A Bright Shining Lie

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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 ...
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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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Special Features

Closed Caption; Complete with cast bios
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2012
  • UPC: 883316481370
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 52,889

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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Menu

Disc #1 -- A Bright Shining Lie
   Play Movie
   Special Features
   Scene Index
   Cast/Crew Bios
      Col. John Paul Vann -- Bill Paxton
      Mary Jane Vann -- Amy Madigan
      Lee -- Vivian Wu
      Steven Burnett -- Donal Logue
      Daniel Ellsberg -- Eric Bogosian
      Directed by -- Terry George
      Written by -- Christopher Hampton and Terry George
   Languages
      English
      Español
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
      Subtitles Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A BRIGHT SHINING LIE -- WHAT THE VIETNAM WAR WAS LIKE AND HOW IT COULD PERHAPS HAVE BEEN MANAGED RIGHT!!

    this film is a very close reflection of the effect the Vietnam war had ob both america society and the vietnamese population as a whole. it highlights most of the corruption that went by and the military ineptitudes of the US top brass fighting a guerilla war with WWII tactics!
    good viewing. had a problem initially as the DVD is not all region!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Truth Will Set You Free ?

    A Bright Shining Lie: Rates as one of the most informative eye opening films I have ever seen on the inner workings of the War in Viet Nam. It takes you on a ride that brings you to the egde of the realization that we ( ? ) did not want to win the war in Southeast Asia. This film shows all too clearly, that one life means nothing if you try to turn the tide of truth against those that see truth in a very different light. John Paul Vann gave his life in pursuit of ideals that were not mainstream. A very gripping and frustrating film in the fact that it exposes lies that many hoped would remain lies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bright Shining Star Production for HBO Pictures

    An emotionally charged bio-pic with a hety dose of realism. Bill Paxton never better as American anti-hero John Paul Van. Great locations, soundtrack and all around performances. Shows what $14,000,000.00 can buy when it's spent the right way.

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