Who directed the film “Born on the Fourth of July” in 1989?”
Born on the Fourth of July is a 1989 film adaptation of the best selling autobiography of the same name by Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic. Tom Cruise plays Kovic, in a performance that earned him his first Academy Award nomination. Oliver Stone (himself a Vietnam veteran) co-wrote the screenplay with Kovic, and also produced and directed the film. Stone wanted to film the movie in Vietnam, but because relations between the United States and Vietnam had not yet been normalized, it was instead filmed in the Philippines. Born on the Fourth of July is considered part of Oliver Stone’s “trilogy” of films about the Vietnam War — along with Platoon (1986) and Heaven & Earth (1993). The film was given Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Film Editing.