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Stone publicly apologizes for his depiction of police

Oliver Stone is sorry all over again.

The controversial director on Monday apologized publicly for his depiction of Syracuse, N.Y., police in his film "Born on the Fourth of July." Stone said police were wrongfully portrayed as behaving brutally toward students at a 1970 anti-war demonstration.The film starring Tom Cruise is based on the life of Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic. The scene shows police clubbing students with nightsticks at a protest at Syracuse University.

Stone sent a letter of apology to city and police officials shortly after the movie's release in 1990, saying police "did not, in fact, hit any students over the head."

The scene so rankled police officials that former Chief Thomas Sardino, who was in command during the protest, threatened to take legal action against Universal Studios.


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