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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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The rise and fall of Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple Christian Church, through the eyes of eight different characters.

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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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I can't believe it's a TV movie!
25 May 2000 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Sure Guyana Tragedy eschews sex scenes and four letter words...it still somehow manages to be totally convincing. I can't imagine anyone except Powers Boothe in the role of Jim Jones and his supporting cast is outstanding. There are a lot of familiar faces, but the film avoids the 'hey, look at LeVar Burton in a guest spot!' pitfall. Brad Dourif is particularly good as the young junkie turned Jonestown MD who cooks up the special Kool-Aid at the end. The best TV movie ever? Possibly. It certainly avoids some of the cliches of The Day After.


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