Title: Born on the Fourth of July
Directed by Oliver Stone
Genre: War, Biopic, Available via DVD at Durham Tech Library
This movie was reviewed by Kyle Minton, Reference Librarian.
Why did you choose to watch this film?
I watched this the day before the 4th of July, primarily because of the holiday and I had not seen it before. It is notable for being part of Oliver Stone’s trilogy regarding the Vietnam War, which includes Platoon (1986) and Heaven and Earth (1993). The movie won Stone (who served in Vietnam as an Infantryman) his second Academy Award for Best Director and is based on a memoir written by Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic, who is portrayed by Tom Cruise in the film. The film follows a dramatized depiction of Kovic’s journey through military recruitment, active deployment and the war injury that paralyzes him below his chest. The film’s climax follows Kovic’s depression regarding his injury and adjustment to civilian life as the war rages on, until Kovic finds new vigor in participating in anti-war demonstrations with other Vietnam War veterans.
In addition to the DVD, Durham Tech Library has an eBook of the memoir available for users.Continue Reading →