top of page
  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

69th Anniversary of the Billy Graham Crusade featured in "Unbroken: Path to Redemption"

The evangelist launched his Greater Los Angeles Revival on September 25, 1949.

That crusade plays a prominent role in the film just as it did in the actual life of Louis Zamerini, the WWII hero whose journey to faith is the focus of the biopic.

Returning home after two years of brutal captivity in Japanese POW camps, Zamperini had fallen into despair and alcoholism as he struggled with post-traumatic stress. His wife Cynthia was able to convince him to go to listen to the young preacher.

That changed everything: Zamperini committed his life to Christ, forgave his former captors and turned away from alcohol. His journey is movingly captured in the Harold Cronk-directed film, which is now in its second week in theaters.

Billy Graham's grandson, Will Graham, who is also a preacher, plays his famous grandfather in the movie. In a recent article for, the younger Graham reflected on the anniversary of the Los Angeles Crusade, saying it inspires him to live his life to reflect God's love.

" I’m making a decision to be more intentionally aware that every person I come into contact with is fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. Whether they agree with me or not, whether they like me or not, they are loved by God and deserve no less from me."

Check out the entire Will Graham article here. And go see Unbroken: Path to will inspire you.


bottom of page