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To Heal a Nation (1988)





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To Heal a Nation is the true story of Jan Scruggs (Eric Roberts), a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. In 1979, Scruggs, employed by the US Department of Labor, becomes obsessed with the dream of erecting a monument to those who died in Vietnam. In pursuit of this dream, Scruggs and his fellow fundraisers run up against bureaucratic indifference and public hostility-not to mention the reservations of certain veterans who disapprove of the monument's "radical" design. On November 13, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is erected in Washington DC-an intensely emotional moment, vividly recreated by combining dramatizations with actual news footage. Originally presented as GE Theater TV production, To Heal a Nation debuted May 29, 1988.


Eric Roberts
as Jan Scruggs
Glynnis O'Connor
as Becky Scruggs
Marshall Colt
as Jack Wheeler
Scott Paulin
as Bob Doubek
Laurence Luckinbill
as Senator Bob Mathias
Linden Chiles
as Senator John Warner
Conrad Bachmann
as H. Ross Perot
David Wells
as James Watt
Stuart Nisbet
as Phil Burton
Laura Misch Owens
as Elisa Wheeler
Alan Toy
as Veteran
Lyle Kessler
as Veteran
Sam Chew Jr.
as Speaker
Ron Prince
as Speaker
Dale Swann
as Speaker
Ed Williams
as Chaplin
Travis Swords
as Questioner
David Hess
as Anchorman
Patrick Rogers
as Volunteer
Richard Foster
as Contractor
Mort Sertner
as Speaker
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