Born on the Fourth of July1989

Stars: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, Josh Evans
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Rating: R
Runtime: 145 minutes

The second film in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy moves from the brutality of war in Platoon to its equally traumatic aftermath. Based on the memoir of combat veteran Ron Kovic, the film stars Tom Cruise as Kovic, whose gunshot wound in Vietnam left… more »

Steve Boyer:
You could start out as a cashier... and then work your way up to becoming a manager of one of these places - just like your dad.

Ron Kovic:
I get $1700 a month from the government. I think I'm just going to lay low, and look around...

Steve Boyer:
[dismissively] That's charity money, Ronnie; this isn't.

Ron Kovic:
Charity?

Steve Boyer:
All I'm saying is that you got to - you got to put the war behind you, you know; you got to forget about this chair you're in!

Ron Kovic:
[leans forward] Sometimes, Stevie, I think people, they know you're back from Vietnam, and their face - changes: the eyes, the voice, the way they look at you, you know.

Steve Boyer:
I know what you mean, Ronnie, but people here - they don't give a shit about the war! Yeah! To them it's just a million miles away. It's all bullshit, anyway. I mean, the government sold us a bill of goods and we bought it, and got the shit kicked out of us, and for what, huh?

Ron Kovic:
What do you mean, "we," Stevie? You were in college, man.

Steve Boyer:
[shrugs his shoulders] You bought that Communist bullshit, Ronnie. Yeah, they were going to take over the world, you remember that? Fenelli, you, Walsh - the whole town was devastated. [pause] For what? For lies, for bullshit lies?

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