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My backyard was turned into a battlefield filled with little boys playing war dreaming that someday theyd become men The plot and summary of the film tells the story of Rons life from boyhood to becoming a man It begins with the background of Rons small town All-American life He respects and loves his country He joined the Marines with nothing but love for his country only to find himself abused and finally neglected by society and the people that put him over in Vietnam the government During the time of the war 1960s and 1970s the United States was going through a time of grief confusion loss of family and friends and neglect from the government This put many in a position to be anti-war and anti-Vietnam veterans One of these veterans was Ron Kovic Kovic shot in action became paralyzed from the waist down He was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life He endured poor conditions in the hospitals that were for the soldiers wounded at war He received no respect from his fellow US citizens When Kovic first came back he did not understand all the anti-war feelings he was convinced that he could change both the attitude of society and the government He spends months drinking with other veterans before he sees the light on the war and the governments effect on it He begins speaking at anti-war movements and working for handicapped veterans The movie ends with Ron giving an inspiring speech at a political convention Born on the Fourth of July is a story about an American boy who goes to war with high hopes and lofty ideas and comes back a changed person with a whole new view on life and the government he lives under This movie deals with numerous aspects of society ideologies that became out dated and feelings during this confusing period in history It is a documentary based on Ron
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