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Born on the Fourth of July

7.22 h 24 min199018
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.
Oliver Stone
Tom CruiseBryan LarkinRaymond J. Barry
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Caroline KavaJosh EvansSeth AllenJamie TalismanSean StoneAnne BobbyJenna von Oÿ
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4.5 out of 5 stars

752 global ratings

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Charlene G.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 July 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very well done, just not my thing
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Tom Cruise plays his part with all the intensity and dedication we have all come to expect from him. I don't doubt that all the rigorous training he is shown putting in for his time on the school wrestling team was very real, he's not known for taking half measures. Similarly the direction Born on the Fourth of July is brilliantly handled by Oliver Stone, who of course had first hand experience in Vietman. It can't be described as a war film as that part of it is very short, it basically shows the aftermath through the eyes of Ron Kovic, a veteran paralysed from the chest down, his descent into self pity, and recrimination and how he turns his life around by joining the antiwar movement. For me it just isn't that interesting. I thought this when I watched it many years ago and my view hasn't changed on seeing again. Maybe it's my lack of sympathy for the main character as portrayed by Cruise but it doesn't engage me as other films have.
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LaineyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 July 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fabulous acting and a fabulous true story of learning and determination
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What a fantastic film! Based on a true story about the Vietnam war. Ron is still alive and campaigning to this very day. It is a is very moving and inspirational story of a very brave man who stood up after the war and told the truth of what the men went through. Great acting by Tom Cruise!
WilliamJReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A CountryDivided Then ...And Still
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Great film cast and acting. Camera work stupendous. Worth every penny the dvd cost. Unfortunately, nothing seems to have been learned over the years in USA.
ButterflyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Vietnam. War plus effect on the participents
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Fantastic war movie. Even more impressive is the after effects of the war upon those who participated.
CazJazReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 February 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
The brilliant Born on the 4th of July.
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Tom Cruise is brilliant as the legendary Ron Kovic. Superb cast and crew throughout. Briefly showing his life before being posted to Vietnam then cut short by critical injuries the next year followed by a struggling recovery at the grim Bronx veterans hospital. Finding very difficult to re-ajust back to home life in a wheelchair he takes time out in Mexico and returns to front demonstration's during the Nixon period along with his former war colleagues. A powerful and heart moving film. To watch time again and again. Just need to read Kovics book now.
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LyndyLousUKReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 July 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Strictly speaking, I'm not a fan of Tom Cruise (I hate his Scientology connections....) BUT this is a GREAT, classic movie. An insight into how it was for our soldiers during the Vietnam War and what they had to contend with when they returned. I'd recommend this to anyone!
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TylerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 May 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing movie
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Tom Cruise should have won a Oscar for this!
NettaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 July 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Always loved this film. An eye-opener for so many uninformed about war.
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