HEAVEN & EARTH
1993, Warner Bros., 140 min, France/USA, Dir: Oliver Stone

The concluding film in director Oliver Stone’s Vietnam War trilogy is based on the true story of Le Ly (Hiep Thi Le), whose life was thrown into chaos when the fighting reached her village. After marrying a U.S. soldier (Tommy Lee Jones), Le Ly moves to America, where both she and her husband face a difficult adjustment. Costarring Haing S. Ngor, Joan Chen and Debbie Reynolds.


BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY
1989, Universal, 145 min, USA, Dir: Oliver Stone

Based on the autobiography of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic, this powerful film earned fellow Vietnam vet Oliver Stone a Best Director Oscar. In one of his best performances, Tom Cruise stars as Kovic, a Marine wounded in a firefight and paralyzed from the chest down. Returning to a society that is indifferent if not hostile, he struggles to reconcile the rhetoric about the war with its reality, eventually taking a place at the front lines of the protest movement. Costarring Kyra Sedgwick and Willem Dafoe.


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