Two men embark on a trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial guided by the letters their fathers wrote while serving in the war.
Meek postal service worker John Paul George (Kevin Downes), named after three members of The Beatles, has never met his father, Stephen (Sean McGowan), because he died during the Vietnam War in 1969.
While rummaging through the garage of his recently deceased mother’s house, he comes across a box of his father’s war belongings and finds a letter mentioning “Eddie J. Adams” (Scott Whyte), his best friend from Vietnam. Curious, John starts calling people in the country with the name, eventually coming across someone who seems to recognize the name. John travels to Mississippi, where he finds that the person he spoke with on the phone was actually Edward’s son, Wayne Adams (David A. R. White), an ill-tempered hermit. Wayne reveals that he has many letters from his father, most of which detail John’s father, who helped him rediscover his Christian faith. Later that night, Wayne impulsively cuts the roof off his 1965 Ford Thunderbird to “make it a convertible for a road trip”.
Confused and angered because his wedding to his fiancée Cynthia (Candace Cameron Bure) is in a matter of weeks, John protests the trip, preferring to just read the letters at Wayne’s house. Wayne is insistent, however, that they go on the long and arduous road trip to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., to see their fathers’ names on The Wall and get closure. Despite clashing many times over many things, such as Wayne getting into a fight with rowdy gas station patrons and John being forced to pay for the letters if he wants to read them, on the trip they learn more about their fathers and themselves.
Trivia & Goofs
Initially titled To the Wall when shown to preview audiences in January 2015, this was changed prior to its national release on 01 July 2015 by Pure Flix Entertainment and Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Production & Filming Details
- Director: Cary Scott.
- Producers: Shelene Bryan, Bobby Downes, Kevin Downes, and Michael Scott.
- Writers: Kevin Downes, Carey Scott, Harold Uhl, and David A.R. White.
- Music: Marc Fantini and Steffan Fantini.
- Cinematography: Ranall Gregg.
- Editors: Matt Cassell, David de Vos, and Alex Kendrick.
- Production: Downes Brothers Entertainment and Pure Flix Entertainment.
- Distributor: Pure Flix Entertainment and Smauel Goldwyn Films.
- Release Date: 01 July 2015.
- Running Time: 96 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.