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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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Touching, entertaining look at an easy target See more (32 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
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79 min
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Quotes:
Jim Bakker:I wanna send you this beautiful rice patty baby!See more »
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References "Studs" (1991)See more »

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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Touching, entertaining look at an easy target, 28 March 2001
Author: Rusty-61 from United States

We rented this mainly because we like documentaries and this was supposed to be a good one. I was very impressed, and also moved.

I remember not being able to stand the sight of this woman back in the 80's, and being extremely satisfied when the Bakker's empire crumbled very publicly. Maybe I just got sick of hearing about them, and the media did not exactly paint a flattering portrait. I started out this movie feeling pity for Tammy Faye, but began to admire her as it went on. I had no idea she was gay-friendly way before it was fashionable to do so(and even now, I don't think there are too many gay-friendly televangelists), and had no idea she had a TV talk show with an openly gay co-host. Not to make media headlines for being 'daring', either. With many other celebrities, you get the feeling they figured out, "Hmmm, gay men seem to really love me, I think I'll use this and cash in on it". With Tammy it's clear that she is not calculating at all but just a very friendly person with no prejudice.

The movie, narrated by RuPaul, chronicles her life, and gives her side of the story of the scandals. There are interviews with her current and ex-husband, and many of her friends, people she worked with, and biographers. The film includes great archival footage of her early television shows (if you think she has big hair *now*, just wait) to her later ones. The movie is divided up into chapters that are introduced with sock-puppets (this is not as ridiculous as it sounds, though the movie has plenty of humor).

In one scene Tammy confronts a reporter who wrote a very unflattering, and Tammy says untrue, book about the PTL Empire. This and several other scenes are hard to watch (though it's fun to see the reporter stammer when Tammy asks him point blank why he printed lies about her). In another scene I felt like watching through my hands over my eyes, during a point in her life when she was addicted to prescription drugs, we see Tammy sort of wandering off in the middle of a broadcast to remark on the backdrop, pretty whacked out. When I found out the circumstances that led to her doctor prescribing something to calm her down, I wasn't disgusted but more surprised that she wasn't taking every narcotic she could get her hands on at the time.

I remember thinking back in the 80's that anyone who walked around looking like Tammy and carrying herself confidently was out of their mind, or at best, delusional. At some point during the movie- probably a scene where she cheerfully pitches ideas for TV shows to someone probably 20 years younger than her at the USA Network (you get the feeling maybe he won't make fun of her as soon as she's out the door, but it's easy to imagine him having a good laugh with someone he knows later as he tells them about his encounter)- I realized she is just, well, being herself. She knows that her heavy eye makeup is "her trademark", and is proud of it. Let's face it, it takes real guts for this woman just to walk down the street when most people consider her a punchline, a cartoon, a freak, or all three. She is not a stupid woman and knows this, but holds her head up high anyway, and carries herself proudly. How many people would be brave enough to do that?

I never thought I'd say this, but after seeing this, I have a newfound respect for Tammy Faye. If the film-makers intentions were to have people view the subject of their documentary in a different light, then they did an excellent job, and I don't have any complaints about it at all. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about Tammy (even if only out of morbid curiousity, like I did at first) and loves a fascinating, touching documentary. Be sure to wear waterproof mascara when watching it, though.

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