Twelve years after the dramatic collapse of the Christian empire of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, this documentary tells for the first time what really happened when they lost control of the first and most successful TV ministry of its kind.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
RuPaul ... Self - Narrator (voice) (as RuPaul Charles)
Tammy Faye Bakker ... Self
Virginia Fairchild Virginia Fairchild ... Self - Tammy's Aunt
Johnny Grover Johnny Grover ... Self - Tammy's Brother
Oral Roberts ... Self (archive footage)
Jim Bakker ... Self
Lori Bakker Lori Bakker ... Self (as Lori Graham Bakker)
Tammy Sue Bakker-Chapman Tammy Sue Bakker-Chapman ... Self
Mel White Mel White ... Self - Executive Director, Soul Force Ministry (as Rev. Mel White)
Jay Bakker Jay Bakker ... Self (as Jamie Bakker)
Roe Messner Roe Messner ... Self
Charles E. Shepard Charles E. Shepard ... Self - Author / Journalist
James Albert James Albert ... Self
Jessica Hahn Jessica Hahn ... Self (archive footage)
Marvin Brooks Marvin Brooks ... Self - Tammy's Doctor (as Dr. Marvin Brooks)


Twelve years after the dramatic collapse of the Christian empire of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, this documentary tells, for the first time, what really happened. Tammy Faye Bakker explains what really happened to her and her husband when they lost control of the first and most successful television ministry of its kind. PTL was the first network to launch its own satellite - "broadcasting 24 hours a day until the Second Coming", and the first - and only - to build a theme park, a huge Disney style Christian retreat that Jim built from donations from his loyal viewers. But their fall was as spectacular as their rise. It was the biggest scandal of its day, and one of the big crashes of the late 1980s. The Bakkers found themselves crucified in the court of public opinion for their greed and supposed corruption. Tammy Faye ended up at the Betty Ford Clinic, and Jim was imprisoned. The Eyes of Tammy Faye explores the dark workings of the televangelist industry and shows how Jim and Tammy ...

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She'll make a believer out of you

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"Puppets started it all."
30 August 2000 | by TuckMNSee all my reviews

This film opens with RuPaul Charles asking, `Whatever happened to Tammy Faye?'

Over the next hour and nineteen minutes you find out her past and present but the future is left a blank.

Almost the first words out of her mouth is her reciting some bad poetry – her own.

You also learn she buys her makeup at swap meets!

As she says, `Puppets started it all.' And the theme is carried out through the entire film with puppets introducing each segment.

She married Jim Bakker, appropriately enough, on April Fool's Day. This becomes eerily omniscient as this incredible documentary unfolds.

You will learn a lot about the life and times of Tammy Faye's existence in the `Electric Church' a term she uses herself to describe the televised evangelical preaching of her and her husband and how they were squeezed out of every project they started together; that April Fool's curse again.

I believe this film really tries to give a balanced perspective on her trials and tribulations – but you walk out of the theater with a certain amount of sympathy for all she has gone through and her ability to survive if not exactly flourish.

Her very ‘un-Christian' views about gay people show an amazing amount of personal integrity and strength. While it may seem that she is shallow and lives on the surface it becomes obvious that she has an inner core of faith and belief in what is right that runs deep through the center of her being.

It is obvious towards the end of the film she must have a great deal of personal magnetism that, in spite of her ever-tearful visage, must carry most strongly when you meet her in person.

The interviews with her multi-pierced son and the daughter who ran away from home when the scandals erupted are particularly poignant.

This documentary has Oscar nomination written all over it and it is well worth both your time and money to see it.

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1 October 2000 (USA) See more »

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