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The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
RuPaul ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Tammy Faye Bakker ... Herself
Virginia Fairchild Virginia Fairchild ... Herself - aunt
Johnny Grover Johnny Grover ... Himself - brother
Jim Bakker Jim Bakker ... Himself
Lori Graham Bakker Lori Graham Bakker ... Herself
Mel White Mel White ... Himself
Tammy Sue Bakker-Chapman Tammy Sue Bakker-Chapman ... Herself
Jamie Bakker Jamie Bakker ... Himself
Roe Messner Roe Messner ... Himself
Charles E. Shepard Charles E. Shepard ... Himself
Marvin Brooks Marvin Brooks ... Himself - doctor (as Dr. Marvin Brooks)
James Albert James Albert ... Himself
Pat Boone ... Himself
Jim J. Bullock ... 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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Official Sites:

Lions Gate

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Глаза Тэмми Фэй See more »

Filming Locations:

Branson, Missouri, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,070, 23 July 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,025,234, 1 October 2000
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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Jim Bakker: With your donation of $500, I will send you this beautiful rice patty baby!
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Features The Roseanne Show (1997) See more »

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Best of The Year
23 December 2000 | by 49235781See all my reviews

In a year where its easier to form a ten worst list than a ten best list, "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale landscape of formulaic, uninteresting, and generally BAD productions made by the Hollywood machine.

But, "Eyes" is more than simply the recent Biography of Tammy Faye on the big screen. No no no! "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" tells a solid story about a family's reversal of fortune, and one woman's really hard struggle through a life which is far from being complete. And the best (or worst, depending on who you are) part is, its a true story. There aren't any plots to "buy in to" or any storylines that make you go "huh?".

For the most part, the story is very first-person, although Drag Queen Ru Paul Charles helps us along in times when the story needs that next advance.

Its a documentary which reads more like a movie... and, as one IMDB reviewer has already said, you laugh, you cry, you NEED the waterproof mascara.

The filmmakers, whilst it appears at time are getting their kicks out of putting Tammy Faye on the big screen, are (for the most part) sincere in their telling of the tale. They treat Tammy Faye with dignity, but also acknowledge a certain "kitsch" there is to the whole PTL saga.

Whether you love her, hate her, or are totally uninterested in her, "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" will bring you closer to Tammy Faye, and provide golden nuggets of insight in to who she really is as a person. In the end, you leave feeling ashamed... she's no different than anyone else, trying to carve out their mark in the world. And if you feel that, if you can immerse yourself in split-seconds of guilt throughout the film, the filmmakers have accomplished their goal. She is no longer an enigma... she is human. She is, Tammy Faye.

10/10


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