Hope for Mary and Matthew? A Brief History of Paraplegic Sex on Film
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Born on the Fourth of July
was inspired in part by the life of antiwar activist Ron Kovic, paralyzed in Vietnam; he'd later be the subject of Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July
. Stone takes a rather more pessimistic view of its subject's sex life, in a scene
in which Tom Cruise attempts intercourse with a Mexican prostitute.