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Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980)

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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5 January 1982 (Sweden)  »

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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 and VERY watchable portrayal
15 April 2002 | by (New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

When I first saw the video at the video store, I was fascinated. I remember seeing the Waco Branch Davidian cult compound burn and reading about Jonestown in Time and Newsweek in 1993, and I was intrigued as to why so many people would readily lay down their lives for some madman like David Koresh or Jim Jones. So, I rented Guyana Tragedy for some insight into the Peoples Temple cult. What I saw was very interesting to watch. Powers Boothe did an excellent job as Jim Jones, in my opinion. You can see how persuasive, demanding, and maniacal Jones really was. And the other characters in the movie are all well-played. James Earl Jones makes a small appearance as Father Divine, but he stands out as only he can, Darth Vader voice and all. Ned Beatty, Randy Quaid, LeVar Burton all shine here. This surprised me in that it was more watchable than I thought it would be. A VERY nicely-done movie, worth anyone's viewing.


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