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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…
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…
Ultimamente no dejo de sorprenderme del nivel de Tom Cruise y de lo ductil q es como actor.
Esta pelicula es uno de los mejores ejemplos, el proceso del personaje es muy natural y esta impecablemente ejecutado. Y x las dudas la dirige Oliver Stone.
Wow what a brilliant performance by Tom Cruise. He plays a gun hoe marine during the Vietnam war that enlists because all he has ever wanted was to serve his country. During his second tour he is shot and paralyzed from the mid-chest down. From this point he is returned home and we follow him as he goes to the Veteran Hospital for recovery and then home to live with his parents. At first he is constantly saying that everything is alright and he is proud of the decision he made to go to war for his country. However over time his interactions with people involved in the protests against the war and dealing with his life in a wheelchair…
Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July is a movie that sticks with you for a very long time. Ive seen it many times since it first came out in 1989 and with each viewing it remains as powerful as the first time I saw it. I like how the film deals with the innocence of being a child and growing up with one outlook on war, then the horrors of the battlefield, and then the obvious physical scars from the war Ron Kovic has, but then also the emotional and psychological scars after coming home from the war, then to be greeted by an America that was very much having its own issues at home. I think Oliver…
This movie made me sad. Sad because of the horrors of war that it showed. Sad because of how the veterans were treated. Sad because the world is still sending young men to war. And sad because Tom cruise demonstrated how talented of an actor he is. I never realized he was capable of such a great performance. I feel like all these years he has been playing himself in dumb action movies have been a waste of a career. I''m not saying I don't enjoy his action movies, he does make good movies. I just now realize that he is capable of so much more. This was a good movie.
This movie is a disaster. That wig. I still have nightmares about that wig.
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