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Born on the Fourth of July

Year:
Duration:
145 min
Genres:
Biography | Drama | War
IMDB rate:
7.2
Director:
Oliver Stone
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 18 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1990-01-05
Filming Locations: Milo Butterfingers - Dallas, Texas, USA
Earnings
Budget: $14,000,000
Gross: $70,001,698 (USA)$161,001,698 (worldwide)
Cast
Actor
Character
Tom Berenger
Tom Berenger
Born on the Fourth of July
Holly Marie Combs
Holly Marie Combs
Born on the Fourth of July
Tom Cruise
Ron Kovic
Raymond J. Barry
Mr. Kovic
Caroline Kava
Mrs. Kovic
Josh Evans
Tommy Kovic
Jamie Talisman
Jimmy Kovic
Anne Bobby
Suzanne Kovic
Samantha Larkin
Patty Kovic
Frank Whaley
Timmy
Jerry Levine
Steve Boyer
Richard Panebianco
Joey Walsh
Rob Camilletti
Tommy Finnelli
Stephen Baldwin
Billy Vorsovich
Michael McTighe
Danny Fantozzi
Richard Haus
Recruiting Sgt. Bowers
Kevin Harvey Morse
Jackie Kovic
Kyra Sedgwick
Donna, Ron's Girlfriend
Karen Newman
Hooker - Villa Dulce
Tom Sizemore
Vet - Villa Dulce
Michael Wincott
Vet - Villa Dulce
Mike Starr
Man #1 - Arthur's Bar
Ed Lauter
Legion Commander
Daniel Baldwin
Vet #1 - Democratic Convention
Brian Tarantina
Vet #2 - Miami Convention
Liz Moore
Fat Lady at Parade
Dale Dye
Infantry Colonel
Norma Moore
Massapequa Mom
Stacey Moseley
Young Donna's Friend
Mel Allen
Himself (voice)
Richard Grusin
Coach
Harold Woloschin
Umpire
Ryan Beadle
Ballplayer
Sean McGraw
Young Donna's Father
Bryan Larkin
Young Ron Kovic
Oliver Stone
News Reporter
Seth Allen
Young Tommy Kovic
Sean Stone
Young Jimmy Kovic
Jenna von Oÿ
Young Suzanne Kovic
Mike Miller
Neighbor
Ellen Pasternack
Neighbor
Joy Zapata
Neighbor
Bob Tillotson
Truck Driver
John Getz
Marine Major - Vietnam
David Warshofsky
Lieutenant - Vietnam
Jason Gedrick
Martinez - Vietnam
Michael Compotaro
PFC Wilson, Marine Shot by Kovic
Paul Abbott
Platoon - Vietnam
Bill Allen
Platoon - Vietnam
William Baldwin
Platoon - Vietnam
Claude Brooks
Platoon - Vietnam
Michael Smith Guess
Platoon - Vietnam
James Le Gros
Platoon - Vietnam (as James LeGros)
William Mapother
Platoon - Vietnam (as William R. Mapother)
Christopher W. Mills
Platoon - Vietnam
Byron Minns
Platoon - Vietnam
Ben Wright
Platoon - Vietnam
Markus Flanagan
Doctor - Vietnam
R.D. Call
Chaplain - Vietnam
John Falch
Corpsman - Vietnam
Dan Furnad
Corpsman - Vietnam
Fred Geise
Corpsman - Vietnam
Greg Hackbarth
Corpsman - Vietnam
Don Wilson
Corpsman - Vietnam
Corkey Ford
Marvin - VA Hospital
Rocky Carroll
Willie - VA Hospital
Sami Chester
Aide #2 - VA Hospital
Chris Pedersen
Aide #3 - VA Hospital
Chris Walker
Aide #4 - VA Hospital
Willie Minor
Eddie - VA Hospital
David Herman
Patient - VA Hospital
Bruce MacVittie
Patient - VA Hospital
Damien Leake
Patient - VA Hospital
David Neidorf
Patient - VA Hospital
Paul Sanchez
Patient - VA Hospital
Richard Lubin
Patient - VA Hospital
Norm Wilson
Patient - VA Hospital
Peter Benson
Patient - VA Hospital
Sergio Scognamiglio
Patient - VA Hospital
Billie Neal
Nurse Washington - VA Hospital
Richard Poe
Frankie - VA Hospital
Bob Gunton
Doctor #1 - VA Hospital
Vivica A. Fox
Hooker - VA Hospital (as Vivica Fox)
Mark Moses
Optimistic Doctor - VA Hospital
Abbie Hoffman
Strike Organizer - Syracuse, NY
Jake Weber
Donna's Boyfriend - Syracuse, NY
Reg E. Cathey
Speaker - Syracuse, NY
Edie Brickell
Folk Singer - Syracuse, NY
Keri Roebuck
Woman - Syracuse, NY
Geoff Garza
Young Radical - Syracuse, NY
Joseph P. Reidy
Student Organizer - Syracuse, NY (as Joseph Reidy)
Erika Geminder
Young Patty
Amanda Davis
Baby Patty
Beau Starr
Man #2 - Arthur's Bar
Rick Masters
Man #3 - Arthur's Bar
John Del Regno
Friend #1 - Arthur's Bar
Gale Mayron
Friend #2 - Arthur's Bar
Lisa Barnes
Friend #3 - Arthur's Bar
Melinda Renna
Barmaid - Arthur's Bar (as Melinda Ramos Renna)
Jason Klein
Young Timmy
Willem Dafoe
Charlie - Villa Dulce
Jessica Prunell
Young Donna
Lane R. Davis
Young Steve
Andrew Lauer
Vet - Villa Dulce
Johnny Pinto
Young Joey (as John Pinto)
Ivan Kane
Vet - Villa Dulce
Ed Jupp Jr.
Vet - Villa Dulce
Michael Sulsona
Vet - Villa Dulce
Cordelia González
María Elena, Hooker - Villa Dulce (as Cordelia Gonzalez)
J.R. Nutt
Young Tommy
Edith Diaz
Madame - Villa Dulce
Anthony Pena
Bartender - Villa Dulce
Eduardo Ricaro
Cab Driver - Villa Dulce
Tony Frank
Mr. Wilson - Georgia
Jayne Haynes
Mrs. Wilson - Georgia
Lili Taylor
Jamie Wilson - Georgia
Elbert Lewis
Cab Driver - Georgia
Peter Crombie
Undercover Vet - Miami Convention
Kevin G. McGuire
Paraplegic #1 - Miami Convention (as Kevin McGuire)
Ken Osborne
Paraplegic #2 - Miami Convention
Alan Toy
Paraplegic #3 - Miami Convention
Chuck Pfeiffer
Secret Service Agent - Miami Convention
Frank Girardeau
Agent #1 - Miami Convention
William Wallace
Agent #2 - Miami Convention
Chip Moody
TV Anchor - Miami Convention
Eagle Eye Cherry
Vet #1 - Miami Convention
Philip Amelio
Young Billy
Frank Cavestani
Vet #3 - Miami Convention
Jimmy L. Parker
Vet #4 - Miami Convention
William G. Knight
Chief Cop - Miami Convention (as William Knight)
David Carriere
Hippie - Miami Convention
John William Galt
Fat Republican - Miami Convention (as John Galt)
Jack McGee
Democratic Delegate - Democratic Convention
Kristel Otney
Woman #1 - Democratic Convention
Pamela S. Neill
Woman #2 - Democratic Convention
Jodi Long
Reporter #1 - Democratic Conventon
Michelle Hurst
Reporter #2 - Democratic Convention
Cody Beard
Young Danny
John C. McGinley
Official #1 - Democratic Convention, Pushing Wheelchair (as John McGinley)
Wayne Knight
Official #2 - Democratic Convention
Elizabeth Hoffman
Passerby #1 - Democratic Convention
Lucinda Jenney
Passerby #2 - Democratic Convention
Lorraine Morin-Torre
Passerby #3 - Democratic Convention
Annie McEnroe
Passerby #4 - Democratic Convention
Réal Andrews
Vet #2 - Democratic Convention
John Achorn
(uncredited)
Chris Adamec
Orderly (uncredited)
Ran Barker
Bobby (uncredited)
Theresa Bell
Democratic Conventioner (uncredited)
Dean Denton
Marine Recruiter (uncredited)
Jedidiah Esparza
Parade Attendee (uncredited)
Luv Adele Gaerlan
Girl Selling Barbecued Pork (uncredited)
Allan Hale
Miami Convention Member (uncredited)
Ron Kovic
Parade Veteran (uncredited)
Dean Mauro
Conventioneer (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Maureen Mendoza
Little girl (uncredited)
Mark Miller
Soldier (uncredited)
Íce Mrozek
Syracuse Friend (uncredited)
Nick Nicholson
Soldier (uncredited)
Steven Novak
Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
Bud Sabatino
Father at Parade (uncredited)
Delia Sheppard
Protesting War Widow (uncredited)
E. Lee Smith
Vietnam Veteran (uncredited)
Marvin Frank Stone III
Parade Attendee (uncredited)
Henry Strzalkowski
(uncredited)
Steve Thomas
Gazebo Speech Attendee (uncredited)
Mark Edward Walters
Parade Attendee (uncredited)
Claude Whitscell
Prom Date (uncredited)
Norman D. Wilson
Veteran (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
According to Ed Lauter, he thought about the deaths of his mother and his friends Lee Marvin and Robert Ryan to help him get into character for his scene. He did 10 takes.
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Star Tom Cruise was actually born on the third of July.
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The film's anti-war message meant that Universal were very nervous about its box office chances so they kept the budget low. To keep costs down, most of the cast didn't receive an upfront salary.
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Goofs
During a scene identified as July 4, 1969, the Kovic family is watching Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Laugh-In aired on Monday evenings, and July 4, 1969 was a Friday.
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In the scene depicting the Republican National Convention and Ron Kovic's attempt to access the convention hall, Kovic is shown wearing medals on his right breast. One of the Medals he is wearing is an Army Commendation Medal, since Kovic was a Marine he would not have been awarded an Army Medal.
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Reeboks (first made in 1978) at a 1972 Republican convention.
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Quotes
Ron Kovic: We went to Vietnam to stop communism!... We shell women and children!
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Mrs. Kovic: [almost sobbing] Don't say penis in this house!
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Ron Kovic: They burned the flag and they demonstrated against us; it's on the cover of the paper today. They have no respect. They have no idea what's going on over there, Mom - the men that are sacrificing their lives. People are dying every day over there, and nobody back here even seems to care. It's a bunch of goddamn shit if you ask me!
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Faq
Q
Were conditions in the veteran's hospitals really that bad for returning Vietnam War soldiers?
A
They were that bad and worse. Because the war effort was costing the United States government so much money in equipment, supplies, missions, etc, there was little money that was budgeted to take care of the soldiers who returned home. Kovic talks about the hospital he lived in extensively in his book.
Q
Why is Ron's superior officer so callous about Ron's shooting of Wilson?
A
The officer didn't want the incident to be associated with his unit or his own reputation. An incident like this one could hurt the morale of the unit and Ron could easily be ostracized. Additionally, the officer would have had to answer to an investigation of the shooting which could damage his reputation with his superiors.
Q
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
A
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Born on the Fourth of July can be found here.
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