The story of John McCain's experience as a Vietnam War POW. Based on the memoir of the same title.

Director:

Peter Markle

Writers:

Peter Markle (teleplay), William Bingham (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shawn Hatosy ... John McCain
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Cat
Joe Chrest ... Craner
Chi Muoi Lo ... Prick
Troy Ruptash ... Bud Day
Shea Whigham ... Norris Overly
Jason Alan Smith ... Charles larson
Scott Glenn ... Jack McCain
Brian F. Durkin ... Henry Witt
Michael Arata ... Captain Hart
Nick Gomez ... Becker
Douglas M. Griffin ... Sailor
Brian Bossetta ... Hanging POW
Robert Heath Hickman Robert Heath Hickman ... Doug McCain
J.D. Evermore ... Commander James Latimer
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense depiction of wartime imprisonment and brief sexual content | See all certifications »
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Jack McCain is played by Scott Glenn. In the film Game Change (2012), John McCain is played by Ed Harris. Glenn and Harris appeared together in The Right Stuff (1983), and have both played Sheriff Alan Pangborn in Castle Rock (2018) and Needful Things (1993). See more »

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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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In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Written by Doug Ingle
Performed by Iron Butterfly
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Good acting
17 July 2006 | by gerard1016See all my reviews

Shawn Hatosy appears to be managing his career carefully. For a young, relatively unknown actor he seems to look for work in films with casts that include accomplished, known co-workers. He hasn't made the mistake of accepting anything that's offered.

The story (McCain's harrowing experiences as a POW) should make one appreciate what McCain has given to his country but my lasting impression of this film is Hatosy's work. His was a very, very good piece of acting. This is an actor who has established a floor under his work which he will not go below. He has relatively high standards which assures viewers that anything he appears in will be good, or very good.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I istoria tou John McCain See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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