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A Bright Shining Lie (1998)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  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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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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I liked it a lot. The movie seemed to capture the earlier years WAR very well
20 September 1999 | by (Atlamts, GA USA) – See all my reviews

I liked this motion picture. The work done in preparation and the use of documentary style presentation was effective, and gave the movie and story credibility. The acting was good. The part of Mary Jane was especially good, given the limited amount of screen time. Amy Madigan seems to have a knack to play the angry housewife/mother. She is GOOD at it. Just enough, not too much, just right! Bill Paxton did a believable job as lead character. The story itself is one that needs to be told over and over again, until the American people get the message of truth and LIES surrounding Viet Nam.


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