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Tom Cruise delivers a riveting and unforgettable portrayal of Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic in Oliver Stone's Academy Award-winning masterpiece. Based on a true story, the acclaimed film follows the young Kovic from a zealous teen who eagerly volunteers for the Vietnam War, to an embittered veteran paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Deeply in love with his country, Kovic returned to an environment vastly different from the one he left, and struggled before emerging as a brave new voice for the disenchanted.
The second film in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy moves from the brutality of war in Platoon to its equally traumatic aftermath. Based on the memoir of combat veteran Ron Kovic, the film stars Tom Cruise as Kovic, whose gunshot wound in Vietnam left him paralyzed from the chest down. He is deeply embittered by neglect in a veteran's hospital and by the shattering of his patriotic idealism because of the horror and futility of the Vietnam conflict. While painfully and awkwardly adjusting to his disability and a changing definition of masculinity, Kovic joins the burgeoning movement of antiwar protest, culminating in a climactic appearance at the 1976 Democratic national convention. A powerfully intimate portrait that unfolds on an epic scale, Born on the Fourth of July is arguably Stone's best film (if you can forgive its often strident tone), and Cruise's Oscar-nominated role is uncompromising in its depiction of one man's personal anguish and political awakening. --Jeff Shannon
Tom Cruise is a favorite so when this was recommended to me by a friend who says this is definitely relative to life's story, I ordered it. However, have not watched it yet.Published 4 days ago by Doreen
Movie is awesome but Amazon would let you rent it for just one even though they advertise 10 daysPublished 18 days ago by Banner Cuadra
One of my favorite Tom Cruise movies. He should have received an academy award for this performance. A hard film to watch, but worth it.Published 18 days ago by mham61
Great movie and glad I own it again. Forgot how great Cruise is in this film. Totally got robbed of an Oscar that year!Published 19 days ago by Joshua B.
Story line very true and right on. I spent 18 months in Southeast Asia, (Laos), and meet guys who experienced these things. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Quinn