Born on the Fourth of July

Born on the Fourth of July
Born on the Fourth of July
  • R
  • 2h 24m
  • 1989
Certified Fresh89%
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Tom Cruise delivers a riveting and unforgettable portrayal of Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic in Oliver Stone's Academy Award®-winning masterpiece. Based on a true story, the acclaimed film follows the young Kovic from a zealous teen who eagerly volunteers for the Vietnam War, to an embittered veteran paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Deeply in love with his country, Kovic returned to an environment vastly different from the one he left, and struggled before emerging as a brave new voice for the disenchanted.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh89%
Critics Consensus: Led by an unforgettable performance from Tom Cruise, Born on the Fourth of July finds director Oliver Stone tackling thought-provoking subject matter with ambitious élan.
Variety Staff

Tom Cruise, who takes Kovic from clean-cut eager teen to impassioned long-haired activist, is stun...

June 21, 2017
Time Out

A compelling, elegiac film, particularly encouraging after the simplified morality of Platoon.

June 21, 2017
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers

Stone has found in Cruise the ideal actor to anchor the movie with simplicity and strength.

June 16, 2017
Washington Post
Hal Hinson

This is an impassioned movie, made with conviction and evangelical verve. It's also hysterical and...

June 16, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Unflinching, violent story of Vietnam vet turned activist.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Born on the Fourth of July is a 1989 Oliver Stone movie based on the nonfiction book written by Ron Kovic, a gung-ho Marine whose hellish experiences during and after Vietnam transformed him into an anti-war activist. This mature drama contains extreme and disturbing verbal and physical violence and graphic scenes depicting the Vietnam War and the protests against it. Women and children are shown lying dead in pools of their own blood. Soldiers are shown falling to the ground after being hit in the head by bullets; gory injuries are shown. They should also know that the film includes scenes of sexual impotence and prostitution, with bare breasts shown. Profanity is frequent -- especially "f--k" and its variations. Alcoholism, PTSD, and the myriad frustrations of veterans are addressed. Unlike so many other movies that glamorize and romanticize war, this movie does not flinch from the horrors of battle and what so many soldiers try to live with after coming home from tours of duty.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 20, 1989
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