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Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (TV Movie 1980) Poster

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The dialogue used in the mass suicide/murder scene near the end of the film was taken almost word-for-word from an audiocassette found in a portable tape recorder under Jim Jones' chair. The tape recorder had weak batteries and was running at a much slower than normal speed, allowing the entire event to be recorded.
The song "Welcome" that the choir sings is taken from a recording of the actual People's Temple Choir.
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Madge Sinclair plays Levar Burton's mother in this mini-series. She plays His older character's wife in "Roots" (A much older Kunte Kinte, played by John Amos). Sinclair also portrays Levar Burton's character's mother on Star Trek, where she plays Geordi La Forge's mother captain Silva La Forge.
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Irene Cara; and seven Oscar nominees: Ned Beatty, Diane Ladd, James Earl Jones, Randy Quaid, Brad Dourif, Brenda Vaccaro and Diana Scarwid.
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Powers Boothe and Ron O'Neal later appeared in Red Dawn (1984).
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