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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A Most Moving, Heart Wrenching Movie.
30 May 2005 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

This story is a great tribute to those who withstood the horror of being a prisoner of war not only during the Vietnam War, but any conflict. I knew of Senator McCain's story at the time for I was 21 years old when he was released, but did not know the whole story until now. The young man who portrays McCain, Shawn Hatosy, is riveting, he catches every emotion the senator must have gone through during those five years. You can see the touching relationship he had with his career-navy father was the strength he drew from in the years he was imprisoned. It makes you can another human be so utterly unfeeling to another human to think nothing of inflicting such torture and pain. I know the recent photos of our own military inflicting horrible torture upon others makes me see that any human can be inhuman, that it doesn't matter who you are or what country you were brought up in. But that is no excuse and you can see that in this story of how one man stood high and above his captors and never lost his respect for himself or the other prisoners there with him. God bless John McCain.

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