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The second of three films by co-writer/director Oliver Stone to explore the effects of the Vietnam War (Oliver Stone and Oliver Stone are the others), Born On The Fourth Of July tells the true story of Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise), a patriotic, All-American small town athlete who shocks his family by enlisting with the Marines to fight in the Vietnam War. Once he is overseas, however, Kovic's gung-ho enthusiasm turns to horror and confusion when he accidentally kills one of his own men in a firefight. His downfall is furthered by a bullet wound that leaves him paralyzed from the chest down. He returns home, spends an appalling, nightmarish stint in a veterans' hospital, and follows an increasingly disillusioned and fragmented path that ultimately leaves him drunk and dissolute in Mexico. However, Kovic somehow turns himself around and pulls his life together, becoming an outspoken anti-war activist in the process. The film is long but emotionally powerful; many consider it Stone's best work and Cruise's best performance. Both were nominated for Oscars, as was the film itself, but only Stone, who co-wrote the film with Kovic from the latter's book, won for Best Director. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:December 20, 1989

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joe Hutshing Best Editing 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Minkler Best Sound 1989 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Oliver Stone Best Director 1989 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Oliver Stone Best Screenplay 1989 Winner
Directors Guild of America Oliver Stone Best Director 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oliver Stone Best Director 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oliver Stone Best Adapted Screenplay 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oliver Stone Best Picture 1989 Nominee
Berlin International Film Festival Oliver Stone Golden Berlin Camera 1990 Winner
Berlin International Film Festival Oliver Stone In Competition 1990 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ron Kovic Best Screenplay 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ron Kovic Best Adapted Screenplay 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Wylie Stateman Best Sound 1989 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Williams Best Original Score 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Williams Best Score 1989 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tom Cruise Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Cruise Best Actor 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Brenner Best Editing 1989 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers Robert Richardson Best Cinematography 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Richardson Best Cinematography 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences A. Kitman Ho Best Picture 1989 Nominee

Cast

Tom Cruise
as Ron Kovic
Raymond J. Barry
as Mr. Kovic
Caroline Kava
as Mrs. Kovic
Kyra Sedgwick
as Donna
Brian Larkin
as Young Ron
Willem Dafoe
as Charlie
Jerry Levine
as Steve Boyer
Josh Evans
as Tommy Kovic
Jamie Talisman
as Jimmy Kovic
Anne Bobby
as Susanne Kovic
Frank Whaley
as Timmy
John Getz
as Marine Major
David Warshofsky
as Lieutenant
Rocky Carroll
as Willie
Cordelia Gonzalez
as Maria Elena
Tony Frank
as Mr. Wilson
Jayne Haynes
as Mrs. Wilson
Claudio Brook
as [Vietnam]
Robert Camilletti
as Tommy Finnelli
Reg E. Cathey
as Speaker
Dale Dye
as Infantry Colonel
Corky Ford
as Marvin
Bob Gunton
as Doctor
James LeGros
as Platoon
Eduardo Ricardo
as Cab Driver
Christopher Walker
as Aide
Seth Allen
as Young Tommy
Sean Stone
as Young Tommy
Samantha Larkin
as Patty Kovic
Erika Geminder
as Young Patty
Amanda Davis
as Baby Patty
Jessica Prunell
as Young Donna
Richard Panebianco
as Joey Walsh
John Pinto
as Young Joey
J.R. Nutt
as Young Tommy
Stephen Baldwin
as Billy Vorsovich
Michael McTighe
as Danny Fantozzi
Cody Beard
as Young Danny
Harold Woloschin
as Umpire
Richard Grusin
as Coach
Tom Berenger
as Recruiting Sergeant
Richard Haus
as Recruiting Sergeant
Melvin Allen
as Himself
Ed Lauter
as Legion Commander
Liz Moore
as Fat Lady at Parade
Sean McGraw
as Young Donna's Father
Oliver Stone
as News Reporter
Norma Moore
as Massapequa Mom
Stacey Moseley
as Young Donna's Friend
Michael Miller
as Neighbor
Ellen Pasternack
as Neighbor
Joy Zapata
as Neighbor
Bob Tillotson
as Truck Driver
Jason Gedrick
as Martinez
Michael Compotaro
as Wilson
Paul Abbott
as Platoon
Bill Allen
as Platoon
William Baldwin
as Platoon
Claude Brooks
as Platoon
Michael Smith Guess
as Platoon
William Mapother
as Platoon
Byron Minns
as Platoon
Markus Flanagan
as Doctor
R.D. Call
as Chaplain
John Falch
as Corpsman
Dan Furnad
as Corpsman
Greg Hackbarth
as Corpsman
SaMi Chester
as Aide
Willie Minor
as Eddie
David Herman
as Patient
Bruce MacVittie
as Patient
Damien Leake
as Patient
David Neidorf
as Patient
Paul Sanchez
as Patient
Richard Lubin
as Patient
Norm Wilson
as Patient
Peter Benson
as Patient
Sergio Scognamiglio
as Patient
Billie Neal
as Nurse Washington
Richard Poe
as Frankie
Vivica A. Fox
as Hooker
Mark Moses
as Doctor
Abbie Hoffman
as Strike Organizer
Jake Weber
as Donna's Boyfriend
Edie Brickell
as Folksinger
Geoff Garza
as Young Radical
Joseph P. Reidy
as Student Organizer
Holly Marie Combs
as Jenny
Andrew Lauer
as Vet
Edith Diaz
as Madam
Ken Osborne
as Paraplegic
Eagle-Eye Cherry
as Vet
John Galt
as Fat Republican
Frank Girardeau
as Agent
Ron Kovic
as Veteran at Parade (uncredited)
Chip Moody
as TV Anchor
Elbert Lewis
as Cab Driver
Alan Toy
as Paraplegic
William Wallace
as Agent
Peter Crombie
as Undercover Vet
Mike Starr
as Man
Brian Tarantina
as Vet
Wayne Knight
as Official
Gale Mayron
as Friend
Annie McEnroe
as Passerby
Keri Roebuck
as Woman
Elizabeth Hoffman
as Passerby
Ivan Kane
as Villa Vet
Begonia Plaza
as Charlie's Whore [Villa Dulce]
Tom Sizemore
as Vet
John C. McGinley
as Official
Don "The Dragon" Wilson
as Corpsman
Lili Taylor
as Jamie Wilson [Georgia]
Daniel Baldwin
as Vet
David Carriere
as Miami Hippie
Chuck Preiffer
as Secret Service Agent
Michael Sulsona
as Villa Vet
Frank Cavestani
as Vet
Karen Newman
as Whore
Rick Masters
as Man
Michelle Hurst
as Reporter
Real Andrews
as Vet
Kristel Otney
as Woman
Jack McGee
as Democratic Delegate
Michael Wincott
as Vet
Chris Pederson
as Aide
Lucinda Jenney
as Passerby
Jodi Long
as Jane the Reporter
John del Regno
as Friend
Beau Starr
as Man
Melinda Ramos Renna
as Bar Maid
Anthony Pena
as Bartender
William Hubbard Knight
as Chief Cop
Lorraine Morin-Torre
as Passerby
William Hubbard Knight
as Chief Cop
Anthony Pena
as Bartender
Jessica Prunell
as Young Donna
Melinda Ramos Renna
as Bar Maid
Beau Starr
as Man
Christopher Walker
as Aide
Markus Flanagan
as Doctor
Corky Ford
as Marvin
Lorraine Morin-Torre
as Passerby
Dan Furnad
as Corpsman
John del Regno
as Friend
Ed Lauter
as Legion Commander
John Pinto
as Young Joey
Sergio Scognamiglio
as Patient
William Mapother
as Platoon
Jodi Long
as Jane the Reporter
Bill Allen
as Platoon
Tom Berenger
as Recruiting Sergeant
Lucinda Jenney
as Passerby
Chris Pederson
as Aide
Cody Beard
as Young Danny
Michael Compotaro
as Wilson
Jason Gedrick
as Martinez
Bob Tillotson
as Truck Driver
Jack McGee
as Democratic Delegate
Dale Dye
as Infantry Colonel
Oliver Stone
as News Reporter
Michael Wincott
as Vet
Kristel Otney
as Woman
Amanda Davis
as Baby Patty
Abbie Hoffman
as Strike Organizer
Peter Benson
as Patient
Erika Geminder
as Young Patty
Richard Haus
as Recruiting Sergeant
Harold Woloschin
as Umpire
Eduardo Ricardo
as Cab Driver
Real Andrews
as Vet
Mark Moses
as Doctor
Claudio Brook
as [Vietnam]
Michelle Hurst
as Reporter
Rick Masters
as Man
Michael Smith Guess
as Platoon
Karen Newman
as Whore
Edie Brickell
as Folksinger
Norm Wilson
as Patient
Greg Hackbarth
as Corpsman
Michael McTighe
as Danny Fantozzi
Frank Cavestani
as Vet
Chuck Preiffer
as Secret Service Agent
Joseph P. Reidy
as Student Organizer
Michael Miller
as Neighbor
Michael Sulsona
as Villa Vet
David Carriere
as Miami Hippie
Billie Neal
as Nurse Washington
Joy Zapata
as Neighbor
Sean McGraw
as Young Donna's Father
Lili Taylor
as Jamie Wilson [Georgia]
Daniel Baldwin
as Vet
William Baldwin
as Platoon
Claude Brooks
as Platoon
Don "The Dragon" Wilson
as Corpsman
John C. McGinley
as Official
Tom Sizemore
as Vet
Richard Poe
as Frankie
Begonia Plaza
as Charlie's Whore [Villa Dulce]
Damien Leake
as Patient
SaMi Chester
as Aide
Ivan Kane
as Villa Vet
Ellen Pasternack
as Neighbor
Keri Roebuck
as Woman
Elizabeth Hoffman
as Passerby
Richard Panebianco
as Joey Walsh
J.R. Nutt
as Young Tommy
Annie McEnroe
as Passerby
Gale Mayron
as Friend
Robert Camilletti
as Tommy Finnelli
Stephen Baldwin
as Billy Vorsovich
R.D. Call
as Chaplain
Sean Stone
as Young Tommy
Reg E. Cathey
as Speaker
Wayne Knight
as Official
James LeGros
as Platoon
Mike Starr
as Man
Brian Tarantina
as Vet
Paul Abbott
as Platoon
Peter Crombie
as Undercover Vet
Stacey Moseley
as Young Donna's Friend
William Wallace
as Agent
David Herman
as Patient
Richard Grusin
as Coach
Paul Sanchez
as Patient
Alan Toy
as Paraplegic
Elbert Lewis
as Cab Driver
John Galt
as Fat Republican
David Neidorf
as Patient
Samantha Larkin
as Patty Kovic
Jake Weber
as Donna's Boyfriend
Vivica A. Fox
as Hooker
Richard Lubin
as Patient
Chip Moody
as TV Anchor
Frank Girardeau
as Agent
John Falch
as Corpsman
Seth Allen
as Young Tommy
Geoff Garza
as Young Radical
Ron Kovic
as Veteran at Parade (uncredited)
Liz Moore
as Fat Lady at Parade
Bob Gunton
as Doctor
Holly Marie Combs
as Jenny
Byron Minns
as Platoon
Eagle-Eye Cherry
as Vet
Bruce MacVittie
as Patient
Norma Moore
as Massapequa Mom
Willie Minor
as Eddie
Melvin Allen
as Himself
Ken Osborne
as Paraplegic
Andrew Lauer
as Vet
Edith Diaz
as Madam

Crew

Oliver Stone
Director
Oliver Stone
Producer
Joseph P. Reidy
Producer
Clayton Townsend
Producer
A. Kitman Ho
Producer
Ron Kovic
Screenwriter
Ron Kovic
Book Author
Oliver Stone
Screenwriter
Robert Richardson
Cinematographer
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Joe Hutshing
Editor
David Brenner
Editor
Bruno Rubeo
Production Designer
Victor Kempster
Art Director
Richard L. Johnson
Art Director
Oliver Stone
Co-producer
A. Kitman Ho
Co-producer
Derek R. Hill
Set Designer
Judy Ruskin
Costume Designer
Sharon Ilson
Makeup
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