To Heal a Nation (1988)





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To Heal a Nation is the true story of Jan Scruggs (Eric Roberts), a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. In 1979, Scruggs, employed by the US Department of Labor, becomes obsessed with the dream of erecting a monument to those who died in Vietnam. In pursuit of this dream, Scruggs and his fellow fundraisers run up against bureaucratic indifference and public hostility-not to mention the reservations of certain veterans who disapprove of the monument's "radical" design. On November 13, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is erected in Washington DC-an intensely emotional moment, vividly recreated by combining dramatizations with actual news footage. Originally presented as GE Theater TV production, To Heal a Nation debuted May 29, 1988.
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Eric Roberts
as Jan Scruggs
D. David Morin
as Reporter
Scott Paulin
as Bob Doubek
David Hess
as Anchorman
Glynnis O'Connor
as Becky Scruggs
Laurence Luckinbill
as Senator Bob Mathias
Travis Swords
as Questioner
Linden Chiles
as Senator John Warner
David Wells
as James Watt
Sam Chew Jr.
as Speaker
Richard Chaves
as Veteran
Robert Patten
as Colonel
Alan Toy
as Veteran
Marshall Colt
as Jack Wheeler
Stuart Nisbet
as Phil Burton
Mort Sertner
as Speaker
Laura Misch Owens
as Elisa Wheeler
Conrad Bachmann
as H. Ross Perot
Lyle Kessler
as Veteran
Dale Swann
as Speaker
Ron Prince
as Speaker
Ed Williams
as Chaplin
Patrick Rogers
as Volunteer
John Di Fusco
as Veteran
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