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A Bright Shining Lie (1998)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | War  -  30 May 1998 (USA)
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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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Vann's ARVN Driver
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Kay Tong Lim ...
Seng Kawee ...
VC Leader (as Kawee 'Seng' Sirikhanerut)
Kajie Khan ...
Madame Nhu (as Kajie Kahn)
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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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Cai Luong Folk Song
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Performed by Khao Chi Ensemble
Courtesy of Henry Street/Rounder Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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As it really was
5 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie showed it like it really was. I did not know Vann, but two Colonels that I know did work with him. It shows who really ran the war in Vietnam. It shows Westmoreland for what he was too. The best part is that it shows how the Military had little or no say in conducting the war. It lets us see that it was a political war and that maybe it could have had a different outcome if it had been pursued correctly. The action is good, and it is authentic. Paxton is intense. His performance is often complimented on that he could have actually been Vann. Or that he could actually have been in a war. TYhe battle sequences are realistic without being overly bloody. The dialog was well presented and was mostly believable.


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