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Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980)

The real-life story of the Peoples Temple cult led by Reverend Jim Jones and the events involving its move to Guyana and its eventual mass suicide.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rev. Jim Jones
... Rep. Leo Ryan
... Alice Jefferson
... Marceline 'Marcy' Jones
... Jenny Hammond
... David Langtree
... Jean Richie
... Larry King
... Otis Jefferson
... Karen Bundy
... Lynette Jones
... Col. Robles
... Clayton Ritchie
... Sheila Langtree
... Mrs. Jefferson
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Based upon the real life story of Reverend Jim Jones, a self-proclaimed prophet who founded the Peoples Temple. In the 1960s, he began as an idealist helping minorities and working against racism. After a move to San Francisco and increased power and attention, Jim Jones became focused on his belief in nuclear holocaust. He had a loyal following of over 1000 people, who had donated their entire life savings to him and to join his commune, before moving them to Guyana. When possible illegal activities came to the attention of the authorities, and once notified that some individuals are being held against their will, they began to investigate. Rather than face the charges against him, Jim Jones committed suicide, and convinced virtually most of his followers to do the same. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Madge Sinclair plays LeVar Burton's mother. She played the older Kunta Kinte's wife in Roots (1977), and Burton's character's mother on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). See more »

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The guards' AK assault rifles have blank firing adapters attached to the muzzles. See more »

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Rev. Jim Jones: We are not commiting suicide, it's a revolutionary act.
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"The film you are about to see is a dramatization of the life of Jim Jones. Born - May 13, 1931 Lynn, Indiana - Died - November 18, 1978, Jonestown, Guyana. This is his story." See more »


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This is very good flick...
23 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

Powers Boothe turns in a stellar performance as 1970's cult figure Jim Jones of the Peoples Temple. Jones physical likeness to Jones is uncanny and the story is acted out chillingly. The movie keeps you riveted and is a must see for anyone. check it out.


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