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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 punch.
IMDb lists the duration of this movie as 1 hour 38 minutes. The version I saw on TV was only 59 minutes long.
The documentary deals with an interesting subject but is rather poorly structured. You don't really get a sense of why and how the cult got started, why Hamilton-Byrne background saw herself (or at least presented herself to others) as some Christ figure, and why people started leaving the cult in the first place. Too much is brushed aside and hurried along.
Maybe the original version (if the duration listed by IMBd is indeed correct) is better. But I wouldn't really recommend the 59 minute version I watched.
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