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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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Tammy Faye Bakker: How sad that we as Christians, who are to be the salt of the earth, and we, who are supposed to be able to love everyone, are afraid so badly of an AIDS patient that we will not go up and put our arm around them and tell that that we care.
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10 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was familiar with Jim and Tammy Faye before their downfall. Heck, I might have even sent a contribution to the 700 Club. I seem to remember having a 700 Club pin. But, that was another life, so this film was a trip down memory lane for me.

What was interesting was the insight into the machinations of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. It is clear from the film that they have more love for themselves than they do for the god they profess to believe in. That is not surprising to me, but it will be revealing to others.

Despite, her outrageous makeup, Tammy Faye comes off here as a genuinely warm and loving person. I was especially touched by her acceptance of gays and her comment that "God doesn't make junk."I wish other so-called "christians" would take note.

A good documentary.


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