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Vietnam on Film: Born on the Fourth of July (1989) 35mm

Opens on April 22

Director: Oliver Stone Run Time: 145 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1989

Starring: Caroline Kava, Holly Marie Combs, Kyra Sedgwick, Raymond J. Barry, Tom Cruise

Country: United States
Language: English, Spanish

Vietnam on Film: 50 Years Later

A collection of films presenting the war’s origins and lasting impact. Presented by Gateway Film Center in partnership with the National Veterans Museum, the National Veterans Film Festival, and the Ohio History Connection.

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About the film:

A true story of innocence lost and courage found. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, Ron Kovic becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Director Oliver Stone tackles thought-provoking subject matter in his adaptation of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic’s best-selling autobiography. The film received eight nominations at the 62nd Academy Awards – including Best Picture and Best Actor for Tom Cruise – and won for Best Director.

“the most ambitious nondocumentary film yet made about the entire Vietnam experience… it connects the war of arms abroad with the war of conscience at home.”

New York Times

About the filmmaker:

Oliver Stone is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter known for stories focusing on controversial American political issues of the late 20th century. Stone served as an infantry soldier in the Vietnam War, which informed his critically acclaimed war dramas that include the Academy Award winners Platoon (1986) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989), followed by Heaven & Earth (1993). His other features include financial drama Wall Street (1987), the action comedy Natural Born Killers (1994), biopics The Doors (1991) and Snowden (2016), and a trilogy of films based on American presidents: JFK (1991), Nixon (1995), and W. (2008). Stone also won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as writer of Alan Parker’s Midnight Express (1978).

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