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BOONE, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Franklin Graham says the film "Unbroken," which opens Christmas day, dramatically portrays the early life of Louis Zamperini, from his troubled youth to an Olympic medal and amazing survival at sea and in a brutal Japanese prison camp during World War II.
But Graham says the movie fails to show what happened next: how the traumatized veteran became broken by hatred for his captors, alcoholism and a failing marriage.
The book "Unbroken" also described Zamperini's conversion at a 1949 Billy Graham crusade, and the healing and forgiveness that followed.
Zamperini, who died this year at the age of 97, emphasized that turning point in his life in an interview at Graham's ministry when the book was published.
Franklin Graham says excerpts of that interview can be seen in the video "Louis Zamperini: Captured By Grace," which also will be released on Christmas day. It will be broadcast on Fox and also will be viewable online at www.billygraham.org .
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