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A Bright Shining Lie (1998)

R | | Drama, War | TV Movie 30 May 1998
True story of Army man John Paul Vann, whose military success provided him the fulfillment he never found in his personal life.

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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. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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In war as in life the difference between truth and deception is what a man allows himself to believe.

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Rated R for war violence and some language | See all certifications »

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John: It is not true that we are here to solve problems, sir. WE are the problem.
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Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

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I'm Sorry
Written by Ronnie Self & Dub Allbritten
Performed by Brenda Lee
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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Down to earth Vietnam retrospective
20 December 1999 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

The Vietnam experience seen through the eyes of an officer average american with family back home and the good intentions, often rebuffed, that are frustatingly hard to put in place. After "Good Morning Vietnam", which was a non-combat movie about Americans in Vietnam, this one comes close in describing what Americans felt in the war. This movie, however, is still a combat war movie, but sprinkled with family and personal issues, presented straight forward and down to earth. Produced by HBO, it is surprisingly a good production, with good acting.


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