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Jonestown: Paradise Lost (2007)

Cult leader Jim Jones leads his followers to a mass-suicide.

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Tim Wolochatiuk

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Jason Sherman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Biggs Ted Biggs ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Stephan Jones Stephan Jones ... Himself - Jim Jones' Son
Vernon Gosney Vernon Gosney ... Himself - Peoples Temple Member, 1974-1978
Tim Reiterman Tim Reiterman ... Himself - Journalist, San Francisco Examiner
Sherwin Harris Sherwin Harris ... Himself - Daughter in Jonestown
Rick Roberts ... Jim Jones
Quentin Krog ... Stephan Jones
Brendan Murray ... Vernon Gosney
Alon Nashman Alon Nashman ... Sherwin Harris
Greg Ellwand Greg Ellwand ... Congressman Leo Ryan
Kevin Otto Kevin Otto ... Tim Reiterman
Roxanne Blaise Roxanne Blaise ... Monica Bagby (as Roxanne McKaizer)
Cindi Sampson Cindi Sampson ... Christine Miller
Victoria Bartlett Victoria Bartlett ... Marceline Jones (as Victoria Bartle)
Nicole Crozier ... Liane Harris
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Cult leader Jim Jones leads his followers to a mass-suicide.

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Release Date:

15 January 2007 (USA) See more »

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Три дня в Джонстауне See more »

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(at around 1h 35 mins) Among many apparent corpses, a supposedly dead boy wearing a yellow shirt opens his eye and looks at the camera. See more »

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Featured in The True Story: Jonestown Cult Suicides (2007) See more »

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Chilling
6 January 2012 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

Chilling documentary about Jonestown and its aftermath. A small number of survivors, including Jones' son, are interviewed on screen, and segments based on their memories are reenacted using a large cast of amateur actors. The only problem with this is, the guy playing Jim Jones is not terribly convincing, and only serves to remind us of how effective Powers Boothe was as the notorious cult leader in a network miniseries some years before. Nevertheless, this is powerful stuff. One of the hardest things to watch is the actual mass murder itself. Someone -- the son, I think -- points out this was not a mass suicide but murder plain and simple. Things I hadn't known or forgotten: the children were killed first, members of the congregation who were unable or reluctant to drink the poison were injected with it, some members managed to escape into the woods, and Jones sent a death squad to kill the congressman, reporters and defectors at the air strip. They killed at least five and wounded several more. Decidedly not for the squeamish. And I'm not sure what purpose it serves. If its message is to tell us to beware of cults, you have to figure it's preaching to the choir. If it serves as a catharsis for the survivors, more power to it. It is not at all like one of those cheaply made STVs that focuses on a particular killer like Dahmer or Gacy; it's too well made for that.


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