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This is a 30 min. video starring Robert Mitchum as a Midwesterner with not long to live. His dream is to build a ship and sail off into the ocean, even though he's miles away from one. The relationship with his young grandson is also a focus. A touching story, produced by a Christian denomination. I bought my copy through an on-line christian bookstore. Great opportunity to see a rare, rare, Robert Mitchum film.
Given the roguish lifestyle that Robert Mitchum led the last thing you
would ever figure to see him in his a Christian production. But
whatever else Mitchum was in his life he was always unconventional and
doing the unexpected. Waiting For The Wind is definitely unconventional
To say this is a bit above the usual Christian film is to belabor the obvious because this 23 minute short subject has some real Hollywood names and production values. Mitchum and Rhonda Fleming are the grandparents of young Zachary Bostrum who is visiting them with his father Jameson Parker. The woman that held them together, Bostum's mother, Parker's wife, and Mitchum and Fleming's daughter was killed by a drunken driver. And now Mitchum is in the last stages of a terminal cancer.
But this Iowa farmer has one desire left and he's building a sailboat to take to the ocean, but he might not have enough time left to do it. He's got the faith, but will that be enough?
It's a decent enough film and better bring a box of Kleenex before viewing this movie. I'm betting there is a real story about how the Lutheran Church got these players to do this short film, especially Robert Mitchum, not a man known for piety. Maybe we'll learn the answer some day.
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