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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $70,001,698Details
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  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,112 $70,001,698
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 2,001-2,100) 2,006 $70,001,698
All Time Domestic Box Office for R Movies (Rank 201-300) 288 $70,001,698
All Time Worldwide Box Office for R Movies (Rank 601-700) 604 $70,001,698

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Production Budget:$14,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 20th, 1989 (Wide) by Universal
Video Release: March 1st, 1992 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 144 minutes
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Keywords: Returning Soldiers, Biography, Vietnam War, War, Anti-war
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: A. Kitman Ho & Ixlan
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest Domestic 9th Weekend 82 $4,406,350 Feb 16, 1990 61
Fastest to $50m 1,443 $53,587,994 Feb 16, 1990 61
Washington's Birthday (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 196 $9,366,104 Feb 16, 1990 61
Super Bowl (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 93 $9,864,747 Jan 26, 1990 40
Martin Luther King (All Movies, 3-Day) 145 $8,028,075 Jan 12, 1990 26
Martin Luther King (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 85 $17,064,415 Jan 12, 1990 26

Leading Cast

   Ron Kovic

Supporting Cast

Kyra Sedgwick    Donna
Raymond J. Barry    Mr. Kovic
Jerry Levine    Steve Boyer
Frank Whaley    Timmy
Willem Dafoe    Charlie
Bryan Larkin    Young Ron
Caroline Kava    Mrs. Kovic
Josh Evans    Tommy Kovic
Cordelia Gonzalez    Maria Elena
Seth Allen    Young Tommy
Jamie Talisman    Jimmy Kovic
Sean Stone    Young Jimmy
Anne Bobby    Susanne Kovic
Jenna von Oy    Young Susanne
Samantha Larkin    Patty Kovic
Erika Geminder    Young Patty
Amanda Davis    Baby Patty
Kevin Harvey Morse    Jackie Kovic
Jessica Prunell    Young Donna
Jason Klein    Young Timmy
Lane R. Davis    Young Steve
Richard Panebianco    Joey Walsh
John Pinto    Young Joey
Rob Camilletti    Tommy Finnelli
J.R. Nutt    Young Tommy
Stephen Baldwin    Billy Vorsovich
Philip Amelio    Young Billy
Michael McTighe    Danny Fantozzi
Cody Beard    Young Danny
Ryan Beadle    Ballplayer
Harold Woloschin    Umpire
Richard Grusin    Coach
Tom Berenger    Recruiting Sergeant
Richard Haus    End Recruiting Sergeant
Ed Lauter    Legion Commander
Liz Moore    Fat Lady at Parade
Sean McGraw    Young Donna's Father
Oliver Stone    News Reporter
Dale Dye    Infantry Colonel
Norma Moore    Massapequa Mom
Stacey Moseley    Young Donna's Friend
Mike Miller    Neighbor
Ellen Pasternack    Neighbor
Joy Zapata    Neighbor
Bob Tillotson    Truck Driver
John Getz    Marine Major
David Warshofsky    Lieutenant
Jason Gedrick    Martinez
Michael Compotaro    Wilson
Paul Abbott    Platoon Member
Bill Allen    Platoon Member
William Baldwin    Platoon Member
Claude Brooks    Platoon Member
Michael Smith Guess    Platoon Member
James LeGros    Platoon Member
William R. Mopather    Platoon Member
Christopher W. Mills    Platoon Member
Byron Minns    Platoon Member
Ben Wright    Platoon Member
Markus Flanagan    Doctor
R.D. Call    Chaplain
John Falch    Corpsman
Dan Furnad    Corpsman
Fred Geise    Corpsman
Greg Hackbarth    Corpsman
Don Wilson    Corpsman
Corkey Ford    Marvin
Rocky Carroll    Willie
SaMi Chester    Aide, Veterans Hospital
Chris Pedersen    Aide, Veterans Hospital
Chris Walker    Aide, Veterans Hospital
Willie Minor    Eddie
David Herman    Patient, Veterans Hospital
Bruce MacVittie    Patient, Veterans Hospital
Damien Leake    Patient, Veterans Hospital
David Neidorf    Patient, Veterans Hospital
Paul Sanchez    Patient, Veterans Hospital
Richard Lubin    Patient, Veterans Hospital
Norm Wilson    Patient, Veterans Hospital
Peter Benson    Patient, Veterans Hospital
Sergio Scognamiglio    Patient, Veterans Hospital
Billie Neal    Nurse Washington
Richard Poe    Frankie
Bob Gunton    Doctor, Veterans Hospital
Vivica Fox    Hooker
Mark Moses    Optimistic Doctor
Abbie Hoffman    Strike Organizer
Jake Weber    Donna's Boyfriend
Reg E. Cathey    Speaker
Edie Brickell    Folksinger
Keri Roebuck    Loudspeaker
Geoff Garza    Young Radical
Joseph Reidy    Student Organizer
Holly Marie Combs    Jenny
Mike Starr    Man, Arthur's Bar
Beau Starr    Man, Arthur's Bar
Rick Masters    Man, Arthur's Bar
John Del Regno    Friend, Arthur's Bar
Gale Mayron    Friend, Arthur's Bar
Lisa Barnes    Friend, Arthur's Bar
Melina Ramos Renna    Bar Maid
Tom Sizemore    Vet, Villa Dulce
Andrew Lauer    Vet, Villa Dulce
Michael Wincott    Vet, Villa Dulce
Ivan Kane    Villa Vet
Ed Jupp Jr.    Villa Vet
Michael Sulsona    Villa Vet
Karen Newman    Whore
Begonia Plaza    Charlie's Whore
Edith Diaz    Madame
Anthony Pena    Bartender
Eduardo Ricardo    Cab Driver
Tony Frank    Mr. Wilson
Jayne Haynes    Mrs. Wilson
Lili Taylor    Jamie Wilson
Elbert Lewis    Cab Driver
Peter Crombie    Undercover Vet
Kevin McGuire    Paraplegic, Miami
Ken Osborne    Paraplegic, Miami
Alan Toy    Paraplegic, Miami
Chuck Pfeiffer    Secret Service Agent
Frank Girardeau    Agent, Miami
William Wallace    Agent, Miami
Chip Moody    Television Anchor
Eagle Eye Cherry    Vet, Miami
Brian Tarantina    Vet, Miami/Vet, Democratic Convention
Frank Cavestani    Vet, Miami/Vet, Democratic Convention
Jimmy L. Parker    Vet, Miami
William Knight    Chief Cop
David Carriere    Miami Hippie
John Galt    Fat Republican
Jack McGee    Democratic Delegate
Kristel Otney    Woman, Democratic Convention
Pamela S. Neill    Woman, Democratic Convention
Michelle Hurst    Reporter, Democratic Convention
John C. McGinley    Official, Democratic Convention
Wayne Knight    Official, Democratic Convention
Elizabeth Hoffman    Passerby, Democratic Convention
Lucinda Jenney    Passerby, Democratic Convention
Lorraine Morin-Torre    Passerby, Democratic Convention
Annie McEnroe    Passerby, Democratic Convention
Daniel Baldwin    Vet, Democratic Convention
Real Andrews    Vet, Democratic Convention


Mel Allen    Mel Allen


Jodi Long    Reporter, Democratic Convention

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits

Oliver Stone    Producer
A. Kitman Ho    Producer
Oliver Stone    Screenwriter
Ron Kovic    Screenwriter
Ron Kovic    Story Creator
Robert Richardson    Director of Photography
Bruno Rubeo    Production Designer
John Williams    Composer
Lope V. Juban Jr.    Philippines
Clayton Townsend    Associate Producer
Joseph Reidy    Associate Producer
Joseph Reidy    Assistant Director
Stephen J. Lim    Assistant Director
Clayton Townsend    Production Manager
Joey Romero    Philippines
Victor Kempster    Art Director
Richard L. Johnson    Art Director
Rodell Cruz    Philippines
Derek R. Hill    Set Decorator
Judy Ruskin    Costume Designer
Sawnie Baldridge Smith    Costume Supervisor
David Brenner    Editor
Joe Hutshing    Co-Editor
Pietro Scalia    Associate Editor
Tod A. Maitland    Sound Mixer
Michael Minkler    Re-recording Mixer
Gregory H. Watkins    Re-recording Mixer
Wylie Stateman    Re-recording Mixer
Scott Martin Gershin    Sound Effects Editor
Wylie Stateman    Sound Designer
Michael Minkler    Sound Designer
Dan Rich    Dialogue Editor
Hugo Weng    Dialogue Editor
Mike Wilhoit    Dialogue Editor
Ken Wannberg    Music Editor
Sharon Ilson    Make up
Joy Zapata    Hairstylist
Gordon Smith    Special Make-up Effects
Budd Carr    Music Supervisor
Risa Bramon    Casting Director
Billy Hopkins    Casting Director
Ed Johnston    Texas
Paul Adler    Philippines
Gil Arceo    Philippines

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1989/12/22 21 $172,021   4 $43,005   $220,569 1
1990/01/05 1 $11,023,650   1,310 $8,415   $12,177,584 3
1990/01/12 1 $8,028,075 -27% 1,315 $6,105   $23,821,259 4
1990/01/19 1 $6,228,360 -22% 1,314 $4,740   $32,607,294 5
1990/01/26 2 $4,640,940 -25% 1,311 $3,540   $39,160,104 6
1990/02/02 3 $4,012,085 -14% 1,309 $3,065   $44,496,299 7
1990/02/09 4 $3,004,400 -25% 1,295 $2,320   $48,358,094 8
1990/02/16 5 $4,406,350 +47% 1,363 $3,233   $53,587,994 9
1990/02/23 5 $2,513,160 -43% 1,432 $1,755   $56,828,041 10
1990/03/02 5 $2,107,980 -16% 1,434 $1,470   $59,673,354 11
1990/03/09 8 $1,453,230 -31% 1,206 $1,205   $61,782,544 12
1990/03/16 10 $1,241,150 -15% 1,030 $1,205   $63,590,514 13
1990/03/23 9 $1,324,680 +7% 1,064 $1,245   $65,441,414 14

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1990/01/05 1 $14,639,250   1,310 $11,175   $15,793,184 4
1990/01/12 1 $10,585,750 -28% 1,315 $8,050   $26,378,934 5
1990/01/19 1 $8,140,230 -23% 1,314 $6,195   $34,519,164 6
1990/01/26 2 $5,965,050 -27% 1,311 $4,550   $40,484,214 7
1990/02/02 3 $4,869,480 -18% 1,309 $3,720   $45,353,694 8
1990/02/09 4 $3,827,950 -21% 1,295 $2,956   $49,181,644 9
1990/02/16 5 $5,133,237 +34% 1,363 $3,766   $54,314,881 10
1990/02/23 5 $3,250,493 -37% 1,432 $2,270   $57,565,374 11
1990/03/02 5 $2,763,940 -15% 1,434 $1,927   $60,329,314 12
1990/03/09 7 $2,020,050 -27% 1,206 $1,675   $62,349,364 13
1990/03/16 10 $1,767,370 -13% 1,030 $1,716   $64,116,734 14