Bright Shining Lie

Bright Shining Lie

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Director: Terry George

Cast: Bill Paxton, Amy Madigan, Vivian Wu

     
 

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Adapted from Neil Sheehan's 1988 Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller, this $14-million TV docudrama, re-creating the Vietnam War with convincing combat footage, was the most expensive two-hour movie ever produced by HBO Pictures. Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann (Bill Paxton) spends ten years (1962-72) in Vietnam. When Vann exposes falsified casualty figures,… See more details below

Overview

Adapted from Neil Sheehan's 1988 Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller, this $14-million TV docudrama, re-creating the Vietnam War with convincing combat footage, was the most expensive two-hour movie ever produced by HBO Pictures. Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann (Bill Paxton) spends ten years (1962-72) in Vietnam. When Vann exposes falsified casualty figures, deceptive battle reports, and other lies about the war, journalist Steven Burnett (Donal Logue) relays the truth to American newspapers, and Vann takes heat from higher-ups. Meanwhile, he's involved with a Vietnamese teacher (Vivian Wu), and his wife (Amy Madigan) is forced to lie so he won't be court-martialed for sexual relations with an underage Vietnamese girl. Back for a second tour, he gets another young Vietnamese woman pregnant and is forced to marry her. Returning in 1968 as a civilian, he's decorated and eventually promoted to general for his contributions during the Tet offensive. The music track features Grace Slick singing "Somebody to Love" while peasant villages are bombed. Filmed in Lompburi, Thailand. Premiered May 30, 1998 on HBO.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2012
UPC:
0883316481370
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
47,356

Special Features

Closed Caption; Complete with cast bios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Paxton John Paul Vann
Amy Madigan Mary Jane Vann
Vivian Wu Lee
Donal Logue Steven Burnett
Eric Bogosian Doug Elders
Kurtwood Smith Gen Wm. Westmoreland
Robert Burke Capt. Frank Drummond
James Rebhorn Ambassador
Ed Lauter Gen. Fred Weyland
Harve Presnell Gen. Paul Harkins
Pichariva Narakbunchai Annie
Les J.N. Mau Gen. Chinh
Lim Kay Tong Col. Huynh Van Cao

Technical Credits
Terry George Director,Screenwriter
Nicholas Beauman Editor
Joan Bergin Costumes/Costume Designer
Lois Bonfiglio Executive Producer
Steven Borne Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Chang Score Composer
Jack Conroy Cinematographer
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Thomas S. Drescher Score Composer
Greg Ricketson Producer
Graham "Grace" Walker Production Designer
Sherry Whitfield Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Bright Shining Lie
1. Clearer Times [8:31]
2. "Skilled and Experienced" [8:18]
3. A Matter of Perspective [6:13]
4. Reluctant Warriors [6:45]
5. The Truth Hurts [7:00]
6. A Promising Career [10:15]
7. The US Aide Program [11:02]
8. Who's Side Are You On? [8:09]
9. Vann's Personal War [12:26]
10. Ill-Advised [5:05]
11. Saigon Under Siege [6:30]
12. Vietnamization [6:44]
13. A Shrewd Strategist [10:16]
14. America's Warrior [6:29]

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