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Born on the Fourth of July (1989, R)

Born on the Fourth of July (1989, R) FREE screening

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a partnership with Arts Midwest, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

CALS and the Ottenheimer Library at UA Little Rock are hosting a FREE series of virtual screenings centered around Tim O’Brien’s classic The Things They Carried, a 2020-2021 NEA Big Read Book.

Join us for Born on the Fourth of July (1989, R) on Sunday, October 25. In the mid 1960s, suburban New York teenager Ron Kovic (played by Tom Cruise) enlists in the Marines, fulfilling what he sees as his patriotic duty. During his second tour in Vietnam, he accidentally kills a fellow soldier during a retreat and later becomes permanently paralyzed in battle. Returning home to an uncaring Veterans Administration bureaucracy and to people on both sides of the political divide who don’t understand what he went through, Kovic becomes an impassioned critic of the war.

While free to attend, registration is required to access this screening. Select the orange “Get Tickets” button on this page to register.

Once you receive your registration confirmation and login credentials from us via email, visit https://digitalcampus.swankmp.net/admin/vs-ronrobinson310795/login to access this title, which will be available for you to watch at anytime on Sunday, October 25.

This series of FREE screenings includes:
October 25: Born on the Fourth of July (1989, R)
November 1: Coming Home (1978, R)
November 8: Full Metal Jacket (1987, R)
November 15: Hamburger Hill (1987, R)
November 22: The Deer Hunter (1978, R)