A Bright Shining Lie (1998)





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This well-wrought war drama is based on Neil Sheehan's Pulitzer-Prize winning novel and looks at the 10-years in which the U.S. was involved with Vietnam through the eyes of Lt.Colonel John Paul Vann.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Drama , Television
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HBO Video


Bill Paxton
as John Paul Vann
Amy Madigan
as Mary Jane Vann
Donal Logue
as Burnett
Eric Bogosian
as Doug Elders
Ed Lauter
as Gen. Weyand
Kurtwood Smith
as Westmoreland
James Rebhorn
as Ambassador
Richard Libertini
as Psychiatrist
Robert John Burke
as Captain Frank Drummond
Harve Presnell
as General Paul Harkins
Les J.N. Mau
as General Chin
Jon Marsh
as British Reporter
Kay Tong Lim
as Col. Huynh Van Cao
Xuyen Dangers
as School Teacher
John Lafayette
as Major Jones
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Critic Reviews for A Bright Shining Lie

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for A Bright Shining Lie


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.
Cynthia S.

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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.

Joshua Sommer
Joshua Sommer

I barely remember this one, but I liked it because Paxton was in it.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

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