BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY (1989)
A film by Oliver Stone.
Cast: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava.
Kovic (Tom Cruise) came back from the war but he is paralyzed from the waist down. It took a couple years to seek in. By that time he hits bottom, he is a hateful man and by that time he drinks to death and frequent Mexican whore houses for a major portion of his life, this portion that inspired the autobiographical Born on the 4th of july. Tom Cruise has been praise how great of an actor he is. But when you see this terrific performance you are wondering why he didn’t become a character actor. Kovic went to fight from his country and knew that he could come back killed or wounded. Ron Kovic, star athlete and high school hero, was the kind of kid waiting to hear that message The one from Kennedy “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” The problem with the Vietnam war it should have happened. And if you are Kovic a young man at the time there is no way of knowing that. There is a great scene where Kovic is in the military hospital it show the military care system that is hopeless. Kovic screams out for a suction pump that will drain a wound that might cost him his leg. He will never have feeling of his leg but it is his and a distracted doctor explains about equipment shortages and budget cutbacks in care for the wounded vets. Back in the civilian life Kovic is the hero at the 4th of july parade. When a bystander flip him the finger he gets more rage inside of him. He finds that he will never be understood and more rage comes along. His parent are afraid of his rage and wants him out of the house. You see him with a bunch of disable of Vietnam vets in a Mexican whore house doing drugs and having sex with prostitutes ti kill the pain. A movie like that has never been done before a soldier who comes back from the war and changes its mind about it. Great performance By Tom Cruise. He should got the oscar for that one.