Born on the Fourth of July 31 years old

A story of innocence lost and courage found

Born on the Fourth of July

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.

Credits

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise

Ron Kovic

John Getz
John Getz

Marine Major - Vietnam

William Mapother
William Mapother

Platoon - Vietnam

Vivica A. Fox
Vivica A. Fox

Hooker

Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe

Charlie

All Cast

Name Character
Tom Cruise He was 27, now 59 years old as Ron Kovic
Oliver Stone He was 43, now 74 years old as News Reporter
Vivica A. Fox She was 25, now 57 years old as Hooker
Lili Taylor She was 22, now 54 years old as Jamie Wilson
Tom Sizemore He was 28, now 59 years old as Vet - Villa Dulce
Sean Stone He was 4, now 36 years old as Young Jimmy Kovic
Dale Dye He was 45, now 76 years old as Infantry Colonel
Bob Gunton He was 44, now 75 years old as Doctor
David Neidorf He was 27, now 58 years old as Patient - VA Hospital
Jake Weber He was 25, now 57 years old as Donna's Boyfriend - Syracuse, NY
Wayne Knight He was 34, now 65 years old as Official #2 - Democratic Convention
Brian Tarantina He was 30, 60 years old when he died as Vet #2 - Miami Convention
Lucinda Jenney She was 35, now 67 years old as Passerby #2 - Democratic Convention
Mike Starr He was 39, now 71 years old as Man #1 - Arthur's Bar
Willem Dafoe He was 34, now 66 years old as Charlie
James Le Gros He was 27, now 59 years old as Platoon - Vietnam
Michael Wincott He was 31, now 63 years old as Vet - Villa Dulce
Joseph P. Reidy as Student Organizer - Syracuse, NY
Craig T. Nelson He was 45, now 77 years old as Marine Officer
Stephen Baldwin He was 23, now 55 years old as Billy Vorsovich
Raymond J. Barry He was 50, now 82 years old as Mr. Kovic
Jack McGee He was 40, now 72 years old as Democratic Delegate - Democratic Convention
Frank Whaley He was 26, now 58 years old as Timmy
John C. McGinley He was 30, now 61 years old as Official #1 - Democratic Convention, Pushing Wheelchair
Mark Moses He was 31, now 63 years old as Arzt
Chris Pedersen (actor) He was 26, now 58 years old as Aide #3 - VA Hospital
Ivan Kane as Vet - Villa Dulce
Paul Sanchez as Patient - VA Hospital
William Baldwin He was 26, now 58 years old as Platoon - Vietnam
Tom Berenger He was 40, now 72 years old as Recruiting Gunnery Sgt. Hayes
William Mapother He was 24, now 56 years old as Platoon - Vietnam
Delia Sheppard She was 28, now 60 years old as Protesting War Widow (uncredited)
John Getz He was 43, now 74 years old as Marine Major - Vietnam
Ed Lauter He was 51, 74 years old when he died as Legion Commander
Daniel Baldwin He was 29, now 60 years old as Vet #1 - Democratic Convention
Caroline Kava She was 40, now 71 years old as Mrs. Kovic
Kyra Sedgwick She was 24, now 55 years old as Donna
Rob Camilletti He was 25, now 57 years old as Tommy Finnelli
Holly Marie Combs She was 16, now 47 years old as Jenny
Jerry Levine He was 32, now 64 years old as Steve Boyer
Ron Kovic He was 43, now 75 years old as Parade Veteran (uncredited)
Rocky Carroll He was 26, now 58 years old as Willie - VA Hospital
Peter Crombie He was 37, now 69 years old as Undercover Vet - Miami Convention
Annie McEnroe She was 33, now 65 years old as Passerby #4 - Democratic Convention
David Warshofsky He was 28, now 60 years old as Lieutenant - Vietnam
John William Galt He was 49, now 81 years old as Fat Republican - Miami Convention
Reg E. Cathey He was 31, 59 years old when he died as Speaker - Syracuse, NY
Beau Starr He was 45, now 77 years old as Man #2 - Arthur's Bar
Jodi Long She was 35, now 67 years old as Reporter #1 - Democratic Conventon
Richard Poe He was 43, now 75 years old as Frankie - VA Hospital
Jason Gedrick He was 24, now 56 years old as Martinez - Vietnam
R. D. Call He was 39, now 71 years old as Chaplain - Vietnam
David Herman He was 22, now 54 years old as Patient - VA Hospital
Andrew Lauer He was 24, now 56 years old as Vet - Villa Dulce
Claude Brooks as Platoon - Vietnam
Michelle Hurst He was 47, now 79 years old as Reporter #2 - Democratic Conventon
Nick Nicholson He was 42, 63 years old when he died as Soldier (uncredited)
Chuck Pfeiffer as Secret Service Agent - Miami Convention
Frank Girardeau as Agent #1 - Miami Convention
Markus Flanagan He was 25, now 56 years old as Doctor - Vietnam
Frank Cavestani as Vet #3 - Miami Convention
Dean Denton as Marine Recruiter (uncredited)
Byron Minns He was 27, now 59 years old as Platoon - Vietnam
Bill Allen He was 27, now 58 years old as Platoon - Vietnam
Norman D. Wilson He was 51, 28 years old when he died as Veteran (uncredited)
Anthony Pena He was 42, now 74 years old as Bartender - Villa Dulce
Henry Strzalkowski as (uncredited)
Cordelia González She was 32, now 63 years old as Maria Elena
Edith Diaz She was 40, 60 years old when she died as Madame - Villa Dulce
Anne Bobby She was 22, now 53 years old as Suzanne Kovic
Bruce MacVittie He was 33, now 64 years old as Patient - VA Hospital
Alan Toy He was 39, now 71 years old as Paraplegic #3 - Miami Convention
Damien Leake He was 37, now 68 years old as Patient - VA Hospital
Tony Frank He was 46, 56 years old when he died as Mr. Wilson
Billie Neal She was 34, 44 years old when she died as Nurse Washington - VA Hospital
Stacey Moseley She was 13, now 45 years old as Young Donna's Friend
Richard Panebianco He was 18, now 50 years old as Joey Walsh
Melinda Renna as Barmaid - Arthur's Bar
Jayne Haynes as Mrs. Wilson
Begonya Plaza She was 23, now 55 years old as Charlie's Hooker - Villa Dulce
J.R. Nutt as Young Tommy
Jenna von Oÿ She was 12, now 44 years old as Young Suzanne Kovic
Réal Andrews He was 26, now 58 years old as Vet #2 - Democratic Convention
Eagle-Eye Cherry He was 21, now 53 years old as Vet #1 - Miami Convention
Ken Osborne He was 41, 67 years old when he died as Paraplegic #2 - Miami Convention
Norma Moore She was 54, now 86 years old as Massapequa Mom
William Wallace He was 719, 698 years old when he died as Agent #2 - Miami Convention
Josh Evans as Tommy Kovic

Crew

Name Department
Robert Richardson as Director of Photography. He was 34 (now 65) years old Camera
A. Kitman Ho as Producer. He was 10 (now 21) years old Production
Clayton Townsend as Producer. He was 32 (now 63) years old Production
Clayton Townsend as Production Manager. He was 32 (now 63) years old Production
Scott Martin Gershin as Sound Effects Editor. He was 29 (now 60) years old Sound
Joe Hutshing as Editor. He was 10 (now 21) years old Editing
David Brenner as Editor. He was 10 (14) years old when He died Editing
Judy L. Ruskin as Costume Design. Costume & Make-Up
Richard L. Johnson as Art Direction. Art
Derek R. Hill as Set Decoration. Art
Anastas N. Michos as Steadicam Operator. Camera
Chris Brigham as Production Supervisor. Production
Bruno Rubeo as Production Design. He was 43 (65) years old when He died Art
Gil Arceo as Stunt Coordinator. Crew
Ron Kovic as Author. He was 43 (now 75) years old Writing
Ron Kovic as Screenplay. He was 43 (now 75) years old Writing
Lope V. Juban, Jr. as Producer. Production
Born on the Fourth of July poster
Born on the Fourth of July (31 years)

A story of innocence lost and courage found

  • Release day: Wednesday, December 20, 1989
  • Runtime: 145 minutes
  • Budget: 14000000.00
  • Revenue: 161001698.00