A Bright Shining Lie


2h 10m 1998

Brief Synopsis

True story of Army man John Paul Vann, whose military success provided him the fulfillment he never found in his personal life.

Film Details

Also Known As
Bright Shining Lie
Genre
Drama
Historical
War
Political
Adaptation
Release Date
1998
Production Company
Central Casting, Inc.; Cinema Research Corporation; Cinemobile Productions; Complete Post Australia Pvt. Ltd; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Digiscope, Inc.; Electric Picture Solutions; Flash Film Works; HBO Films; HBO Network- Home Box Office; Hbo Entertainment; In Frame Inc; Laserpacific Media Corporation; Otto Nemenz International, Inc.; Planet 10 Post; Sound One; Vs Services
Distribution Company
HBO Home Video
Location
Lompburi, Thailand

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 10m

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.

Crew

Brian Bansgrove

Gaffer

Nicholas Beauman

Editor

Joan Bergin

Costume Designer

James Bigwood

Associate Producer

James Bigwood

Unit Production Manager

Murphy Birosall

Adr Editor

P. J. Bloom

Music Coordinator

Lois Bonfiglio

Executive Producer

Steve Borne

Sound Editor

Richard Boue

Stunt Coordinator

Laurie Butler

Associate Editor

Danielle Capawanna

Sound Department

Gary Chang

Music

Colin Chase

Electrician

Kevin Chisnall

Special Effects Supervisor

Gigi Coker

Makeup

Barbra Collins

Casting Associate

Marjorie Connelly

Post-Production Supervisor

Jack Conroy

Director Of Photography

Rosemary Cremona

Assistant Director

Dianne Crittenden

Casting

Kevin Deeth

Other

Pam Demetruis

Adr Editor

Thomas Drescher

Music Editor

Frances Edwards

Publicity

Woradet Emeam

Transportation Coordinator

Randy Feemster

Camera Operator

Wattanan Garuh

Hair Stylist

Terry George

Screenwriter

Charles Graffeo

Gaffer

Paul Guthrie

Camera Operator

Marjory Hahlin

Makeup Artist

Stephen Halbert

Gaffer

Douglas Harlocker

Property Master

Nicholas Hastandrea

Assistant Director

Eric Hedayat

Location Manager

Donovan Howard

Apprentice

Clint Ingram

Special Effects Coordinator

Abhijati Jusakul

Assistant Director

Vasu Kantatham

Construction Coordinator

Frank Keeyer

Gaffer

Evyen Klean

Music Supervisor

Johnny Knight

Construction Coordinator

Nancy Lesser

Publicity

Lisa J Levine

Adr Editor

Tippawan Mamanee

Assistant Director

Tony Martinez

Dialogue Editor

Alex Matcham

Production Accountant

Cory Mccrum-abdo

Post-Production Coordinator

Branka Mrkic-tana

Adr Supervisor

Jeanmarie Murphy-burke

Publicity

Yvette Nabel

Adr Editor

David Novack

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Bob Numbers

Wardrobe Supervisor

Tom Nursey

Art Director

Kitty Olisky

Production Supervisor

Chaloem Paipad

Dolly Grip

Pasiree Panya

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Patricia Pao

Location Casting

Pasakorn Permpoolsap

Property Master

Pita Pestonji

Unit Production Manager (Thailand)

Santa Pestonji

Production Supervisor

Lauren Polizzi

Art Director

Mary Ellen Porto

Dialogue Editor

Somchart Punklaew

Key Grip

Ginny Randolf

Art Director

John Rann

Construction Coordinator

Greg Ricketson

Producer

Dawn Murphy Riley

Production Coordinator

Marie-ange Ripka

Hair Stylist

Phillip Roope

Location Manager

Jac Rubenstein

Dialogue Editor

Griff Ruggles

Transportation Coordinator

Somchai Santitharangkul

Location Manager

Quentin Schaffer

Publicity

Emma Schofield

Assistant Director

Ger Scully

Wardrobe Supervisor

Neil Sheehan

Book As Source Material ("A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann And America In Vietnam")

Victor Sheelehov

Dolly Grip

Steve Sheridan

Color Timer

Adam Slater

Set Decorator

Chesda Smithsuth

Gaffer

Mutita Na Songkla

Wardrobe Supervisor

John F Sprague

Gaffer

Kuladee Suchartanun

Art Director

Barbara Tuss

Script Supervisor

Caroline Usher

Set Decorator

Steve Visscher

Foley Editor

Peter Waggoner

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Graham Walker

Production Designer

Mark James Wasiutak

Boom Operator

Sherry Whitfield

Music Editor

Gary Wilkins

Sound Mixer

Buncha Wongsaichae

Electrician

Film Details

Also Known As
Bright Shining Lie
Genre
Drama
Historical
War
Political
Adaptation
Release Date
1998
Production Company
Central Casting, Inc.; Cinema Research Corporation; Cinemobile Productions; Complete Post Australia Pvt. Ltd; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Digiscope, Inc.; Electric Picture Solutions; Flash Film Works; HBO Films; HBO Network- Home Box Office; Hbo Entertainment; In Frame Inc; Laserpacific Media Corporation; Otto Nemenz International, Inc.; Planet 10 Post; Sound One; Vs Services
Distribution Company
HBO Home Video
Location
Lompburi, Thailand

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 10m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States May 30, 1998

Released in United States on Video November 17, 1998

Began shooting October 13, 1997.

Neil Sheehan won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.