A Bright Shining Lie (film)

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A Bright Shining Lie
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Terry George
Produced by Greg Ricketson
Written by Terry George
Starring Bill Paxton
Amy Madigan
Vivian Wu
Donal Logue
Eric Bogosian
Kurtwood Smith
Country United States
Language English
Original channel HBO
Release date
  • May 30, 1998 (1998-05-30)
Running time 118 minutes

A Bright Shining Lie is an 1998 American television film based on Neil Sheehan's book of the same name and true story of John Paul Vann's experience in the Vietnam War. It stars Bill Paxton, Amy Madigan, Vivian Wu, Donal Logue, Eric Bogosian and Kurtwood Smith and is written & directed by Terry George, and produced by Greg Ricketson.


Award nominations[edit]

In 1998, the film was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie. In 1999, Bill Paxton was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance in the film.


  1. ^ Lyman, Rick, "HBO's 'Shining Lie' Draws Early Complaints", New York Times archives, May 20, 1998. Retrieved 2014-09-02.

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