Patriotic Philms Phor the 4th – #7 of 10 – Born on the Fourth of July (1989) – Encore Review


In order to celebrate the 245th birthday of the US, I decided to watch 10 films over the weekend that are related to the patriotism of the founding fathers and of Americans on a whole.  On Monday, I will culminate this series with something connected to a very special project that I have been working on over the past few months… stay tuned…

“No, let me tell you something, Ron. You will NEVER walk again” – Doctor

Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (cable in the 80’s and 90’s, video, DVD, 3 Jul 2017 and 4 Jul 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of Ron Kovic who volunteered to fight in Vietnam and after being injured and paralyzed became an anti-war activist.

My Take on it – Great biopic that works so well in showing another side of the fight in Vietnam.

Tom Cruise is superb in the lead role and gives one of the best performances of his career as Kovic because we can really feel for the character in a very emotional way.

Oliver Stone directs this film is such an amazing way and gives the audience so much to care about while watching the changes that this character goes through over the course of the film.

This is the middle film of Stone’s Vietnam trilogy which shows the way that war can affect someone’s life in such a profound way.

He deservingly won Best Director for his work here even if the film eluded winning Best Picture that year.

The movie is able to give the viewer such a powerful look at the way war can affect people on both physical and emotional levels.

The activism of the main character is shown through a gradual pace and that helps make the viewer get a clear understanding as to how such a change can take place over the course of  a few years.

The fact that Cruise was born on the 3rd of July and Kovic was born on the 4th is yet another reason that it is so fitting for this movie to be a part of this series.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  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). (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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