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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Paul Vann
Bo Eason ... Officer Tally
William L. Mansey ... Officer Conroy
... Barmaid
... Mary Jane Vann
Robert L. Hull ... Bureaucrat Soldier
... Steven Burnett
'Josh' Somsak Orajan ... Vann's ARVN Driver
... MACV General
... Frank Drummond
Bill Whelan ... Ron Dray
Kay Tong Lim ... Colonel Cao Huynh Van
Seng Kawee ... VC Leader (as Kawee 'Seng' Sirikhanerut)
Kajie Khan ... Madame Nhu (as Kajie Kahn)
... Lee
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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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Amy Madigan and Bill Paxton also appeared together in Streets of Fire (1984). See more »

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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 The Kingston Trio
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI-Capitol Special Products
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A Great Effort
15 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

While not in the same league as Go Tell The Spartans, which had the presence of Burt Lancaster if nothing else, this is a commendable effort to bring a huge and impressive piece of non-fiction to the screen.

Never shown in the cinema in the UK, my wife and I saw it on imported DVD. She was very impressed (having not read the book) and thought it conveyed something of the complexity of the subject very well and was very enlightening.


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