Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones

Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones

Director: William A. Graham

Cast: Powers Boothe, Veronica Cartwright, Rosalind Cash

     
 

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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… See more details below

Overview

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2008
UPC:
0089218554697
Original Release:
1980
Source:
Alpha Video
Region Code:
0
Time:
3:04:00
Sales rank:
38,746

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Powers Boothe Jim Jones
Veronica Cartwright Actor
Rosalind Cash Actor
Brad Dourif Actor
Randy Quaid Clayton Richie
James Earl Jones Father Divine
Ned Beatty Congressman Ryan
LeVar Burton Richard
Irene Cara Actor
Brenda Vaccaro Actor
Michael Gwynne Actor
Dimitra Arliss Actor
Colleen Dewhurst Actor
Diane Ladd Actor
Ron O'Neal Actor
Diana Scarwid Actor
Madge Sinclair Actor
Howard Culver Actor
Meg Foster Jean Richie
Cheryl Ladd Actor
Sam Manners Actor

Technical Credits
William A. Graham Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Gil Hubbs Cinematographer
Ernest Tidyman Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Guyana Tragedy: Jim Jones Story
2. Chapter 1 [28:55]
3. Chapter 2 [30:25]
4. Chapter 3 [28:14]
5. Chapter 4 [32:11]
6. Chapter 5 [30:42]
7. Chapter 6 [33:03]

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