Faith of My Fathers

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Director(s): Peter Markle
Production: Traveler's Rest Films
  Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination.
90 min

We're going after the thermal power plant

in the middle of Hanoi...

with an attack heading of 090.

Be alert to the warning tones.

Missile tracking. Missile lock.

You may have to lose altitude

to get the SAM out of phase...

and if you do, you're going to D-Cell.

They're going to want to bleed you down

to parade rest...

and then slam you with AAA.

Attack formation will be combat speed,

rolling in at 6,000 feet.

From there, you're on government time.

Study your aim points.

Designated aircrafts will engage

in diversionary maneuvers...

Twenty-two mission bombing truck stops

in Haiphong.

Think you're ready for the show?

Been ready

since I buzzed my first cow in an A-1.

You're most exposed when you roll off...

Livestock don't shoot back.


you can't defend against what you can't see.

Smoke on the ground

means possible launch.

You lose sight, you lose the fight.

Now I want to see all of your ugly faces

back here for chow at 1700 hours.

Red Crown, Saints dry and inbound.

Switching Blue 5. Buster to target.

- Go blow something up.

- Roger.

Keep it loose. This is Fox.

This is 02. I got strobes. Eyes out.

Lot of flak at 12:00. Heads up!

All right, let's get in and out.

They've lit it up here.

Missile lock! Where the hell is he?

02, SAM at 7:

I'm hit!

- 2:

- Got it!

- Easy!

- 04, break off!

Target in 10.

Release and head on your 50 to the pond.

- I see it.

- Missile launch. Smoke on the ground.

- I'm going in!

- SAM at 4:

- Break off, 08!

- Less than five to release.

- McCain.

- It's Tom.

Yes, sir?

Apparently John was on a mission

over Hanoi, and he was shot down.

Did anyone see him eject?

No, but we got a report,

his plane took a hit from an SA-2.

Thank you, sir.

- Is there anything we can do?

- No, we will be fine.

We would appreciate

any status reports of consequence.

- I'm really sorry about this, Jack.

- Thank you, sir.

Johnny was hit over Hanoi.

His plane exploded.

There was no sighting of a chute.

- Night-night, sweetheart.

- Night-night, Mommy.

- Come on.

- Move over.

Quick, hide!

Boys, get under the covers right now!


Carol, it's Jack and Roberta.

I've got some bad news I'm afraid.

Johnny was shot down over Hanoi.

We're trying to figure out

whether or not he's been located.

- Are the kids still up?

- No, the children are all in bed.

- We're doing everything we can.

- Yes, I'm sure.

Are you okay? One of us could fly out there.

I'll be all right.

As soon as we've heard anything,

we'll call you.

My leg!

Thank you.

I shoot down plane you fly.


The names of your squadron.

Go piss up a tree.

I do not think that's the answer I'm wanting.

The names of your squadron.

I said, go piss up a tree.

Starr, Gregg...

McGee, Davis...

Adderley, Brown, Ringo, Wood.

Ten points, McCain.

Ray Nitschke, our C.O.

Thank you, Mr. McCain. Get some rest.

The '62 Green Bay Packers.

16-7 over the Giants in Yankee Stadium...

for the championship.

Your C.O. Recovered two fumbles.


Deflected a pass for an interception, too.

I'm John, John McCain. What's your name?

What's your name?

Come on, Johnny!

Yeah. Watch it!

Get up, Johnny.

- Can I offer you some coffee, Capt. McCain?

- No, thank you.

- You wanted to see me regarding my son.

- Yes.

John is walking a very dangerous line.

His grades place him

near the bottom of his class...

and I see him on a regular basis

for disciplinary matters.

My concern is that

his appointment to the Naval Academy...

is highly unlikely.

He won't make the grade.

My suggestion is

that you apply to some other colleges.

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Peter Markle

Peter Markle (born September 24, 1952) is an American film director, television director and screenwriter. He has directed episodes of Everwood, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The X-Files, as well as many other programs. He was director of the 2006 television film, Flight 93 and he also directed the 1982 romantic comedy film The Personals and the 1994 comedy western film Wagons East!Markle married actress Melinda Culea in 1996. more…

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