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A bright shining lie

Author: Terry GeorgeJack ConroyGreg RicketsonLois BonfiglioBill PaxtonAll authors
Publisher: [New York] : HBO Home Video, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical films
Drama
Feature films
War films
Named Person: John Paul Vann; John Paul Vann
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Terry George; Jack Conroy; Greg Ricketson; Lois Bonfiglio; Bill Paxton; Amy Madigan; Vivian Wu; Donal Logue; James Rebhorn; Kurtwood Smith; Les J N Mau; Ed Lauter; Harve Presnell; Xuyen Thi Dangers; Kay Tong Lim; David Warshofsky; Robert Burke; John Lafayette; Richard Libertini; Eric Bogosian; Gary Chang; HBO Pictures.; Bleecker Street Films (Firm); HBO Video (Firm)
ISBN: 0783114273 9780783114279
OCLC Number: 40653720
Language Note: In English or Spanish dialogue with optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish; closed-captioned.
Notes: Originally broadcast by HBO May 30, 1998.
Based on the book by Neil Sheehan.
Special features: Making of featurette; cast and crew bios.
Credits: Music by Gary Chang ; associate producer, James Bigwood ; film editor, Nicholas Beauman ; production designer, Graham "Grace" Walker.
Cast: Bill Paxton, Amy Madigan, Vivian Wu, Donal Logue, James Rebhorn, Kurtwood Smith, Les J.N. Mau, Ed Lauter, Harve Presnell, Xuyen Dangers, Kay Tong Lim, David Warshofsky, Robert John Burke, John Lafayette, Richard Libertini, Eric Bogosian.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: R.
Description: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby surround.
Responsibility: HBO pictures presents a Bleecker Street Films production ; a film by Terry George ; director of photography, Jack Conroy ; producer, Greg Ricketson ; executive producer, Lois Bonfiglio ; screenplay by Terry George ; directed by Terry George.

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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.

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