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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)
  • Jonestown - Vida e Morte no Templo do Povo (Brazil)
  • Dödens tempel (Finland, Swedish title)
  • Jonestown (Poland)
  • Kuoleman temppeli (Finland)
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  • 86 min
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Opening Weekend United States $7,482, 20 Oct 2006

Did You Know?

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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 Deborah Layton: [on Jim Jones's brainwashing of his followers at Jonestown] Every night at some point, his voice would come over the loudspeaker, and he'd say, "I'm sending somebody out tonight. Somebody you know. Somebody you trust. And they're gonna act like they wanna leave. But this is a loyalty test, and you need to turn them in."
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