Born on the Fourth of July (1989)


By Scott Goldfine

Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone profiles the story of disabled Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic in “Born on the Fourth of July.” Tom Cruise gives a gut-wrenching performance as Kovic — a man who transforms from a naïve, gung-ho patriot into a bitter anti-war activist.

The Stone-Cruise connection proves a volatile one in this intensely affecting film that also stars Tom Berenger, Stephen Baldwin, Kyra Sedgwick and Tom Sizemore. Rated R.


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