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She'll make a believer out of you
Plot:
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Sympathetic Portrayal Of Tammy Faye Is Worth Watching See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

RuPaul ... 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

Pat Boone ... Himself

Jim J. Bullock ... Himself

Greg Gorman ... Himself
Roz Music ... Herself
Steven Chao ... Himself
Jeff Walker ... Himself (as Pastor Jeff Walker)
David Warren ... Himself - Evangelist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Roseanne Barr ... Herself (archive footage) (as Roseanne)

Phillip Bloch ... Himself
Richard Dortch ... Himself (archive footage)

Jerry Falwell ... Himself (archive footage)
Jessica Hahn ... Herself (archive footage)

Oral Roberts ... Himself (archive footage)
Pat Robertson ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Fenton Bailey 
Randy Barbato 
 
Produced by
Fenton Bailey .... producer
Randy Barbato .... producer
John Hoffman .... producer: Cinemax
Harry Knapp .... executive producer
Sheila Nevins .... executive producer
Gabriel Rotello .... associate producer
Thairin Smothers .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
James Harry 
 
Cinematography by
Sandra Chandler 
 
Film Editing by
Paul Wiesepape 
 
Production Management
Harry Knapp .... executive in charge of production
Eduardo Magaña .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Robert Corbett .... post audio mixer
Albee Gordon .... sound
Stacy Hruby .... sound
Virgil Kanne .... sound
Terry Losardo .... sound
J.L. Myers .... sound
Grady Price Jr. .... sound
Peter Thomas .... sound
Janet Urban .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Celi .... additional camera
Scott Franse .... additional camera
Richard Oliphant .... assistant camera
Don Windsor .... additional camera
 
Editorial Department
Mike Rysavy .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
James Harry .... music producer
 
Other crew
Samantha Bickley .... researcher
Damien Breen .... production assistant
Donald Brunell .... production team
Ace Eastman .... production team
Nicole Flowers .... production accountant
Tiffany Flynn .... puppeteer
Russell Frazier .... titles
Tyler M. Hall .... production assistant
Johnny Kim .... consultant: beauty product (as Derek Kim)
Mike Kuldanes .... production team
Rob Lundy .... production team
David Magdael .... publicist
Madeline S. McEneney .... production associate
Roger Nead .... tape librarian
Edward Rohwedder .... researcher
Kenny Tallier .... puppeteer
Max Thompson .... production team
Sean Williams .... chyron operator
 
Thanks
Dan Weaver .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some sexual content
Runtime:
79 min
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Jim Bakker:I wanna send you this beautiful rice patty baby!See more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Sympathetic Portrayal Of Tammy Faye Is Worth Watching, 13 October 2007
Author: sddavis63 (revsdd@gmail.com) from Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

I had no idea what to expect from this documentary about the life of the recently deceased Tammy Faye Bakker/Messner. Back in the '80's my wife was a fan of the Bakker's; I never was. I never cared for their glitzy, showy style of ministry and I never cared for the constant appeals for money, money and more money or the theology that seemed to say that if you didn't have a lot there was something wrong with you. Having said that, I can't deny that their ministry had a positive effect on many people even though I was largely revolted by it. So, I watched this out of curiosity. Tammy Faye is, after all, a fascinating person; one who has stepped out of what would normally be thought of as the traditional "fundamentalist" circles to embrace a variety of people as personal friends, from homosexuals to porn stars while still identifying herself very much as an evangelical Christian. For that, she deserves applause.

Narrated by drag queen RuPaul Charles (which says something about the esteem in which Tammy Faye is held in circles not normally friendly with evangelical Christianity), the documentary is very friendly to Tammy Faye, and it certainly exposes the sordid side of the ultra-wealthy and ultra-powerful Christian broadcasting community. (I don't like to speak ill of the dead, but Jerry Falwell - who I also never liked a bit - comes across here as a mean-spirited, power-hungry hypocrite, and that's being kind as well as probably true!) The first half of the documentary deals with the rise of Jim & Tammy's PTL Ministry and the problems that caused for them even while it was becoming a huge success. Speaking as a pastor, I must confess to a certain amount of sympathy for the televangelists. No one goes into ministry expecting to become rich and powerful, and when that happens to a very few, those very few probably get more easily overwhelmed by it and caught up in it than those who've planned for wealth and power all their lives, simply because it's so unexpected and they're so unprepared for it. The documentary certainly shows that trap overcoming Jim Bakker (and, to a lesser degree - perhaps because it's filmed from her perspective - Tammy Faye.) I found the PTL story both fascinating and tragic. The second half of the movie documents Tammy Faye's life post-PTL. It's an impressive story of a woman learning to stand on her own and overcoming some pretty big odds to do it. The story only goes as far as her second husband Roe Messner's release from prison after serving two years for bankruptcy fraud, so there's nothing about her spin on "The Surreal Life" or her final days before her cancer finally took her life.

Tammy Faye was a fascinating person. Even those who weren't fans of hers can enjoy and appreciate this film. I know that because I wasn't a fan and I did enjoy this. The only truly irritating part was the puppets who introduced each segment! Losing a mark also for being obviously biased, I still give this an 8/10.

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