In one of his best performances, Tom Cruise stars as Kovic, a Marine wounded in a firefight and paralyzed from the chest down. Based on the autobiography of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic, this powerful film earned fellow Vietnam vet Oliver Stone a Best Director Oscar. With Tom Cruise, Bryan Larkin, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava. In "Born on the Fourth of July," his performance is so good that the movie lives through it. Stone is able to make his statement with Cruise's face and voice and doesn't need to put everything into the dialogue. May Peace follow you the rest of your days Ron!! Born on the Fourth of July Summary and Study Guide Thanks for exploring this SuperSummary Study Guide of “Born on the Fourth of July” by Ron Kovic. you are an inspiration, im a double above knee amputee so i can feel your pain some but being paralyzed is tougher as “Born On The Fourth Of July” movie, you could really feel your pain, from always coming in 1st place wrestling to your last night you got to dance with the woman you loved dearly. The biography of Ron Kovic. Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this Born on the Fourth of July study guide and get instant access to the following:. Directed by Oliver Stone. Unlock This Study Guide Now. A modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, SuperSummary offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. 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.