John Williams: Born on the Fourth of July

One of John Williams' underrated scores, it gained Williams an Oscar nomination for Best Score and Oliver Stone an Oscar win for Best Director.

Born on the Fourth of July

Director: Oliver Stone
Released: 1989
Cast: Tom Cruise, Raymond J Barry, Tom Berenger

The Film: Based on Ron Kovic's biography, the acclaimed film follows a zealous teen who eagerly volunteers for the Vietnam War, to an embittered veteran paralysed from the mid-chest down. Deeply in love with his country, Kovic returned to an environment vastly different from the one he left, and struggled before emerging as a brave new voice for the disenchanted.

The Score: John Williams scored this soundtrack on one of his rare collaborations away from Stephen Spielberg. Five times Oscar winner, he lost out that year to The Little Mermaid.


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