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The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.


  • Tom Cruise
  • Bryan Larkin
  • Tom Cruise
  • Raymond J. Barry
  • Raymond J. Barry
  • Caroline Kava
  • Caroline Kava
  • Josh Evans
  • Josh Evans
  • Seth Allen
  • Jamie Talisman
  • Jamie Talisman
  • Anne Bobby
  • Sean Stone
  • Samantha Larkin
  • Anne Bobby
  • Tom Berenger
  • Frank Whaley
  • Jerry Levine

Did You Know?


  • The entire film was shot in shades of red, white, or blue, depending on the emotional level (battle scenes are all in reddish hues, dream sequences in white, sadness in blue, etc).
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  • Reeboks (first made in 1978) at a 1972 Republican convention.
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    • Ron Kovic: People say that if you don't love America, then get the hell out. Well, I love America.
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But Stone has found in Cruise the ideal actor to anchor the movie with simplicity and strength. Together they do more than show what happened to Kovic. Their fervent, consistently gripping film shows why it still urgently matters.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Nothing Cruise has done will prepare you for what he does in Born on the Fourth of July. His performance is so good that the movie lives through it. Stone is able to make his statement with Cruise's face and voice and doesn't need to put everything into the dialogue.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Stone's feisty, intensely personal style of film making is well-known. With Born on the Fourth of July we are treated to a poignant, spirited and captivating - for the broken heartedness of it all - performance by Tom Cruise. [25 Dec 1989, p.E1]

Metacritic review by Peter Stack
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle