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Title A bright shining lie [videorecording] / HBO pictures presents a Bleecker Street Films production ; a Terry George film ; producer, Greg Ricketson ; screenplay by Terry George ; directed by Terry George.

Imprint [New York] : HBO Home Video, c1998.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe DVDs 1st Floor  791.4372 B768s 1998    ---  Billed
Description 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details DVD; Region 1; Dolby surround.
Language English or Spanish dialogue with optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish; closed-captioned.
Cast Bill Paxton, Amy Madigan, Vivian Wu, Donal Logue, Eric Bogosian, Kurtwood Smith, Robert J. Burke, James Rebhorn, Ed Lauter, Harve Presnell, Pichariva Narakboonchai, Les J.N. Mau, Kay Tong Lim.
Credits Executive producer, Lois Bonfiglio ; director of photography, Jack Conroy ; film editor, Nicholas Beauman ; music, Gary Chang.
Note Originally broadcast by HBO May 30, 1998.
Based on the book by Neil Sheehan.
Audience MPAA rating: R.
Summary The story of LTC John Paul Vann (Paxton) and his work as a military and civilian advisor in Vietnam over a ten year period (1962-72) until his death in an accidental helicopter crash. As a military advisor, Vann attempted to fight corruption in the Vietnamese army, recognizing the need to build trust among the Vietnamese peasantry. When his recommendations were ignored by the U.S. military, he exposed falsified battle reports and other deceptions to a New York Times reporter, effectively ending his military career. As the war escalated, however, Vann returned to Vietnam as a civilian advisor under Nixon's "Vietnamization" program, ending as the defacto commander of Vietnamese forces in the successful defense of the Central Highlands during the 1972 Easter Offensive. The film also examines Vann's character flaws, the chief of these being his adulterous nature and affairs with Vietnamese women which resulted in a forced marriage to a Vietnamese schoolgirl whom he had gotten pregnant.
Note Special features: cast and crew bios.
Subject Vann, John Paul -- Drama.
Biographical films.
War films.
Television programs.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Drama.
Films for the hearing impaired.
Added Author George, Terry.
Paxton, Bill, 1955-2017.
Madigan, Amy.
Wu, Vivian, 1966-
Logue, Donal, 1966-
Bogosian, Eric.
Smith, Kurtwood, 1943-
Burke, Robert (Robert John)
Rebhorn, James, 1948-2014.
Lauter, Ed, 1938-2013.
Presnell, Harve, 1933-2009.
Narakboonchai, Pichariva.
Mau, Les J. N., 1954-
Lim, Kay Tong.
Sheehan, Neil.
HBO Pictures.
Bleecker Street Films (Firm)
HBO Video (Firm)
ISBN 0783114273
Standard No. 026359122026
Music No. 91220 HBO Home Video

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