Proof Through the Night

DVD Release: June 19, 2012
Proof Through the Night


“Oh Say, Can You See…?” In the 200 years since Francis Scott Key first wrote those words on the back of a letter, they have inspired millions. The hope and joy expressed in the American National Anthem were so moving that more than five million people signed petitions for its official adoption. Yet within those words he penned an expression of a Christian’s faith and gratitude for deliverance.

Dove Review

Frances Scott Key’s single greatest characteristic was optimism. He was a poet, lawyer, husband, father, Christian and leader. He wrote and exchanged letters that were moving, inspiring and honoring to many of his family members and friends, including John Randolph Roanoke and General Robert Ross. Narrated by Cal Hunter, “Proof Through The Night” tells the story of the National Anthem through realistic reenactments and 3-D images of the British invasion and what led up to it.

The British army landed in Washington in 1814. Slavery was a common practice during that time. This documentary looks back on the night when Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to the Anthem, how the American people received it, and how the music was written. Even after all these years, the song still evokes a sense of hope and optimism that inspires and celebrates the American spirit.

Frances Scott Key was 63 when he died of a lung disease. He had a heart of a poet and the essence of a patriot. Apparently, he never received a dime of royalty from his famous song. This video includes extended interviews, dramatic readings, a poem and epilogue as bonus features and receives the Faith Friendly Seal of Approval for 12 and up, due to the war-scene reenactments.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Graphic war scenes with guns and killing
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Director: Jerry Griffith
Producer: Bill Curtis
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 56 min.
Reviewer: Caryn Toering