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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Jan Scruggs
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Becky Scruggs
Marshall Colt ...
Jack Wheeler
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Bob Doubek
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Sandie
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Paul Turner
Gloria Carlin ...
Monica
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Spreiregen
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Maya Ying Lin
Laurence Luckinbill ...
Senator Bob Mathias
Linden Chiles ...
James F. Kelly ...
Webb
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Thompson
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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, and a personal goal when he agrees to begin a determined campaign to raise funds for a veteran's memorial. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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29 May 1988 (USA)  »

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Cicatriz de guerra  »

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Sue, Stone Worker: [in tears] That name... that's my brother... my baby brother...
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References The Deer Hunter (1978) See more »

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A WHITER SHADE OF PALE
Written by Gary Brooker, Keith Reid and Matthew Fisher
Vocals by Randy Crenshaw
Arranged by Bruce Miller
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See this film then visit the Vietnam Memorial ........
31 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Heartfelt performance by Eric Roberts as Jan Scruggs whose vision of a memorial in Washington DC is portrayed with dignity and pride. This undertaking was not without stiff opposition from both politicians and Veterans. The portrayal of Scruggs struggle to reach a compromise that eventually won the day, is quite informative. The film has a number of special moments that are not easily forgotten. A stone cutter's tearful breakdown upon discovering she is carving the name of her baby brother is particularly moving. "To Heal a Nation" should be seen in order to fully understand the Memorial itself. This is an excellent TV film. - MERK


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