A Bright Shining Lie Movie Review 1998

Information and Film Reviews for A Bright Shining Lie the Movie

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Based on Neil Sheehan's 1988 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, which chronicles the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of Lt. Col. John Paul Vann (Paxton). The brash Vann arrived as a military adviser to the Vietnamese Army in 1962 and eventually left that post to become part of the State Department's Civilian Aid Program, where he exposed falsified battle reports and other deceptions to newsman Steven Burnett (Logue). The complex and controversial Vann was killed in a chopper crash in 1972.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 118 minutes.

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Vietnam War, Biopics: Military
Terry George
Bill Paxton, Donal Logue, Kurtwood Smith, Eric Bogosian, Amy Madigan, Vivian Wu, Robert John Burke, James Rebhorn, Ed Lauter, Harve Presnell
Jack Conroy
Terry George
Gary Chang
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