History Literature / BornOnTheFourthOfJuly

10th Feb '17 4:11:45 PM CumbersomeTercel
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The autobiography of Vietnam War Vet. Ron Kovic, ''Born on the Fourth of July'' was published in 1976. In 1989, the film version directed by Creator/OliverStone and starring TomCruise as Kovic was released. Stone won his second Oscar as director, his third overall, and Cruise got his first Oscar nomination. This is also his second film about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, following ''{{Film/Platoon}}'' and followed by ''Film/HeavenAndEarth''. These three films are often said to form a "trilogy", although they merely share subject matter and do not take place in a shared continuity.

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The autobiography of Vietnam War Vet. Ron Kovic, ''Born on the Fourth of July'' was published in 1976. In 1989, the film version directed by Creator/OliverStone and starring TomCruise Creator/TomCruise as Kovic was released. Stone won his second Oscar as director, his third overall, and Cruise got his first Oscar nomination. This is also his second film about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, following ''{{Film/Platoon}}'' and followed by ''Film/HeavenAndEarth''. These three films are often said to form a "trilogy", although they merely share subject matter and do not take place in a shared continuity.
11th Nov '16 9:56:01 PM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Subverted; Kovic tries to have sex after his tours of duty, but even with a prostitute, he can't enjoy the experience.
6th Nov '16 8:00:58 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Like ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' and ''Film/{{Platoon}}'', scenes in Vietnam were actually shot in the Philippines due to the political climate.
15th Jul '16 5:10:20 PM TropersAnonymous
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Ron Kovic, a young man from Long Island, goes off to fight in Vietnam. During his second tour of duty, Kovic accidentally kills a fellow soldier, Private Wilson, which deeply scars him emotionally. During a firefight, Kovic is permanently paralyzed from the waist down. Once he is discharged, Kovic comes home a changed man. He feels that his country hasn't done much of anything to help his fellow Vietnam veterans. Subsequently, he joins the anti-war movement. And goes to Mexico.

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Ron Kovic, a young man from Long Staten Island, goes off to fight in Vietnam. During his second tour of duty, Kovic accidentally kills a fellow soldier, Private Wilson, which deeply scars him emotionally. During a firefight, Kovic is permanently paralyzed from the waist down. Once he is discharged, Kovic comes home a changed man. He feels that his country hasn't done much of anything to help his fellow Vietnam veterans. Subsequently, he joins the anti-war movement. And goes to Mexico.
17th Apr '16 1:57:45 PM gallium
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17th Apr '16 1:46:28 PM gallium
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* UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar

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* UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWarThematicSeries: Part of Oliver Stone's series of Vietnam War films that started with ''Film/{{Platoon}}'' and ended with ''Film/HeavenAndEarth''.
17th Apr '16 1:38:29 PM gallium
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* NothingButHits: "Rock Around the Clock" is heard during a military parade in Ron's hometown in 1956.
19th Feb '16 6:34:18 AM Berrenta
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* TheMerch: Deconstructed, as the film ended up inspiring unofficially merchandise in the form of "Ron Kovic" Halloween costumes and an unofficial (in terms of not getting the license for the actor's appearance) adult collectible 1/6th scale action figure of Tom Berenger from the film, as Berenger has a single scene in the film where he gives a recruitment speech for the Marines in dress blues at the start of the film.
3rd Feb '16 10:34:25 PM jormis29
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* AuthorTract: Probably Oliver Stone's most preachy film. QuentinTarantino once quipped that everything coming out of Tom Cruise's mouth in the film is {{Anvilicious}}.

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* AuthorTract: Probably Oliver Stone's most preachy film. QuentinTarantino Creator/QuentinTarantino once quipped that everything coming out of Tom Cruise's mouth in the film is {{Anvilicious}}.



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31st Oct '15 2:00:34 PM Morgenthaler
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The autobiography of Vietnam War Vet. Ron Kovic, ''Born Oon the Fourth of July'' was published in 1976. In 1989, the film version directed by Creator/OliverStone and starring TomCruise as Kovic was released. Stone won his second Oscar as director, his third overall, and Cruise got his first Oscar nomination. This is also his second film about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, following ''{{Film/Platoon}}'' and followed by ''Film/HeavenAndEarth''. These three films are often said to form a "trilogy", although they merely share subject matter and do not take place in a shared continuity.

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The autobiography of Vietnam War Vet. Ron Kovic, ''Born Oon on the Fourth of July'' was published in 1976. In 1989, the film version directed by Creator/OliverStone and starring TomCruise as Kovic was released. Stone won his second Oscar as director, his third overall, and Cruise got his first Oscar nomination. This is also his second film about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, following ''{{Film/Platoon}}'' and followed by ''Film/HeavenAndEarth''. These three films are often said to form a "trilogy", although they merely share subject matter and do not take place in a shared continuity.
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