To Heal a Nation


2h 1988

Brief Synopsis

A true story of Jan Scruggs, a Vietnam veteran who overcame government and individual opposition in a three-year struggle to persuade the government to build the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Presented as a segment of "G.E. Theater."

Film Details

Also Known As
G.E. Theater (05/29/88), GE Theater (05/29/88)
Release Date
1988
Production Company
NBC Entertainment
Distribution Company
Turner Home Entertainment Company
Location
Washington, DC, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

A true story of Jan Scruggs, a Vietnam veteran who overcame government and individual opposition in a three-year struggle to persuade the government to build the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Presented as a segment of "G.E. Theater."

Film Details

Also Known As
G.E. Theater (05/29/88), GE Theater (05/29/88)
Release Date
1988
Production Company
NBC Entertainment
Distribution Company
Turner Home Entertainment Company
Location
Washington, DC, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of two George Washington Honor Medals in the 1989 Freedoms Foundation Awards competition. NBC's Media Relations department won in the Public Communications category for its publicity campaign for the drama. Lionel Chetwynd, the writer of the teleplay, was also a winner in the Public Communications category.

Aired in United States May 29, 1988

Released in United States on Video January 6, 1993

Oscar nominee Eric Roberts ("Runaway Train") makes his TV-movie acting debut in the lead role of Jan Scruggs.

The telefilm was originally scheduled to air on May 22, 1988, but was rescheduled to coincide with Memorial Day weekend.

This is the first "G.E. Theater" presentation to air since January 26, 1983. The original "G.E. Theater" anthology series aired from 1953-1962 with Ronald Reagan hosting from 1954-1962.

Marshall Colt is the only cast member to have served in the Vietnam War.