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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, Kyra Sedgwick
  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Producers: Oliver Stone, A. Kitman Ho
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 July 2005
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4VEO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,969 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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War drama based on the autobiographical book by Ron Kovic. Tom Cruise plays Kovic, a man brought up in the God-fearing All-American tradition, the perfect material to fight for the US cause in Vietnam. However, nothing could prepare the young Marine for the horrors of the frontline and he returns home paralysed from chest down. Embittered, Kovic goes into a self-destructive downward spiral, until he finds new direction by joining the anti-war movement.

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The second film in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy moves from the brutality of war in Platoon to its equally traumatic aftermath. Based on the memoir of combat veteran Ron Kovic, the film stars Tom Cruise as Kovic, whose gunshot wound in Vietnam left him paralyzed from the chest down. He is deeply embittered by neglect in a veteran's hospital and by the shattering of his patriotic idealism because of the horror and futility of the Vietnam conflict. While painfully and awkwardly adjusting to his disability and a changing definition of masculinity, Kovic joins the burgeoning movement of antiwar protest, culminating in a climactic appearance at the 1976 Democratic national convention. A powerfully intimate portrait that unfolds on an epic scale, Born on the Fourth of July is arguably Stone's best film (if you can forgive its often strident tone), and Cruise's Oscar-nominated role is uncompromising in its depiction of one man's personal anguish and political awakening. --Jeff Shannon

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Nov. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Tom Cruise stars as war veteran Ron Kovic in this moving story of a man destroyed by a war he didn't believe in. The film starts off with Kovic as a teenager preparing to go to Vietnam, his only reason being his love for his country. Only a short period of the film is actually set in Vietnam as the film is about the consequences for one man rather than the war. Kovic is paralysed from the chest down during a gunfight, he is condemned to a chair for life. The film focuses on his struggle to come to terms with this and a powerful performance by Cruise conveys this perfectly. In my opinion this is by far Cruise's best performance in any film yet. Oliver Stone's direction is perfect and the supporting cast are all outstanding. This is, next to Apocalypse Now, the finest vietnam film ever made.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Oct. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I avoided this when it came out in 1989 having seen Coming Home (1978) and not wanting to revisit the theme of paraplegic sexual dysfunction and frustration. I also didn't want to reprise the bloody horror of our involvement in the war in Vietnam that I knew Oliver Stone was going to serve up. And Tom Cruise as Ron Kovic? I just didn't think it would work.
Well, my preconceptions were wrong.
First of all, for those who think that Tom Cruise is just another pretty boy (which was basically my opinion), this movie sets that mistaken notion to rest. He is nothing short of brilliant in a role that is enormously demanding--physically, mentally, artistically, and emotionally. I don't see how anybody could play that role and still be the same person. Someday in his memoirs, Tom Cruise is going to talk about being Ron Kovic as directed by Oliver Stone.
And second, Stone's treatment of the sex life of Viet Vets in wheelchairs is absolutely without sentimentality or silver lining. There are no rose petals and no soft pedaling. There was no Jane Fonda, as in Coming Home, to play an angel of love. Instead the high school girl friend understandably went her own way, and love became something you bought if you could afford it.
And third, Stone's depiction of America--and this movie really is about America, from the 1950s to the 1970s--from the pseudo-innocence of childhood war games and 4th of July parades down Main street USA to having your guts spilled in a foreign land and your brothers-in-arms being sent home in body bags--was as indelible as black ink on white parchment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 4 Dec. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This was my first viewing of the movie, and frankly I forgot when it was filmed. This was down to 2 factors: firstly it's all set in the past (50's 60's and 70's, all meticulously recreated), and secondly it has come out beautifully on blu-ray, with a clear, sharp print.
Within minutes it reminded me why Oliver Stone is still hailed as a great director. Although I've never been a huge fan of drama or Bio-pics, I was so fascinated by the cinematic sweep and incredible storytelling I forgot everything else going on around me.
Starting as the typical all-American boy, Tom Cruise's journey as Ron Kovic is told so well through Cruise's performance, Stone's direction and John William's emotive music that you're thoroughly swept up.
The American segments of the film almost have a Spielberg feeling of olden times America about them and are laden with period and charm. Once we get to Vietnam, Stone's power as a dramatic storyteller kicks in even harder with shockingly emotional and upsetting moments. These are so powerful that they take the breath away, and become the catalyst for everything that's going to happen later.
After 2 battle scenes that can be accurately referred to as his day going literally to hell, the film barely lets up.
Stone can do 'harrowing' better than most, and Kovic's hellish experiences in battlefield triage and then a filthy veterans' hospital back in the States are among the film's most shocking sequences.
Once back in the USA, the fervently patriotic Kovic finds his faith shaken by everything from his own family's opinions to those of his college sweetheart, and eventually begins to swing from disaffected and drunk to angry and liberal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank on 5 Sept. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The best: region free, very high quality on image and sound (english 5.1 HD MA), it contains several audio languages (french, italian, german, spanish, etc)
The worse: it could have had more bonus material

All in all, excellent purchase.
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I bought the normal DVD version and I have to say that the film quality was very average and that the sound escaped me on several occasions. I was not particularly impressed from that point of view – the Bluray I would hope is a big improvement?
Compared to ‘Platoon’ and ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ this film lags behind in some areas, though the ‘moral’ of the storyline is of course more compelling, though less expansive on all things Vietnam?
The film won an Academy Award and Tom Cruise a Golden Globe. It recouped its budget five-fold. However, for me it is not a great film, though, historically it’s important in the tale that it has to tell. There are several ‘Oh my God’ moments here but overall I felt the camera work of war was better done on films like Platoon.
If this film is a true account of what the ‘vet’s’ went through then America has truly been shamed, I can’t understand how the American public and administration allowed the horribly wounded to be treated in this awful way? There was a staggering 75,000 ‘severely disabled’ war vet’s after Vietnam?
And for what? - An ultimate defeat (whatever way you gloss it up) and an eventual realisation (now admitted) that they should never have become involved in the first place.
Vietnam was an American nightmare, the all-powerful bully massacring an estimated three million Vietnamese (a third of them innocent civilians), wrecking their country, poisoning their land and children and yet walking away with nothing? Their own people condemning them for what they were doing and did, war legacies galore - of war crimes, 30,000 drug addicted soldiers, murder within their own ranks and ultimately the poor ‘vets’ treated like it was all their fault?
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