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Born on the 4th of July [VHS] [1990]
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 2 May 2015
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? 'My Lai' is touched on in this film, and yet the same public who turned on their own troops, campaigned for the release of William Calley, who orchestrated the massacre of 500 unarmed Vietnam villagers - Oh the irony?
And who are now putting the country of Vietnam back on its feet - the Communists!
What an almighty mess all round this was for America, and what a ghastly carnage they caused and then left behind - with some 6.5 million displaced refugees ( the boat people) fleeing their country?
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on 1 July 2017
Strictly speaking, I'm not a fan of Tom Cruise (I hate his Scientology connections....) BUT this is a GREAT, classic movie. An insight into how it was for our soldiers during the Vietnam War and what they had to contend with when they returned. I'd recommend this to anyone!
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on 2 February 2017
Tom Cruise is brilliant as the legendary Ron Kovic. Superb cast and crew throughout. Briefly showing his life before being posted to Vietnam then cut short by critical injuries the next year followed by a struggling recovery at the grim Bronx veterans hospital. Finding very difficult to re-ajust back to home life in a wheelchair he takes time out in Mexico and returns to front demonstration's during the Nixon period along with his former war colleagues. A powerful and heart moving film. To watch time again and again. Just need to read Kovics book now.
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on 23 July 2015
Born on the 4th of July is, in my opinion, one of the best Vietnam war movies made and the first time i appreciated what a great actor Tom Cruise actually is....superb!
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on 27 July 2017
Nice movie, one of my many cheap HD-DVD's when standard was dropped.
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on 15 March 2015
Id watched this film a few years ago but had forgotten what a brilliant portrayal of how hard it is for war veterans to cope following a harrowing campaign. Tom Cruise is brilliant, as well as the supporting cast. Many parts of it shocked me which I'm sure it was made to do, and its realism really hits home as anything less would not have done the film justice and portrayed the arena of the Vietnam war so harrowingly.
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on 13 October 2017
good story brings back memories of the era.
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on 26 September 2017
Haven't watched it as yet. But very happy with item.
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on 12 February 2018
Good movie - no problems
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on 22 August 2017
Love Tom
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