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

Publication Info. [New York] : HBO Home Video, [1998]


Location Call No. Status
 Granby, Main Library - Drama  DRAMA DVD BRI c.31  Check Shelf
Description 1 videodisc (approximately 118 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Note Based on the book by Neil Sheehan.
Originally broadcast by HBO May 30, 1998.
Credits Executive producer, Lois Bonfiglio ; photography, Jack Conroy ; editor, Nicholas Bealman ; music, Gary Chang.
Cast Bill Paxton, Amy Madigan, Vivian Wu, Donal Logue, Eric Bogosian, Kurtwood Smith, Robert J. Burke, James Rebhorn, Ed Lauter, Harve Presnell, Pichariva Narakboonchai, Lee J.N. Mau, Kay Tong Lim.
Audience MPAA rating: R.
System Details DVD.
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.
Language Includes Spanish dubbed version. Closed-captioned.
Note GMD: videorecording.
Subject Vann, John Paul -- Drama.
Biographical films.
War films.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Drama.
Added Author George, Terry.
Paxton, Bill.
Madigan, Amy.
Wu, Vivian, 1966-
Logue, Donal, 1966-
Bogosian, Eric.
Smith, Kurtwood, 1943-
Burke, Robert J.
Rebhorn, James, 1948-2014.
Lauter, Ed, 1938-2013.
Presnell, Harve.
Narakboonchai, Pichariva.
Mau, Lee J. N.
Lim, Kay Tong.
Sheehan, Neil.
HBO Pictures.
Bleecker Street Films (Firm)
ISBN 0783114273
Standard No. 026359122026
Music No. 91220 HBO Home Video
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