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A Bright Shining Lie (1998)

R
TV Movie | 118 min | Drama, War

True story of Army man John Paul Vann, whose military success provided him the fulfillment he never found in his personal life.
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Neil Sheehan (book) | Terry George (teleplay)
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Updated May 30, 1998

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May 30, 1998 (United States)

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Bill Paxton
John Paul Vann John Paul Vann   See fewer
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Bo Eason
Officer Tally Officer Tally   See fewer
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William L. Mansey
Officer Conroy Officer Conroy   See fewer
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Karina Logue
Barmaid Barmaid   See fewer
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Amy Madigan
Mary Jane Vann Mary Jane Vann   See fewer
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Robert L. Hull
Bureaucrat Soldier Bureaucrat Soldier   See fewer
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Donal Logue
Steven Burnett Steven Burnett   See fewer
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'Josh' Somsak Orajan
Vann's ARVN Driver Vann's ARVN Driver   See fewer
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Harve Presnell
MACV General MACV General   See fewer
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Robert John Burke
Frank Drummond Frank Drummond   See fewer
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Bill Whelan
Ron Dray Ron Dray   See fewer
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Kay Tong Lim
Colonel Cao Huynh Van Colonel Cao Huynh Van   See fewer
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Seng Kawee
VC Leader (as Kawee 'Seng' Sirikhanerut) VC Leader (as Kawee 'Seng' Sirikhanerut)   See fewer
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Kajie Khan
Madame Nhu (as Kajie Kahn) Madame Nhu (as Kajie Kahn)   See fewer
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Van Thoa Trinh
VC Commander (as Thoa Trinh Van) VC Commander (as Thoa Trinh Van)   See fewer
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Richard Montgomery
General's Aide General's Aide   See fewer
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Andrew Borba
Reporter #1 - Nick Reporter #1 - Nick   See fewer
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Michael Markovitch
Peter Vann Age 12 Peter Vann Age 12   See fewer
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John Patrick Markovitch
Jesse Vann Age 9 Jesse Vann Age 9   See fewer
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Kathleen Markovitch
Patty Vann Age 7 Patty Vann Age 7   See fewer
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Richard DeRusha
Protocol Officer Protocol Officer   See fewer
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Richard Libertini
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James Bigwood
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Ed Lauter
General Weyand General Weyand   See fewer
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Kurtwood Smith
General Westmoreland General Westmoreland   See fewer
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Eric Bogosian
Doug Elders Doug Elders   See fewer
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Jon Marsh
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Les Mau
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David Warshofsky
Terry Pike Terry Pike   See fewer
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Thanh Nguyen
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Xuyen Dangers
The School Teacher The School Teacher   See fewer
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Tom Hong
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Annie (as Pichariya Narkboonchai) Annie (as Pichariya Narkboonchai)   See fewer
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Red Cross Man (as Philip Roope) Red Cross Man (as Philip Roope)   See fewer
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Graham 'Grace' Walker
Pastor (as Grace Walker) Pastor (as Grace Walker)   See fewer
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Robert Miranda
Vann's Cousin Vann's Cousin   See fewer
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Colin D. Smith
American Commander American Commander   See fewer
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Jim Pearson
Army Sergeant Army Sergeant   See fewer
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John Higgins
CIA Man CIA Man   See fewer
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Vu Dinh Nguyen
Lieutenant Tran Ngoc Ba Lieutenant Tran Ngoc Ba   See fewer
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Chang Ching Peng Chaplin
Annie's Father (as Ching Peng Chaplin Chang) Annie's Father (as Ching Peng Chaplin Chang)   See fewer
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Sergeant Muek (as Abhijati Jusakul) Sergeant Muek (as Abhijati Jusakul)   See fewer
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Robert J. Szempruch
Vann's Helicopter Pilot (as Major Rob Szempruch) Vann's Helicopter Pilot (as Major Rob Szempruch)   See fewer
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Vann's Aide (as Christopher J. Webster) Vann's Aide (as Christopher J. Webster)   See fewer
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John Lafayette
Major Jones Major Jones   See fewer
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Rory J. Aylward
Bomber Command Bomber Command   See fewer
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Todd Sible
Jesse Vann Age 19 Jesse Vann Age 19   See fewer
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Bill Monsour
American GI American GI   See fewer
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6.5 / 10 | 1,298 votes