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Stone Says Sorry: Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone has written a letter of apology to a Syracuse, N.Y., police force, which had expressed unhappiness over the way it was portrayed in “Born on the Fourth of July.” The police were shown beating up the anti-war demonstrators. “We felt the movie unfairly depicted how the Syracuse Police handled the riot situation,” said the lawyer for the Syracuse Police Benevolent Assn. Stone and Ron Kovic have been criticized for liberally dramatizing their screenplay of Kovic’s book.


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