Learn about the life of Vietnam War veteran and anti-war activist Ron Kovic, who was portrayed by Tom Cruise in Born the Fourth of July, on Ron Kovic in ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ (). Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. He can be seen in the parade at the beginning of the film, playing the. Mrs. Kovic: [enters the room, beaming] Ronnie, Ronnie, you’re doing the right thing! Communism has to be stopped! It’s God’s will that you go, and I’m proud of .
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Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. Big fucking erect penis, Mom! People say that if you don’t love America, then get the hell out. Well, I love America. Communism has to be stopped! It’s God’s will that you go, and I’m proud of you. Just be careful, that’s all. Don’t you know what it means to me to be a Marine, Dad? Ever since I was a kid I’ve wanted this – I’ve wanted to serve my country – and I want to go.
I want to go to Vietnam – and I’ll die there if I have to. They burned the flag and they demonstrated against us; it’s on the cover of the paper today. They have no respect. They have no idea what’s going on over there, Mom – the men that are sacrificing their lives.
People are dying every day over there, and nobody back here even seems to care. It’s a bunch of goddamn shit if you ask me! Ronnie, don’t take the Lord’s name in vain – not in front of the children. I agree with everything you say! I served my country – and they just want to take from it – just take, take! Love it or leave it, that’s what I think. Do you remember things that made sense?
Things you could count on? Before we all got so lost? What are we gonna do, Charlie? What am I gonna do? This place is a fuckin’ slum!
You want out of here, man? We take that leg of yours, and we can get you out of here in two weeks! I want my leg. I want my leg! You can’t feel it no how! I want my leg, you understand? Can’t you understand that? All’s I’m sayin’ is that I want to be treated like a human being!
I fought for my country! I am a Vietnam veteran! And I think that I deserve to be treated We went to Vietnam to stop communism!
We shell women and children! You didn’t shoot women and children! What are you saying? That was the war, communism, the incidious evil! They told us to go. Yes, yes that’s what they told us. Thou shalt not kill, Mom. Thou shalt not kill women and children!
Tom Cruise: Ron Kovic
Thou shalt not kill! Isn’t that what you taught us?
Isn’t that what they taught us? We want to make one thing very clear to you, Ron. The possibility of your ever walking again is minimal You’re a T6 – paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Doctor, will I ever be able to – to have children? No, but we have a good psychologist. He’s helped a lot of people.
No, I know I’ll walk again! No, let me tell you something, Ron. When I was in the hospital, I thought, yeah – yeah, this makes sense. Because I failed, Timmy. What are you talking about? Because I – I killed some – people; I made some terrible – mistakes!
Oh, for Horn sake, Ronnie, we all made mistakes. I mean, you – you had no choice. That’s something that those goddamn pansy demonstrators ain’t never gonna understand! Now, you don’t even have to talk about it, Ronnie; I mean, it was insane over there!
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I could have laid down, I mean – who gives a fuck now if I was a hero or not? I was paralyzed, castrated yhe day; why? It was all so – stupid! I’d have my dick and my balls now, and some days, Timmy – some days I think I’d give everything I believe in – everything I got, all my values, just to have my body back again, just to be whole again.
But I’m not whole; I never will be, and that’s – that’s the way it is, isn’t it? You could start out as a cashier I think I’m just going to lay low, and look around All I’m saying is that you got to – you got to put the war behind you, you know; you got to forget foutrh this chair you’re in! I know what you mean, Ronnie, but people here – they don’t give a shit about the war!
To them it’s just a million miles away. It’s all bullshit, anyway. I mean, the government sold us a bill of goods and we bought it, and got the shit kicked out of us, and for what, huh? What do you mean, “we,” Stevie? You were in college, man. Yeah, they were iuly to take over the world, you remember that? Fenelli, you, Walsh – the whole town was devastated. For lies, for bullshit lies? Man, you’re one crazy Marine, Kovic – so gung-ho and everything, but you don’t know shit about what’s really happenin’ in this country.
It ain’t about burnin’ the flag and Vietnam, man. While we fight for rights over there, we ain’t got no rights at home. It’s about Detroit and Newark, man. It’s about racism, man. Because you can’t get no job at home. Vietnam is a white man’s war, a rich man’s war. I’m serious, man, you gotta read some books. There’s a revolution going on, Kovic. Brothers are gettin’ it together, and if you ain’t part of the solution, man, then you’re part of the problem.
There’s something wrong with me. The doctors are real busy right now. There’s a lot of wounded here today. No time for anything except trying to stay alive, so you got to try and stay alive, okay?
Try and stay alive. I’ve come to give you your last rites. I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and if lives and believes in Me shall never die.