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

Crew

Oliver Stone
Director
Oliver Stone
Producer
Joseph P. Reidy
Producer
Clayton Townsend
Producer
A. Kitman Ho
Producer
Ron Kovic
Book Author
Ron Kovic
Screenwriter
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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