Movies for Father’s Day

“Good fathers do three things: they provide, they nurture and they guide.” ~ Roland Warren.collage2

The word “family” is a part of the Marine Corps’ lexicon. After all, the Corps itself is a family of men and women who share a unique and challenging experience. Also, many units are comprised of men and women whose families have served in the armed forces for generations. This is why we can appreciate holidays such as Father’s Day which rapidly is approaching. Father’s are all too often the unsung heroes of the family unit. They are sometimes portrayed in less than flattering ways in popular media as well. But as the above quote states, the good ones provide, nurture and guide. For that reason, and in honor of Father’s Day which is June 18, we would like to share a list of movies that portray fathers and sons (and daughters) in an uplifting way.

  • Frequency (2000): Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel star in sci-fi time story about time travel. Caviezel – who plays the son – connects with his deceased father via radio. Though the reunion between father and son is not cheerful – they try to stop a serial killer in the process – the portrayal of the father/son relationship is touching.

  • To Kill A Mockingbird (1963): This classic film portrays the relationship between a young girl and her father. He is an attorney who defends an African American man against charges of raping a White female in the Deep South.

  • Kramer vs. Kramer (1979): This movie starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep introduced the then revolutionary concept that fathers are a significant part of the family unit. In the movie, Hoffman is trying to retain custody of his son against all odds.

  • Mrs. Doubtfire (1993): Starring the late Robin Williams, this movie portrays another father who is trying desperately to see his children who he fathered with Sally Fields.

  • The Lion King (1994): This Disney adaptation of Hamlet has gone on to be a smash Broadway play as well.

In short, the relationship between fathers and their offspring is an important one and more complex than portrayed in popular media. Many Marines can trace their appreciation for the Corps to their own fathers. Show your appreciation to the Corps with USMC hoodies or a Marine Corps jacket that is made in America and proudly displays the Marine Corps emblem and motto.

 

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