A Bright Shining Lie (film)

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

A Bright Shining Lie is an 1998 American television film based on Neil Sheehan's 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 and is written and 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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