A Bright Shining Lie (film)

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A Bright Shining Lie
Promotional poster
GenreWar drama
Based onA Bright Shining Lie
by Neil Sheehan
Written byTerry George
Directed byTerry George
Music byGary Chang
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerLois Bonfiglio
ProducerGreg Ricketson
Production locationsLopburi, Thailand
Cirebon, Central Java, Indonesia
CinematographyJack Conroy
EditorNicholas Beauman
Running time118 minutes
Production companies
Budget$14 million[1]
Original release
  • May 30, 1998 (1998-05-30)

A Bright Shining Lie is a 1998 American war drama television film written and directed by Terry George, based on Neil Sheehan's 1988 book of the same name and the 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. It aired on HBO on May 30, 1998.


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.[3]


  1. ^ Richmond, Ray (May 27, 1998). "A Bright, Shining Lie". Variety. Retrieved November 18, 2022.
  2. ^ Rick Lyman (May 20, 1998). "HBO's 'Shining Lie' Draws Early Complaints". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-09-02.
  3. ^ "A Bright Shining Lie (TV)". FilmAffinity. Archived from the original on 2015-10-26. Retrieved September 15, 2020.

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