Faith of My Fathers (2005)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, War  |  30 May 2005 (USA)
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The story of John McCain's experience as a Vietnam War POW. Base on the memoir of the same title.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Day
Norris Overly
Charles larson
Jack McCain
Henry Witt
Captain Hart
Hanging POW
Robert Heath Hickman ...
Doug McCain
Commander James Latimer


John McCain is a poor student, except at wrestling, but toughs it out in Annapolis at the US Naval Academy with the goal of becoming a career naval officer like his father and grandfather, who were both admirals. Love at first sight leads to a marriage and children with Carole. During the Vietnam War, he's shot down and captured by the Vietcong, who torture American POWs. He resists years of torture and misery, only breaking once due to his busted limbs, and eventually returning home after five and one half years in captivity. Written by KGF Vissers

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John McCain's father gave him the courage to be a soldier. Five years as a POW gave him the courage to be a hero.


Biography | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense depiction of wartime imprisonment and brief sexual content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

30 May 2005 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Carol McCain suffered a near fatal car accident during John's captivity that rendered her unable to walk without crutches, and deformed from her surgery. Though Carol's accident is mentioned in the book, the movie ignores it completely, so when Carol and John reunite she is in perfect physical condition. They're even shown dancing together. See more »

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I liked the movie, however..........
31 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wasn't surprised but yet surprised by the treatment that Senator McCain received during his 5 yrs as POW. I thought the movie was rather moving in the fact on how the military can prepare ones own mentality to "hold on" to survival and to fight that of brainwashing tactics. I was surprised however to question why the Vietnamese just didn't shoot him and the rest of the POW's......why didn't he leave when given a chance? I believe that there should have been more movies out like this shortly after they ended "the conflict" to show the American people more in-depth of the treatment of our herons. With this said, it would of, I believe, been more opened, understanding and welcoming arms reached out to our herons coming home. I thank everyone of them every day in prayer :-)

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