A Bright Shining Lie
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.