Born On The Fourth Of July


(out of 5)

The second part of Oliver Stone’s Vietnam trilogy is this biography of veteran Ron Kovic, upon whose book the film is based, with  doing a fantastic job of bringing great levels of drama and pathos to the role. It was the sort of dramatic breakthrough he needed, especially considering that his excellent work in Rain Man a year before had gone completely ignored in favour of co-star Dustin Hoffman.  Kovic leaves for Vietnam a wide-eyed, excited adventurer and comes back paralysed below the waist and with a broken spirit. Not only has he destroyed his body for his country, but now his country is embarrassed by him and what he represents as a survivor of a war that no one wants to admit happened.  is magnificent as Kovic’s superior in the battlefield, and the film is technically achieved with much finesse: Stone does a fantastic job of combining the lyrical cinematography and John Williams’ grand score with skilful editing and gory, realistic battle sequences.


USA, 1989

Directed by

Screenplay by Oliver Stone, , based on the book by Ron Kovic

Cinematography by

Produced by , , Oliver Stone

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1989

Golden Globe Awards 1989

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