Born on the Fourth of July

A story of innocence lost and courage found

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Podcast Release Date:
May 22, 2020

Tom Cruise ’80s Movie Star Series Episode 8

Spend Memorial Day Weekend saluting a patriot

Tom Cruise finishes out the 1980s playing real life Marine-turned-war protestor Ron Kovic in the Oscar-winning drama Born On The Fourth Of July. How did Oliver Stone convince Hollywood’s Top Gun to dirty his uniform, and join the Platoon director for a second tour of Vietnam? And did the wheelchair-bound actor deserve more respect, and maybe a few medals pinned to his chest, for being brave enough to ditch the sunglasses and change his image? Listeners will take home all the Gold Level glory when they show their support for Now Playing. Donate Today!

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Movie Details

Series
Tom Cruise '80s Star
Original Title
Born on the Fourth of July
Title
Born on the Fourth of July
Director
Oliver Stone
Author
Ron Kovic
Producer
Oliver Stone, A. Kitman Ho, Clayton Townsend, Joseph P. Reidy, Lope V. Juban Jr.
Writer
Actors
Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, Holly Marie Combs, Kyra Sedgwick, Tom Berenger, Rob Camilletti, Stephen Baldwin, Mark Moses, Vivica A. Fox, Lili Taylor, Jerry Levine, Frank Whaley, Willem Dafoe, Josh Evans, Bob Gunton, Cordelia González, Tony Frank, Jayne Haynes, Anne Bobby, Richard Panebianco, Tom Sizemore, Michael Wincott, Mike Starr, Ed Lauter, Daniel Baldwin, Brian Tarantina, Dale Dye, Norma Moore, Stacey Moseley, Oliver Stone, Sean Stone, Jenna von Oy, Ellen Pasternack, Joy Zapata, John Getz, David Warshofsky, Jason Gedrick, Bill Allen, William Baldwin, Claude Brooks, James Le Gros, William Mapother, Byron Minns, Markus Flanagan, R.D. Call, Corkey Ford, Rocky Carroll, Chris Pedersen, David Herman, Bruce MacVittie, Damien Leake, David Neidorf, Paul Sanchez, Billie Neal, Richard Poe, Jake Weber, Reg E. Cathey, Edie Brickell, Joseph P. Reidy, Beau Starr, Rick Masters, John Del Regno, Melinda Renna, Andrew Lauer, Ivan Kane, J.R. Nutt, Begonya Plaza, Edith Diaz, Anthony Pena, Peter Crombie, Ken Osborne, Alan Toy, Chuck Pfeiffer, William Wallace, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Frank Cavestani, John William Galt, Jack McGee, Jodi Long, Michelle Hurst, John C. McGinley, Wayne Knight, Elizabeth Hoffman, Lucinda Jenney, Annie McEnroe, Réal Andrews, Theresa Bell, Dean Denton, Ron Kovic, Delia Sheppard, Nick Nicholson, Henry Strzalkowski, Norman D. Wilson, Frank Girardeau, Donald Wilson, Craig T. Nelson, Jessica Prunell, Michael Guess, Ben Wright, Gale Mayron
Runtime
2 h 25 min
Release Date
20 December 1989
Genres
Drama, War
Overview
The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

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