Born on the Fourth of July

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Director(s): Oliver Stone
Production: Universal Pictures
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 25 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
145 min

It was a long time ago.

Sometimes I can still

hear their voices

across Sally's woods.

There was Billy,

Steve, Tommy,

and the tall kid from

down the street... Joey.

Yeah, it was

Joey Walsh.

My best friend

was Timmy Burns

who lived two blocks

away from me.

We turned the woods

into a battlefield

and dreamed that someday

we would become men.

Did you hear it?


Let's go, Timmy!

Let's go!

Come on, Major!

They've got to be

somewhere, Ronnie.

Watch out.

You've got to stay

in the ravine.



Go! Go! Go!

Look, there they are!

Wipe them out!



- Aah!

- Aah!


- Aah!

- Aah!

You're dead,

and you know it!

No, I'm not!

Ronnie's dead!

No, I'm not!

No, I'm not!

Look at the mayor.

I wonder where your mom is.

Where is that woman?



3 O'clock,

4 o'clock rock

5, 6, 7 o'clock

8 o'clock rock

9, 10, 11 o'clock,

12 o'clock rock

We're gonna rock

around the clock tonight

Put your glad rags on

And join me, hon

We'll have some fun

when the clock strikes 1:00

We're gonna rock around

the clock tonight



come back here!

Get out of the way!

Hey, you boys! Stop that!

When the band slows down

We're gonna yell for more

We're gonna rock around

the clock tonight

Donna! Donna!

Stevie Boyer

just gave Mary Barnett a ring.

Can you believe it?

Over there.


Come here,

come here.

What is this?

Is this

a firecracker?

What's wrong with you?



This is boring.

Yeah, square, man.

Look, Daddy,

the soldiers!

Happy birthday,

Ronnie Kovic.

For me?

Yes. Open it.

That's really

nice, Donna.

Say thank you,


Thanks, Donna, but

you didn't have to.

Going to

the woods tonight?

They'll have

fireworks there.

Should be

a real blast.

Yeah, O.K.

What is it?

Open it.

Leave him alone.


Hey, it's

the real thing, Ronnie.

Feel that.

Just like

Mickey Mantle, Ronnie.

Ain't he

a 4th of July firecracker

in that hat?

Yeah. He's my little

Yankee Doodle boy.

Hey, get it!

Get it!

Come on!

Let's go!

Did you like it?

I don't know.

I don't know.

Hey, look how many

push-ups I can do.

Wow! Yeah!


Come on, Ronnie!

Go, Ronnie, go!

Go, Ronnie!

You can do it!



Yes! That's my boy!

That's my boy!


Ronnie, you made it!

Yeah, all right!

Tommy! Ronnie!

Come on!

You're going to miss it!

Michelle! Barbara!

You've got to see this!

Not as a call

to bear arms,

though arms we need,

but a call

to bear the burden

of a long

twilight struggle,

a struggle against

the common enemies of man...

tyranny, poverty,

disease, and war itself.

You'll get a licking

if you're late!

In the long history

of the world,

only a few generations

have been granted the role

of defending freedom...

Look, President Kennedy,


That's right.

He's so handsome.

I do not shrink

from this responsibility,

I welcome it.

Let the word go forth

from this time and place

that the torch

has been passed

to a new generation

of Americans

born in this century.

Let every nation know

that we shall

pay any price,

bear any burden,

support any friend,

oppose any foe

to assure the survival

and the success

of liberty.

I had a dream, Ronnie,

the other night,

and you were speaking

to a large crowd

just like him.

Just like him.

And you were saying

great things.

And so,

my fellow Americans,

ask not what your country

can do for you,

ask what you can do

for your country.

Right! Right up!

Get out!

Got to get out!

You got to get out!

You got to get out!

Hit that switch!

Hit the switch!

All right,

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Oliver Stone

William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Stone came to public prominence between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s for writing and directing a series of films about the Vietnam War, in which he had participated as an infantry soldier. Many of Stone's films primarily focus on controversial American political issues during the late 20th century, and as such that they were considered contentious at the times of their releases. more…

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