make the focus of this ‘nam-movie the treatment of the soldiers after returning home is an interesting one and it’s comforting that the focus is after the war – because the actual war-scenes here are slapdash battles with characters we’ve never gotten to know and overall feels very sub-par compared to most other Vietnam-flicks.
It’s when Tom Cruise returns home the movie starts to shine – in some moments. There’s an interesting contrast in Born on the Fourth of July where Stone pushes on all the American…
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