To Heal a Nation (1988)

TV Movie  |  M  |   |  Drama  |  29 May 1988 (USA)
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The true story of Jan Scruggs, an embittered Vietnam veteran who returns from the war a broken man. However, with the help of his loving wife Becky, he begins to find a new life for himself... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Scruggs
Becky Scruggs
Marshall Colt ...
Jack Wheeler
Bob Doubek
Paul Turner
Gloria Carlin ...
Maya Ying Lin
Laurence Luckinbill ...
Senator Bob Mathias
Linden Chiles ...
James F. Kelly ...


The true story of Jan Scruggs, an embittered Vietnam veteran who returns from the war a broken man. However, with the help of his loving wife Becky, he begins to find a new life for himself, and a personal goal when he agrees to begin a determined campaign to raise funds for a veteran's memorial. Written by Jonathan Broxton <>

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29 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cicatriz de guerra  »

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Jan Scruggs: [emotional] It was the names, wasn't it. Yeah.
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References The Deer Hunter (1978) See more »


Composed by John Fogerty (as John C. Fogerty)
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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A crime this is not available on DVD
4 April 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I completely agree that this wonderful film should be available on DVD. Not only does Eric Roberts hit his career peak in a searing and unforgettable performance, but the movie commemorates the monumental achievement Jan Scruggs made in devising and funding the Vietnam memorial. I was a fierce anti-Vietnam War protester, but I was thrilled that the memorial was created. This is an important movie despite certain melodramatic excesses, and deserves to be made viewable by a large audience. It amazes me that so many useless movies are on DVD when essential films like this one gather dust and wait for the very occasional television showing. In any case, here's hoping "To Heal a Nation" survives.

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