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Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)

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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.

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Stanley Nelson

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Marcia Smith (story), Marcia Smith (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Rebecca Moore Rebecca Moore ... Self
Janet Shular Janet Shular ... Self
Tim Carter Tim Carter ... Self
Stanley Clayton Stanley Clayton ... Self
Hue Fortson Jr. Hue Fortson Jr. ... Self
Garrett Lambrev Garrett Lambrev ... Self
Claire Janaro Claire Janaro ... Self
Neva Sly Hargrave Neva Sly Hargrave ... Self
Deborah Layton Deborah Layton ... Self
Phyllis Wilmore Zimmerman Phyllis Wilmore Zimmerman ... Self
Chuck Wilmore Chuck Wilmore ... Self
John R. Hall John R. Hall ... Self
Tim Reiterman Tim Reiterman ... Self
June Cordell June Cordell ... Self
Eugene Cordell Eugene Cordell ... Self
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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.

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Christine Miller: [abridged dialogue from the infamous "Death Tape", which was recorded on the day of the massacre] I feel like, as long as there is life, there's hope. That's my faith.
Jim Jones: Well, someday we're gonna die... because everybody dies. I haven't seen anybody yet that didn't die. And I'd like to choose my own kind of death for a change. I'm tired of being tormented to hell, that's what I'm tired of. Tired of people's lives in my hands and I certainly don't want your life in my hands and I'm going to tell ...
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An American Tragedy
12 November 2006 | by Jambie67See all my reviews

This story is so much more complex than news reports of the Guyana tragedy would have us believe. The members of The People's Temple had such altruistic intentions: they had a vision of a Utopian society where racial harmony and true brotherhood was the order of the day. They wanted to guarantee care for the poor, the elderly, children....and they wanted to create real community. This doco manages to tell the whole story, while honoring the pure intentions of the Temple members, and even shedding light on the paradoxical cult leader, Jim Jones - a man who was impressively liberal and progressive, politically, but frighteningly meglomaniacal and abusive, when it came to leading his "flock." The strength of this film lies in the fact that it isn't just a play-by-play from afar, but a collection of first-hand interviews with people who were actually there, and who knew the key players. A must-see for anyone who was alive and aware went these events took place.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,482, 22 October 2006

Gross USA:

$148,292

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$148,292
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Firelight Media Inc. See more »
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