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The Resource A bright shining lie, 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, (DVD)

A bright shining lie, 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, (DVD)

Label
A bright shining lie
Title
A bright shining lie
Statement of 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
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • spa
  • fre
  • eng
  • eng
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
Cataloging source
LAS
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Music by Gary Chang ; associate producer, James Bigwood ; film editor, Nicholas Beauman ; production designer, Graham "Grace" Walker
Intended audience
MPAA rating: R
Language note
In English or Spanish dialogue with optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish; closed-captioned
LC call number
PN1997
LC item number
.B7545 1998
PerformerNote
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
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1966-
  • 1966-
  • 1948-2014
  • 1943-
  • 1954-
  • 1938-2013
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • George, Terry
  • Conroy, Jack
  • Ricketson, Greg
  • Bonfiglio, Lois
  • Paxton, Bill
  • Madigan, Amy
  • Wu, Vivian
  • Logue, Donal
  • Rebhorn, James
  • Smith, Kurtwood
  • Mau, Les J. N.
  • Lauter, Ed
  • Presnell, Harve
  • Dangers, Xuyen Thi
  • Lim, Kay Tong
  • Warshofsky, David
  • Burke, Robert
  • Lafayette, John
  • Libertini, Richard
  • Bogosian, Eric
  • Chang, Gary
  • HBO Pictures
  • Bleecker Street Films (Firm)
  • HBO Video (Firm)
Runtime
118
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Vann, John Paul
  • United States
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Soldiers
Technique
live action
Label
A bright shining lie, 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, (DVD)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Originally broadcast by HBO May 30, 1998
  • Based on the book by Neil Sheehan
  • Special features: Making of featurette; cast and crew bios
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
quadrophonic multichannel or surround
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (118 min.)
Isbn
9780783114279
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
026359122026
Other physical details
sd., col.
Publisher number
91220
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)40653720
  • 523672
  • (OCoLC)ocm40653720
  • 523672
System details
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby surround
Video recording format
DVD
Label
A bright shining lie, 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, (DVD)
Publication
Note
  • Originally broadcast by HBO May 30, 1998
  • Based on the book by Neil Sheehan
  • Special features: Making of featurette; cast and crew bios
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
quadrophonic multichannel or surround
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (118 min.)
Isbn
9780783114279
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
026359122026
Other physical details
sd., col.
Publisher number
91220
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)40653720
  • 523672
  • (OCoLC)ocm40653720
  • 523672
System details
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby surround
Video recording format
DVD

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