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Born on the Fourth of July

The biography of Ron Kovic played by TOM CRUISE. 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.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Unflinching story of Vietnam vet turned activist.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this mature drama contains extreme and disturbing verbal and physical violence and graphic scenes depicting the Vietnam war and the protests against it. They should also know that the film includes scenes of sexual impotence and prostitution.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about issues surrounding what happens in war, including collateral damage, and perceptions and definitions of patriotism. Other possible explorations include how people can reject a war without betraying those who fight and how can people use their rights to peacefully express contradictory opinions.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A great performance by Cruise

- Clint Morris, Moviehole, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Stone does populist anti-war with a passion.

- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Stone has created a film whose overblown parts add up to far less than the epic whole he had in mind.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

5 stars

This is without a doubt my favorite Oliver Stone movie. It has all of the passion and and emotional depth in ten minutes that most Vietnam movies try to attain for 2 hours. Tom Cruise played an amazing Ron Kovic, you were able to see the entire breakdown and redemption of his character. I loved the message of the movie, it wasn't so much about action and physical damage of the war. It was about the complete destruction of hope for so many individuals. It's so heartbreaking to see such a good person have to suffer through so much.

- ythelastman89, Monday, November 29, 2010

5 stars

5 Star film about a Vietnam War veterans struggle with PTSD

- dukeakasmudge, Friday, October 23, 2009

4 stars

A more honest account this time from Stone which shows the brutal reality of the Vietnam war, it?s far superior to Platoon. Possibly the only time I think Cruise has really been great!

- SirPant, Thursday, September 24, 2009