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R| 2 hr. 24 min.

Plot Summary
In the mid 1960s, suburban New York teenager Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise) enlists in the Marines, fulfilling what he sees as his patriotic duty. During his second tour in Vietnam, he accidentally kills a fellow soldier during a retreat and later becomes permanently paralyzed in battle. Returning home to an uncaring Veterans Administration bureaucracy and to people on both sides of the political divide who don't understand what he went through, Kovic becomes an impassioned critic of the war.

Cast: Tom Cruise , Willem Dafoe , Kyra Sedgwick , Raymond J. Barry , Caroline Kava , Bryan Larkin , Jerry Levine , Josh Evans

Director: Oliver Stone

Genres: Docudrama

Distributor: Universal Pictures, Image Entertainment Inc., Universal Home Entertainment, MCA/Universal Pictures [us], Warner Home Vídeo

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Release Date: December 20th, 1989|2 hr. 24 min.

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  • But Stone has found in Cruise the ideal actor to anchor the movie with simplicity and strength. Together they do more than show what happened to Kovic. Their fervent, consistently gripping film shows why it still urgently matters. show more

  • Stone's feisty, intensely personal style of film making is well-known. With Born on the Fourth of July we are treated to a poignant, spirited and captivating - for the broken heartedness of it all - performance by Tom Cruise. [25 Dec 1989, p.E1] show more

  • A fresh-slant Vietnam picture in which lead Tom Cruise achieves indisputable greatness, July is otherwise a "more often than not'' achievement. But though it's as full of itself as Stone's watchably windy Talk Radio, the film's roundhouse punches propel you into remote Mike Tyson-land when they connect. [20 Dec 1989, p.1D] show more

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