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My Father, My Son (1988)

My Father, My Son





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My Father, My Son was based on the wrenching autobiographical book by Admiral Elmo Zumwalt. This TV movie begins in 1968, when Secretary of the Navy Zumwalt orders the anti-personnel drug Agent Orange to be sprayed on enemy troops in Vietnam; the Admiral has been assured by his superiors that the drug is essentially harmless. Meanwhile, Zumwalt's son Elmo III (Keith Carradine), having survived numerous debilitating childhood diseases, is serving in Nam. Fifteen years pass: Elmo III has contacted cancer, and Admiral Zumwalt must come to grips with the likelihood that his son's illness was caused by Agent Orange. Though the film does not shy away from politicizing, the focal point of My Father, My Son is the ever-strengthening relationship between Admiral Zumwalt and his stricken son (who died shortly after this film was first telecast in May of 1988).more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Fred Weintraub Family Productions


Karl Malden
as Elmo Zumwalt Jr.
Keith Carradine
as Lt. Elmo Zumwalt III
Margaret Klenck
as Kathy Zumwalt
Michael Horton
as Geoff Martin
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Keith and Karl played excellent roles in this family drama. Life is so precious and seems death is easier when the treatments don't work and all hope is gone. It's the living who suffer after.

Danette/Dani Andersen

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