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UPC: 025193286628
UPC 14: 00025193286628
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A Story of Innocence Lost and Courage Found.
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 this 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.

"...a knockout...uses a crippled Vietnam veteran's disability as metaphor for a country's paralysis.  Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"...fervent, consistently gripping film...  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Oliver Stone again shows America to itself in a way it won't forget.  Variety

Editor's Note
Set in the years between 1956 and 1976; Produced and released in 1989.

One of the best films made about the devastating impact of the Vietnam War on the body politic, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY is superbly executed by director Oliver Stone, who evokes what may be Tom Cruise's best performance as Vietnam vet Ron Kovic. Before the war starts, Kovic is a normal American kid, going to school, hanging out with his friends, and bagging groceries for pocket money. But as the Vietnam conflict begins to impact the lives of everyone around him, the patriotic teenager decides to enlist. Although his father (Raymond J. Berry) is not happy with his decision, his mother (Caroline Kava) could hardly be more enthusiastic. Once in combat, Kovic becomes disillusioned with his commanding officer (John Getz) who dismisses the fact that Kovic accidentally shot one of their own men in combat. Shortly thereafter, Kovic is paralyzed from the chest down by a bullet in the spine. He must begin a lengthy and excruciatingly painful rehabilitation, which includes a period in the shockingly negligent Bronx Veteran's Hospital. He finally returns to his hometown, now a confused, embittered, and alienated man. His family is also unsettled, unsure about how to deal with this very changed person. After a dissipated spree with other disabled vets like Charlie (Willem Dafoe), Kovic begins talking to antiwar activists like Donna (Kyra Sedgwick) and starts to reevaluate his thinking. In sum, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY is a deeply moving true account of the effects of war on its survivors.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Dolby, Digital Audio

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal Home Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/12/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 145 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1989
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 61032866
Video UPC UPC: 00025193286628
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Frank Whaley
Video Cast Info Kyra Sedgwick
Video Cast Info Raymond J. Barry
Video Cast Info Stephen Baldwin
Video Cast Info Tom Berenger
Video Cast Info Tom Cruise
Video Cast Info Tom Sizemore
Video Cast Info Willem Dafoe
Video Cast Info David Brenner - Editor
Video Cast Info Joe Hutshing - Editor
Video Cast Info John Williams - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Oliver Stone - Writer
Video Cast Info Oliver Stone - Director
Video Cast Info Oliver Stone, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Richard L. Johnson - Art Director
Video Cast Info Robert Richardson - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Ron Kovic - Writer
Video Cast Info Victor Kempster - Art Director


Winner (1990)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Oliver Stone, Best Director - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Born on the Fourth of July, Best Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Tom Cruise, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Ron Kovic, Oliver Stone, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, Oliver Stone, Best Director
   Video Award Name Oscar, David Brenner, Joe Hutshing, Best Film Editing

Nominee (1990)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Tom Cruise, Best Actor in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, A. Kitman Ho, Oliver Stone, Best Picture

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...Tom Cruise gives an astounding, deeply felt performance..." 01/11/1990 p.29

New York Times
"...A film of enormous visceral power....[Cruise's performance] defines everything that is best about the movie..." 12/20/1989 p.C15

New York Times
Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1989" List 12/24/1989 p.II, 22

USA Today
"...Cruise sets himself apart from the rest by proving with stunning ferocity that the most popular guy at the movies can also be a fine actor..." 01/05/1990 p.1D

Entertainment Weekly
Rating: B 07/08/1994 pp.58-9

Total Film
"...You'd be hard pressed to remain untouched by the trials of paralysed Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic....Gripping during the pre-war and combat sequences..." 10/01/1999 p.102

"This '89 epic features cameos from Kovic himself and anti-war legend Abbie Hoffman." 08/01/2005 p.135

Washington Post 9 of 10
Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July unfurls itself with an ambitious flourish, like a stirring, patriotic anthem. It's his Main Street symphony, and in every frame, you feel his passion to make a grandiose social statement, to unload the movie equivalent of the Great American Novel and to define our age. In every frame you feel him emptying out his heart and soul. This is an impassioned movie, made with conviction and evangelical verve. It's also hysterical and overbearing and alienating. Using Ron Kovic's autobiographical account of his lower-middle-class, small-town American upbringing, Stone stretches an epic canvas and splatters onto it all his beliefs about Vietnam, America, family, patriotism, and just about everything that's happened here in the last quarter-century. - Hal Hinson

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
Writer-director [Oliver] Stone, who based his earlier film Platoon on his own war experiences, has been trying to film the [Ron] Kovic story for years...Nothing Cruise has done will prepare you for what he does in Born on the Fourth of July...This is a film about ideology, played out in the personal experiences of a young man who paid dearly for what he learned. Maybe instead of anybody getting up in Congress and apologizing for the Vietnam War, they could simply hold a screening of this movie on Capitol Hill and call it a day. - Roger Ebert

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