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The Resource A bright shining lie, HBO pictures presents a Bleecker Street Films production ; a Terry George film, (videorecording)

A bright shining lie, HBO pictures presents a Bleecker Street Films production ; a Terry George film, (videorecording)

Label
A bright shining lie
Title
A bright shining lie
Statement of responsibility
HBO pictures presents a Bleecker Street Films production ; a Terry George film
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
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
Executive producer, Lois Bonfiglio ; producer, Greg Ricketson ; director/screenplay, Terry George ; photography, Jack Conroy ; editor, Nicholas Bealman ; music, Gary Chang
Intended audience
  • Rated R
  • Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired
PerformerNote
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
Runtime
118
Technique
live action
Label
A bright shining lie, HBO pictures presents a Bleecker Street Films production ; a Terry George film, (videorecording)
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Based on the book by Neil Sheehan
  • Videodisc release of the May 30, 1998 television motion picture
  • Special features: cast biographies; English or Spanish language
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (approximately 118 min.)
Isbn
9780783114279
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other physical details
sound, color
Publisher number
91220
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • ocm40653720
  • OCoLC
System details
DVD
Video recording format
laserdisc
Label
A bright shining lie, HBO pictures presents a Bleecker Street Films production ; a Terry George film, (videorecording)
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Based on the book by Neil Sheehan
  • Videodisc release of the May 30, 1998 television motion picture
  • Special features: cast biographies; English or Spanish language
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (approximately 118 min.)
Isbn
9780783114279
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other physical details
sound, color
Publisher number
91220
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • ocm40653720
  • OCoLC
System details
DVD
Video recording format
laserdisc

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