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Louis Zamperini’s ‘Path to Redemption’

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Merritt Patterson and Samuel Hunt star in "Unbroken: Path to Redemption." (Pure Flix)

The 2014 movie "Unbroken" ended with Olympic athlete and Army Air Forces officer Louis Zamperini returning home after surviving his incarceration in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. It was a Hollywood ending to a big-budget Hollywood movie, but it didn't really capture what Zamperini considered to be the miracle of his own life.

"Unbroken: Path to Redemption" (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital) is the movie Zamperini would have wanted you to see. This movie follows the legend as he meets and woos his wife Cynthia and his life collapses as he struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder. Zamperini conquered his demons after a religious conversion at a Billy Graham crusade, and this movie ends as he embraces Christianity and puts his life back on track.

We have a clip from the film's bonus features, with the cast and crew discussing how this film explores Zamperini's struggles following the war.

In the film, Samuel Hunt takes the role of Louis Zamperini from Jack McConnell, and Merritt Patterson plays Cynthia. The evangelist Will Graham takes a rare acting role, playing his grandfather Billy Graham.

We had a chance earlier this year to speak with Hunt and Patterson when the movie was released in theaters.

The family has long wished to tell this part of the story. We spoke with his children Luke and Cynthia Zamperini back in 2014, and they made a point of talking about their father's faith:

Louis Zamperini's Family Talks 'Unbroken'

Producer Matthew Baer and Luke Zamperini also discussed how faith helped the elder Zamperini in another interview earlier this year.

"Unbroken: Path to Redemption" is the story of one war hero's attempts to overcome PTSD. Luke acknowledges that Christianity may not be a solution for everyone, but it worked for his dad.

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