* {{Anvilicious}}: The movie is either this or SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
* AwesomeMusic: One of JohnWilliams' most moving scores.
* HeartwarmingMoment: Kovic [[spoiler:being forgiven by Wilson's parents.]]
* MemeticMutation: See {{Narm}}.
* {{Narm}}: In what is otherwise an emotionally powerful and impacting scene, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBADjCeFnuU&t=3m22s following exchange occurs]]:
-->'''Mrs. Kovic (agitated):''' Don't say 'penis' in this house!
-->'''Ron:''' Penis! Penis! Big fucking erect penis, Mom! ''(shouting)'' [[LargeHam PENIS! PENIIIS!!!!!]]
** Also, the wheelchair fight between him and Charlie.
* UnfortunateImplications: Apparently, Kovic's realization that [[{{Anvilicious}} war is a]] [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped bad thing]] doesn't occur to him until he kills a fellow American soldier as a result of friendly fire... after felling a large number of Vietnamese people.
* {{Wangst}}: Kovic himself wasn't portrayed as sympathetically in this film. Instead, he was played out like an emotional adult.
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