A Bright Shining Lie (1998)
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as John Paul Vann
as Mary Jane Vann
as Doug Elders
as Gen. Weyand
as Captain Frank Drummond
as General Paul Harkins
as General Chin
as British Reporter
as Col. Huynh Van Cao
as School Teacher
as Major Jones
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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.
I didn't like the film too much because I'm kind of anti-war and this film does glorify war... which it shouldn't. However, the lead actor was good and this helped the film along. I didn't know anything about the Vietnam war, and this film was as informative as it was entertaining. More films should be like it in that way.
I barely remember this one, but I liked it because Paxton was in it.
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