Guyana Tragedy: The Jim Jones Story [DVD] [1980]

  • SKU: 15767564
  • Release Date: 08/28/2007
  • Rating: NR
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Synopsis


Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones
This two-part TV movie was, of course, sparked by the November 1978 mass suicide of 913 people at the South American religious "colony" of Jonestown. The catalyst for this tragedy was cult-leader Reverend Jim Jones (played by Powers Boothe, who won an Emmy for his performance), head of the so-called People's Temple. The film traces the life of Jones from his days as an idealistic 1960s activist. He drifts into penny-ante confidence scams and bed-hops from woman to woman, before electing to pass himself off as a modern messiah--eventually believing his own feverish sermons. The climactic scenes are chillingly staged in a near-documentary fashion, with Puerto Rico and Georgia substituting for Guyana. Ned Beatty plays the ill-fated Representative Leo Ryan, while James Earl Jones has a cameo as 1930s religious-leader Father Divine; most of the other main characters are composites of real people. Originally broadcast April 15 and 16, 1980, The Guyana Tragedy was adapted by Ernest Tidyman from the Washington Post and Charles A. Krause's Guyana Massacre: An Eyewitness Account. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Powers Boothe
    Powers Boothe - Jim Jones
  • Veronica Cartwright
    Veronica Cartwright
  • Rosalind Cash
    Rosalind Cash
  • Brad Dourif
    Brad Dourif
  • Randy Quaid
    Randy Quaid - Clayton Richie



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

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    Filmguru
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    This television film was fantastic! Disturbing! Because it was real, because it actually happened!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movies

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    nicole
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    It's Great Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend


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