Born on the Fourth of July (1989)


The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralysed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.


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 paralysed 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.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director: Oliver Stone.
  • Writers: Ron Kovic (book); Ron Kovic & Oliver Stone (screenplay).
  • Released Date: 20 December 1989 (limited release in the US); 05 January 1990 (general release in the US).
  • Running time: 145 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English & Spanish.

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