A Bright Shining Lie Poster

Release Date: 1998

DVD Release Date: December 22nd, 1998

R|2 hr 10 min

Plot Summary
John Paul Vann (Bill Paxton) is sent to Vietnam in 1962 as a military adviser and quickly learns that several South Vietnamese battalions are forging low casualty numbers and successful battle records. Vann, along with journalist Steven Burnett (Donal Logue), tries to take the matter public and in the process destroys his career and reputation. His private life also takes a hit when his wife (Amy Madigan) learns of his numerous affairs, including one with a Vietnamese teacher (Vivian Wu).

Cast: Bill Paxton, Amy Madigan, Vivian Wu, Donal Logue, Eric Bogosian, Kurtwood Smith, Robert John Burke, James Rebhorn

Director: Terry George

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Deception, Transformation, 1970s, Brooding, Emotional, Wife, Tense, 1960s, Fall


Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nominated Outstanding Made-for-Television Movie