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Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  5 January 1982 (Sweden)
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The story of the Peoples Temple cult led by Rev. Jim Jones and the events involving its move to Guyana and its eventual mass suicide.

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Based upon the true story of Jim Jones, a self-proclaimed prophet. In the 1960s, he began as an idealist helping minorities and working against racism. Later, after increased power and attention, Jim Jones became focused on his belief in nuclear holocaust. He had a loyal following of about 1000 people, who had donated their entire life savings to him to join his commune. When possible illegal activities came to the attention of the authorities, they started to investigate. Rather that faces the charges, Jim Jones committed suicide, and convinced virtually all of his followers to do the same. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The song "Welcome" that the choir sings is taken from a recording of the actual People's Temple Choir. See more »

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Blank firing adapters can be clearly seen on the muzzles of all the AK assault rifles used by the guards. See more »

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Riveting! Powers Boothe BECOMES Jim Jones
18 August 2001 | by (San Gabriel, Ca., USA) – See all my reviews

Just given the fact that it is based on the most infamous mass suicide incident of modern times would have been enough to give this 2-part 1980 made-for-TV film attention. But the fact is that it is a superb recreation of the life of the Rev. Jim Jones, who built a church into a virtual empire, and then encouraged it to disintegrate into a sleazy cult in which a Congressman and his entourage were assassinated, and 917 cult followers committed suicide by drinking Kool-Aid doused with cyanide.

Done very tastefully but horrifying enough, unlike the excruciatingly sadistic CULT OF THE DAMNED, GUYANA TRAGEDY features an all-star cast, including Ned Beatty (as Rep. Leo Ryan), Meg Foster, Randy Quaid, Brad Dourif, Brenda Vaccaro, LeVar Burton, and Madge Sinclair. But it is Powers Boothe (in his first big role) that really stands out as Jim Jones. He actually BECOMES the man, and his performance is riveting and chilling. Thus, it is no wonder that this film still manages to attract attention after more than twenty years.


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