Born On the Fourth of July [Special Edition] [DVD] [1989]

  • SKU: 6804568
  • Release Date: 10/19/2004
  • Rating: R
Director Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning feature arrives on DVD in fine form in Universal Studios' special-edition release. The feature is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and offers audio rendered in English Dolby Digital Stereo. In addition to the film itself, this disc also offers feature commentary by the director and the archival NBC News featurette "Back Story -- Born on the Fourth of July.
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    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (43 out of 45)

    Special Features


    • Feature commentary with writer/director Oliver Stone
    • NBC news archives: Back story - Born on the Fourth of July

    Synopsis


    Born on the Fourth of July
    The second of three films by co-writer/director Oliver Stone to explore the effects of the Vietnam War (Platoon and Heaven and Earth 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

    Cast & Crew


    • Tom Cruise
      Tom Cruise - Ron Kovic
    • Raymond J. Barry
      Raymond J. Barry - Mr. Kovic
    • Caroline Kava
      Caroline Kava - Mrs. Kovic
    • Kyra Sedgwick
      Kyra Sedgwick - Donna
    • Willem Dafoe
      Willem Dafoe - Charlie



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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Tom Cruise's Best Performance

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      Jmart
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      Nowadays we all know Cruise as an action-man who will go above and beyond what normal actors do in terms of stunts (hanging out of an airplane in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation). However, he used to give nuanced performances small dramas, or he would at least mix them in with his big action roles (Eyes Wide Shut is the last one that springs to mind, but I'm sure I'm forgetting a couple). In 1988 and 1989 he had the one-two punch of Rain Man (in which he was great even if Hoffman is giving the showy-er performance) and Born on the Fourth of July. Aside from maybe Rain Man and Magnolia, Born on the Fourth of July gives us Cruise as his very best. It's a must watch if you haven't seen it and like Tom Cruise.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      One of Cruise best performances

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      1989 American war drama film adaptation of the best-selling autobiography of the same name by Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic.[2] Tom Cruise plays Ron Kovic, in a performance that earned him his first Academy Award nomination. Oliver Stone (himself a Vietnam veteran) co-wrote the screenplay with Kovic, and also produced and directed the film. Stone wanted to film the movie in Vietnam, but because relations between the United States and Vietnam had not yet been normalized, it was instead filmed in the Philippines. The film is considered part of Stone's "trilogy" of films about the Vietnam War—following Platoon (1986) and preceding Heaven & Earth (1993).

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Odd but interesting

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      AndresSalazar
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      This movie is not an action movie. Is more of one that deals with the overall trauma after the Vietnam War, and how some dealt with what happened to them. Tom Cruise kinda plays out if his usual "action/hero" persona in this film, portraying a real life individual who in the end protested against the government for the injustice that they put it through.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Odd yet Compelling

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      AndresSalazar
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      This is a film by Oliver Stone, so of course it's going to have polarizing views to some people. Nevertheless, Tom Cruise's performances was excellent and you actually grow to care about his character. It's a pretty "out of character " on his part, as people mainly see him as the strong hero in other films, and he never shows much vulnerability, but here he does just that.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      fun movie

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      General
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      I really enjoyed this one. I wasn't sure at first if it was going to be any good, but I figured I would give it a try. Excellent performance, great depiction of what it's like to come home from Vietnam. Wounded on the outside and on the inside. A little sad in places, not for younger audiences.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Movie

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      NintendoFan
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      This movie is great, (except for the part that the story is so off point that the Marine whose story this is based on tried to sue the producers - which is to be expected from "based on a true story") The visuals and sound are amazingly improved now that the movie is on Blu-Ray.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the great American war films

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      Jack
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      Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July is not only one of the best American war films, but it's one of the few made by a veteran. A great companion piece to Platoon and a career-best performance by Tom Cruise.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A masterpiece!

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      Nick556
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      Gives a life like glimpse of what the Vietnam War did to America during the late 60's and 70's. Also shows how despicable the VA hospitals were and some still are. Cruse's preformance is extraordaniary!

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