A Bright Shining Lie

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John Paul Vann (Bill Paxton) is sent to Vietnam in 1962 as a military adviser and quickly learns that several South Vietnamese battalions are forging low casualty numbers and successful battle records. Vann, along with journalist Steven Burnett (Donal Logue), tries to take the matter public and in the process destroys his career and reputation. His private life also takes a hit when his wife (Amy Madigan) learns of his numerous affairs, including one with a Vietnamese teacher (Vivian Wu).

Cast & Crew

Bill Paxton
John Paul Vann
Amy Madigan
Mary Jane Vann
Donal Logue
Steven Burnett
Eric Bogosian
Doug Elders
Kurtwood Smith
General Westmoreland
Robert John Burke
Frank Drummond
Ed Lauter
General Weyand
Harve Presnell
MACV General
Neil Sheehan
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Lois Bonfiglio
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Audience Reviews for A Bright Shining Lie

  • Nov 09, 2010
    Interesting HBO movie based on the experiences of John Vann soldier, and military advisor, during the Vietnam conflict. A revealing story of cover-ups, and mistakes that are ultimately revealed about all wars. Decently done.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2008
    I barely remember this one, but I liked it because Paxton was in it.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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