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A Bright Shining Lie (1998)

R | | Drama, War | TV Movie 30 May 1998
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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Robert L. Hull ...
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Vann's ARVN Driver
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Bill Whelan ...
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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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Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

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Where Have All the Flowers Gone
Written by Pete Seeger
Performed by Pat McGuire
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Excellent casting
21 May 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This made for TV movie was absolutely fantastic as far as I am concerned. I think Dianne Crittenden did an excellent job with the cast. Bill Paxton as John Paul Vann did a great job. I don't really care for Amy Madigan, but she portrayed Mary Jane Vann divinely. Donal Logue made the perfect reporter as well.


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