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Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple ()


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Featuring never-before-seen footage, this documentary delivers a startling new look at the Peoples Temple, headed by preacher Jim Jones who, in 1978, led more than 900 members to Guyana, where he orchestrated a mass suicide via tainted... See more »

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Rebecca Moore ...
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Janet Shular ...
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Stanley Clayton ...
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Hue Fortson Jr. ...
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Garrett Lambrev ...
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Claire Janaro ...
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Phyllis Wilmore Zimmerman ...
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Chuck Wilmore ...
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John R. Hall ...
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June Cordell ...
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Eugene Cordell ...
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Garnett Day ...
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Fielding McGehee ...
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Joyce Shaw-Houston ...
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Bryan Kravitz ...
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Juanell Smart ...
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Mike Touchette ...
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Kristine Kravitz ...
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Vernon Gosney ...
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Jordan Vilchez ...
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Eugene Smith ...
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Stanley Nelson

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Marcia Smith ... (story)
 
Marcia Smith ... (teleplay)
 
Noland Walker ... (teleplay)

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Jannat Gargi ... Producer: Imaging
Kristin Lesko ... associate producer
Stanley Nelson ... producer
Mark Samels ... executive producer
Christine Turner ... assistant producer
Noland Walker ... co-producer

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Tom Phillips

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Michael Chin

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Lewis Erskine
Aljernon Tunsil

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Shamiel Soni ... additional second assistant director

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Sara Chin ... sound
Bruno Langiano ... foley artist
Paul James Zahnley ... re-recording mixer

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Dan Hirst ... stunt coordinator / stunt performer (as Daniel Hirst)

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Mike Harlow ... additional camera operator
Robert Shepard ... additional camera operator

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Sherry Alwell ... transcriptor
Julia Conley ... intern
Kenn Rabin ... archival research consultant

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Also Known As
  • Jonestown - Todeswahn einer Sekte (Germany)
  • I zoi kai o thanatos tou naou tou laou (Greece)
  • Jonestown - Vida e Morte no Templo do Povo (Brazil)
  • Jonestown - från början till slutet (Sweden)
  • Dödens tempel (Finland, Swedish title)
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  • 86 min
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Opening Weekend United States $7,482, 20 Oct 2006

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Trivia Based on the same real life events as Jonestown Cult Suicide (2012), Jonestown Massacre: As We Watched (2018), Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle (2018), Jonestown (2013), Jonestown: Paradise Lost (2007), Jonestown: The Women Behind the Massacre (2018), Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980), The Jonestown Haunting (2020), Jonestown: The Life and Death of the Peoples Temple (2007), The Jonestown Massacre (2016) and Truth and Lies: Jonestown, Paradise Lost (2018). See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Jonestown: The Life and Death of the Peoples Temple (2007). See more »
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Quotes Christine Miller: [abridged dialogue from the infamous "Death Tape", which was recorded on the day of the massacre] I feel like, as long as there is life, there's hope. That's my faith.
Jim Jones: Well, someday we're gonna die... because everybody dies. I haven't seen anybody yet that didn't die. And I'd like to choose my own kind of death for a change. I'm tired of being tormented to hell, that's what I'm tired of. Tired of people's lives in my hands and I certainly don't want your life in my hands and I'm going to tell you, Christine, without me, life has no meaning... I'm the best friend you'll ever have. And, once I have to pay, I'm standing with Jjara; I'm standing with those people. They're part of me. I'd never detach myself from any of your troubles. I've always taken your troubles right on my shoulders and I'm not gonna change that now. It's too late. I've been running too long. Not gonna change now. Maybe the next time you'll get to go to Russia... the next time 'round. This is what I'm talking about... the dispensation of judgment. This is revolutionary suicide. I'm not talking about self-destruction. We have no other road. I will take your call. We will put it to the Russians, and I can tell you the answer now, because I'm a prophet. Call the Russians and tell them and see if they'll take us.
Christine Miller: Not that I'm afraid to die...
Jim Jones: I don't think you are.
Christine Miller: By no means.
Jim Jones: I don't think you are.
Christine Miller: But I look at all the babies and I think they deserve to live.
Jim Jones: I agree.
Christine Miller: You know?
Jim Jones: But they also deserve peace.
Christine Miller: We all came here for peace.
Jim Jones: And have we had it?
Christine Miller: No.
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