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Jonestown: Paradise Lost (2007)

Cult leader Jim Jones leads his followers to a mass-suicide.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Biggs ...
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Stephan Jones ...
Himself - Jim Jones' Son
Vernon Gosney ...
Himself - Peoples Temple Member, 1974-1978
Tim Reiterman ...
Himself - Journalist, San Francisco Examiner
Sherwin Harris ...
Himself - Daughter in Jonestown
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Stephan Jones
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Alon Nashman ...
Greg Ellwand ...
Kevin Otto ...
Tim Reiterman
Roxanne Blaise ...
Monica Bagby (as Roxanne McKaizer)
Cindi Sampson ...
Christine Miller
Victoria Bartlett ...
Marceline Jones (as Victoria Bartle)
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Liane Harris
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(at around 1h 35 mins) Among many apparent corpses, a supposedly dead boy wearing a yellow shirt opens his eye and looks at the camera. See more »

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I thought it was really a documentary
5 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I do remember the re-enactment of the events that led up to the Jonestown Massacre but I also remembered thinking that the re-enactments were additional with the documentary interviews with the real characters like survivor and defector, Vernon Gosney, concerned relative Sherwin Harris, and the real Stephan Gandhi Jones, Jim and Marceline's only son who survived by playing on the basketball team of Jonestown. While I appreciated the mixture of both documentary and docudrama, they could have used the Powers Boothe performance in the mini-series because Powers gives an amazing performance on screen that is simply unforgettable which is why it's hard to imagine somebody lesser known incapable of delivering the material. The real names of the characters also helped in the case. I am not going to compare movies but I thought this was the history channel's version of Jonestown.


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