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Born on the Fourth of July [Blu-ray/DVD] [Includes Digital Copy]

  • R
  • Blu-ray/DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Set in the years between 1956 and 1976; Produced and released in 1989.

    One of the best films made about the devastating impact of the Vietnam War on the body politic, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY is superbly executed by director Oliver Stone, who evokes what may be Tom Cruise's best performance as Vietnam vet Ron Kovic. Before the war starts, Kovic is a normal American kid, going to school, hanging out with his friends, and bagging groceries for pocket money. But as the Vietnam conflict begins to impact the lives of everyone around him, the patriotic teenager decides to enlist. Although his father (Raymond J. Berry) is not happy with his decision, his mother (Caroline Kava) could hardly be more enthusiastic. Once in combat, Kovic becomes disillusioned with his commanding officer (John Getz) who dismisses the fact that Kovic accidentally shot one of their own men in combat. Shortly thereafter, Kovic is paralyzed from the chest down by a bullet in the spine. He must begin a lengthy and excruciatingly painful rehabilitation, which includes a period in the shockingly negligent Bronx Veteran's Hospital. He finally returns to his hometown, now a confused, embittered, and alienated man. His family is also unsettled, unsure about how to deal with this very changed person. After a dissipated spree with other disabled vets like Charlie (Willem Dafoe), Kovic begins talking to antiwar activists like Donna (Kyra Sedgwick) and starts to reevaluate his thinking. In sum, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY is a deeply moving true account of the effects of war on its survivors.

    Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1989
    Academy Awards Best Director 1989 Oliver Stone Director/Screenwriter/Prod.

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  • Credits
    Tom Cruise, Thomas Cruise Mapother, Kyra Sedgwick, Raymond J. Barry, Willem Dafoe, William Dafoe, Frank Whaley, Jerry Levine, Bryan Larkin, Samantha Larkin, Robert Camilletti, Rob Camilletti, Caroline Kava, Seth Allen, Anne Bobby, Richard Panebianco, Stephen Baldwin, Jason Gedrick, John Getz, David Warshofsky, James Le Gros, Ben Wright, Markus Flanagan, R.D. Call, Christopher Walker, Vivica A. Fox, Vivica Fox, Bob Gunton, Mark Moses, Edie Brickell, Abbie Hoffman, Holly Marie Combs, Tom Sizemore,
  • Critic Reviews
    Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1989" List
    New York Times

    Rating: B
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Tom Cruise gives an astounding, deeply felt performance..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...A film of enormous visceral power....[Cruise's performance] defines everything that is best about the movie..."
    New York Times

    "...Cruise sets himself apart from the rest by proving with stunning ferocity that the most popular guy at the movies can also be a fine actor..."
    USA Today

    "...You'd be hard pressed to remain untouched by the trials of paralysed Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic....Gripping during the pre-war and combat sequences..."
    Total Film

    "This '89 epic features cameos from Kovic himself and anti-war legend Abbie Hoffman."
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