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Bright Shining Lie, A(1998)

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Brief Synopsis

Based on Neil Sheehan''s Pulitzer Prixe-winning book, which tells the true story of John Paul Vann, one of the first U.S. senior military advisers sent to Vietnam. Initially determined to defeat the Communists, Vann soon realized that the way in which the war was being fought made victory impossible. He saw that the U.S. government was supporting a corrupt regime in South Vietnam, which had no intention of carrying out the reforms they espoused. Vann shared this information, becoming a major source for American journalists critical of the war. After he returned home in 1964, Vann became bored with domestic life and returned to Vietnam in 1965 as a civilian to help the war''s victims. Following Richard Nixon''s election as president, Vann was appointed a civilian general, the first in history, for his efforts. While serving in this capacity, Vann was killed in a helicopter crash in 1972.

Cast & Crew

Terry George Director
Bill Paxton Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann
Amy Madigan Mary Jane Vann
Eric Bogosian Doug Elders
Kurtwood Smith General William Westmoreland
Donal Logue Steven Burnett
Robert John Burke Captain Frank Drummond
Harve Presnell General Paul Harkins
Les J N Mau General Chin
Ed Lauter General Fred Weyand
James Rebhorn American Ambassador To Vietnam

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