A Bright Shining Lie (1998)

05/30/1998 (US) DramaWarTV Movie 1h 58m
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In war as in life, the difference between truth and deception is what a man allows himself to believe.


Something in his past keeps career Army man John Paul Vann from advancing past colonel. He views being sent to Vietnam as part of the US military advisory force a stepping stone to promotion. However, he disagrees vocally (and on the record) with the way the war is being run and is forced to leave the military. Returning to Vietnam as a civilian working with the Army, he comes to despise some South Vietnamese officers while he takes charge of some of the U.S. forces and continues his liaisons with Vietnamese women.

  1. Terry George

    Director, Teleplay

  2. Neil Sheehan


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  1. Bill Paxton

    Bill Paxton

    John Paul Vann

  2. Amy Madigan

    Amy Madigan

    Mary Jane Vann

  3. Donal Logue

    Donal Logue

    Steven Burnett

  4. Robert John Burke

    Robert John Burke

    Frank Drummond

  5. Vivian Wu

    Vivian Wu


  6. Ed Lauter

    Ed Lauter

    General Weyand

  7. Kurtwood Smith

    Kurtwood Smith

    General Westmoreland

  8. Eric Bogosian

    Eric Bogosian

    Doug Elders

  9. James Rebhorn

    James Rebhorn


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A Bright Shining Lie
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Original Language English

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