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To Heal a Nation (1988)

M | | Drama | TV Movie 29 May 1988
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 »

Director:

Michael Pressman

Writers:

Jan Scruggs (book), Joel Swerdlow (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... Jan Scruggs
Glynnis O'Connor ... Becky Scruggs
Marshall Colt ... Jack Wheeler
Scott Paulin ... Bob Doubek
Lee Purcell ... Sandie
Brock Peters ... Paul Turner
Gloria Carlin Gloria Carlin ... Monica
Jordan Charney ... Spreiregen
Tamlyn Tomita ... Maya Ying Lin
Laurence Luckinbill ... Senator Bob Mathias
Linden Chiles ... Senator John Warner
James F. Kelly James F. Kelly ... Webb
Eloy Casados
Tom Everett ... Thompson
Gary Hershberger
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cicatriz de guerra See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although the role is credited as "Senator Bob Mathias," the character portrayed by Laurence Luckinbill was actually a Republican member of the US House of Representatives (also known as a Congressman) representing California for four terms, from January 3, 1967 to January 3, 1975, and never ran (nor was he appointed) for the office of either California State Senator or United States Senator from California (or any other state). The role should have been credited as either Congressman Bob Mathias or Representative Bob Mathias. See more »

Quotes

Jan Scruggs: [emotional] It was the names, wasn't it. Yeah.
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Connections

References The Deer Hunter (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

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 merklekranzSee 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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