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Cruise plays a wounded Vietnam vet that struggles to find his new purpose after the war wasn't what he had expected.
An extremely powerful film.
Oliver Stone directed film about the interesting life of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic.
I say interesting, Kovic (excellently portrayed by Tom Cruise) becomes a confident, athletic, top of the PE class student to a crippled, wheelchair bound anti-war protester in a few years haunted by his own experiences in the U.S. war that became a noose around the country's neck, the Vietnam War.
Director Stone seems to have cornered the Vietnam War film market, he is a veteran himself so deserves the accolade.
Kovic becomes wounded, nearly dying in action for the Marines.
Back home he along with other wounded in action troops are treat awfully in rehabilitation hospitals and a medic slips about cutbacks.
The conditions are awful.
Kovic goes home to his bible bashing parents but soon spirals into a life of drink and paralised sexual experiences in Mexico. Still retaining some pride at his and his country's 'sacrifice' in action despite the growing anti-war resentment he faces by hippy protesters and alike.
The last straw is being physically removed from the 1972 Republican 'Dick' Nixon convention.
He is redeemed by being made a welcome addition to the '76 Democratic convention. The staunchly proud of his nation and its military intervention in the Vietnam War now being staunchly opposed to it.
His own experiences through the film showing why his ideals may have changed so much.
At times harrowing, but nevertheless an engaging 145 minute or so experience.
Stone, like his earlier Vietnam War film, Platoon has brought an excellent film to the public.
As a sidenote. The first Tom Cruise film I have seen in his career up to 1989 (I have yet to review Rain Man) that shows his acting abilities to the full.
Also, a Spielberg like musical score from John Williams.
The best, GREATEST inspiring movie ever made! With the best movie character ever portrayed: Tom Cruise as Ron Kovic!
i've come to dispise tom cruise but the story is ture well played and i had the honor of hearing ron kovic speak in 1973 where i had marched behind thousands of vietnam veterans against the war at the huge. largely uncovered, protest in dc on Nixon's inauguration day.
Tom Cruise is more than just Tom Cruise in this flick. He may be the greatest movie star of all time but he is also a damn fine actor. Oliver Stone follows up his first Vietnam flick Platoon, with another dramatic gut punch.
Cruise is fantastic in the film, but it’s too full. Stone tries to cover the entire life of Ron Kovic, who’s autobiography the film is based on. His turn from devoted American to social activist against the war isn’t developed strong enough to make it feel like a natural conclusion.
Pretty good 4 th of July movie starring Tom cruise.
Though some scenes I felt could've been cut out, Born on the Fourth of July is still a well-directed and powerful movie that features possibly Tom Cruise's greatest performance.
resurrected for incarcerating..
Born On The Fourth Of July
Starring : Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava and Willem Dafoe Screenwriter : Ron Kovic and Oliver Stone Director : Oliver Stone
3 and a half out of 5
Born On The Fourth Of July is a character driven feature whose protagonist goes through a challenging emotional phase in his life after encountering some inedible and gut-wrenching truth back at the war. Such war based features often follow a rudimentary process that undermines the creativity or the originality of the material, but in here, it stands along on its format, as each single lose thread of the feature is reconnected or used up again wisely by the makers attaining the perfect balance of the drama of the characters and the brutality of the practicality projected in here. The camera work is plausible even though it could have been shot with more appetizing or at least attention seeking work, and it may be short on background score, sound effects and art design but is perfectly edited.
Oliver Stone; the screenwriter-director, keeps the audience engaged through its brilliant execution skill and his manipulative dramatic shots that easily breaks down into tears. Tom Cruise is in his A game (especially break down sequence where he confesses his sins) and doing some of his career's best work despite of not getting the essential support from the cast except for Willem Dafoe who helps him survive a mid-act sequence.
Born On The Fourth Of July is resurrected on incarcerating, both the good and bad deeds, whose unexpected influence led humankind to its doom.