The second of three films by co-writer/director Oliver Stone to explore the effects of the Vietnam War (Platoon and Heaven and Earth are the others), Born On The Fourth Of July tells the true story of Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise), a patriotic, All-American small town athlete who shocks his family by enlisting with the Marines to fight in the Vietnam War. –fandango.com
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success.
After dropping out of Yale University, Oliver Stone became a soldier in the Vietnam War. Serving in two different regiments (including 1rst Cavalry), he was introduced to The Doors, drugs, Jefferson Airplane, and other things that defined the sixties. For his actions in the war, he was awarded a Bronze Star for Gallantry and a Purple Heart. Returning from the war, Stone did not return to graduate from Yale. His first film was a student film entitled Last Year in Viet Nam (1971), followed by the gritty horror film Seizure (1974) for which he also wrote the screenplay. The next seven years saw him direct two films: Mad Man of Martinique (1979) and The Hand (1981), starring Michael Caine. He also wrote many screenplays… read more
I generally hate Oliver Stone with a passion, but I was stunned at how much I liked this movie. Other than Magnolia, I don't think there is a movie where Tom Cruise has been more open, vulnerable, and convincing than this. By that I mean, in everything I've seen Cruise in, I'm usually aware that he his playing the role. In this role, Cruise is invisible and I just see the character. Very powerful, stirring film.
Il solo fatto che Tom Cruise sia bravo e convincente, lo rende un grande film. Ma Nato il 4 luglio gode anche di una sceneggiatura bellissima, di un messaggio di fondo pacifista e antimilitare splendido, e di una regia di Stone incredibilmente pulita. Massacra l'american way guerrafondaio e non si risparmia sugli effetti della guerra sui corpi (e le menti) dei soldati. Davvero bello. ****
é un film che fà male. Pone all attenzione dello spettatore la continua contrapposizione tra la gloria del tipico costume americano (Dio,Patria e Famiglia) e la disillusione e lo scoramento di una realtà che spesso si preferisce ignorare. Stone riesce a fare ciò con scene di fortissimo impatto emotivo e con magnifici salti temporali,attuati grazie ad un montaggio strepitoso. Crudo e tagliente come pochi altri. 4*
The trick with Born on the Fourth of July is to keep the volume down as low as possible and then try to synch up horribly inappropriate pop music with the histrionic images on screen. Trust me, it makes the film a lot more enjoyable.
Is this a movie that I’d just watched? Wow, I’m really impressed from everything that I’ve seen, from start to end, in the viewpoint of one man’s struggle for rights and patriotism, and that is Ron… read review
An incredibly textured, multi-layered and introspective epic about America, the effects of the Vietnam war, and how the nation changed.
BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY is based on the book of the… read review