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The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Biography  |  25 January 2000 (USA)
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A documentary look, mostly through the eyes of Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, at her rise and fall as a popular televangelist with husband Jim Bakker. Traces their rise: her teen marriage to ... See full summary »

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Himself (Narrator) (voice)
Tammy Faye Bakker ...
Herself
Virginia Fairchild ...
Herself - aunt
Johnny Grover ...
Himself - brother
Jim Bakker ...
Himself
Lori Graham Bakker ...
Herself
Mel White ...
Himself
Tammy Sue Bakker-Chapman ...
Herself
Jamie Bakker ...
Himself
Roe Messner ...
Himself
Charles E. Shepard ...
Himself
Marvin Brooks ...
Himself - doctor (as Dr. Marvin Brooks)
James Albert ...
Himself
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Himself
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Himself
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A documentary look, mostly through the eyes of Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, at her rise and fall as a popular televangelist with husband Jim Bakker. Traces their rise: her teen marriage to Jim; their children's TV show (she was a puppeteer and singer), success founding the 700 Club, co-founding the Trinity Broadcast Network, and starting PTL Network; her nondenominational version of Christianity reaching out to all; and, their building of Heritage USA, a theme park. Things fall apart as money woes mount for Heritage and for Jim, as Tammy takes pills, and as Jerry Falwell takes PTL. Jim goes to prison; she remarries, finds herself alone again, yet remains unsinkable. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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She'll make a believer out of you


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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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$14,070 (USA) (21 July 2000)

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$1,025,234 (USA) (29 September 2000)
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A decent, fluffy documentary on a fluffy subject
14 July 2004 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

There's not a lot to say about The Eyes of Tammy Faye other than it is pretty entertaining in the way that People Magazine can be entertaining once in awhile. Watching her rise as the wife of an evangelist (their `hook' as it were, was to create a puppet show to spread the word of god, if it can be believed) and turning into a pervasive public icon was interesting, and the research was pretty decent. Unfortunately, I expected to watch this film and just shake my head and laugh, but this was hard to do since she seems to be just so damn `nice'. I found myself actually feeling sorry for her because behind this gruesome mask of cosmetics, she seems to actually be a pretty down to earth and nice person. The whole documentary has a camp feel to it, however, from the dog hand puppets announcing each `act' to the narration by RuPaul.

I wouldn't say that this is a hard-hitting piece of investigative filmmaking in the slightest, but it is definitely a step above the standard celebrity profiles and biographies on television, and above all, fairly entertaining.

--Shelly


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