Born On The Fourth Of July: Motion Picture Soundtrack Album Soundtrack, Import
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There was a movie theater, appropriately named the Pequa, on Sunrise Highway, in Massapequa. When I was 13 I saw a movie there about a platoon of U.S. Marines whose transport plane is shot down on a small island during World War 2. In the story, when the Marines discover that a small contingent of Japanese soldiers is also on the island, the two sides initially try to coexist, even trading medical attention for water. But in the end fighting breaks out and the Americans kill all of the Japanese.
A little research revealed that this movie began its short run in February of 1965, which by coincidence, was the same exact month that President Johnson sent the first Marines to Vietnam. I believe that was before Ron Kovic was shipped off to Vietnam, so I really wonder if he might have also seen that war picture at the Pequa. BTW, there's a strange twist to this whole thing. The music for None But The Brave was written by none other than John Williams, who in those relatively early days was still credited as Johnny Williams. When I read that on the IMDB site, it about sent a chill down my spine. Yeah, life really is full of strange connections.
And, a little postscript to my review. Just read that the last movie that was shown at the old Pequa movie theater was the rabble rousing piece of trash: Rambo III. I'm sure Mr Kovic would not be thrilled with that fact, either. Unlike a more sobering, realistic portrayal of war, as was achieved with Born On The 4th of July, the Rambo films present the mass slaughter of war as cheap entertainment.