A Bright Shin­ing Lie

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Comics -

Cine­max, As­tro Ch 412, 7.15am

This made-for-TV war drama film is based on Neil Shee­han’s book of the same name. It tells the true story of a US army lieu­tenant colonel John Paul Vann and his role in the Viet­nam War. It fol­lows Vann’s life as a military ad­viser in Viet­nam. He quickly learns that sev­eral South Viet­namese bat­tal­ions are forg­ing low ca­su­alty num­bers and suc­cess­ful bat­tle records. To­gether with jour­nal­ist Steven Bur­nett, they try to take the mat­ter public and in the process, it 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. Bill Pax­ton, Donal Logue and Vi­vian Wu star.

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