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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

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Commentary 1: Director Oliver Stone Rating:8.2/10 (12 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on November 15th, 2011:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Oliver Stone commentaries are consistently engaging and thought-provoking. "Born" is really the companion to "Platoon." If you enjoyed the "Platoon" commentaries, like myself, you will relish in Stone's track here. The usual anecdotes about the production and filmmaking are present. But what separates "Born" from "Platoon" is the POV of the director. This story is personal to Ron Kovic, and Stone spends some time addressing the real life experience of Ron and how he felt best to portray that in the film. You would think that the deliberate visual nature of the film (by Oliver Stone standards) would allow an abundance of pauses in the track. However, Stone fills the majority of the running time with great stories about the actors (Tom Cruise playing Al Pacino's role), film locations (finding an area of Dallas that recalled the Massapequa of Ron and his' youth), and personal testimony about the heartfelt wishes he held as an idealistic youth. High recommendation.