Born on the Fourth of July

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 him paralyzed from the chest down. He is d…






Ron Kovic:
Am I good? Hey

Ron Kovic:
, am I good?

Willie:
Man, you're one crazy Marine, Kovic -- so gung-ho and everything, but you don't know shit about what's really happenin' in this country.

Ron Kovic:
F*** you, Willie.

Willie:
I'm serious man. It ain't about burnin' the flag and Vietnam, man. While we fight for rights over there, we ain't got no rights at home. It's about Detroit and Newark, man. It's about racism, man.

Ron Kovic:
Is that right?

Willie:
Because you can't get no job at home. Vietnam is a white man's war, a rich man's war.

Ron Kovic:
(contemptuously) Where's my money?

Willie:
I'm serious, man, you gotta read some books. There's a revolution going on, Kovic. Brothers are gettin' it together, and if you ain't part of the solution, man, then you're part of the problem.

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