Guyana Tragedy-Jim Jones Story

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Originlly shown as a two-part TV movie, this is a gripping recreation of the horrible tragedy of the November 1978 mass suicide of 913 people at the South American religious "colony" of Jonestown. Powers Boothe's portrayal of the cult-leader Reverend Jim Jones earned him an Emmy and the film traces the life of Jones from his early activist period to his rise as a modern day messiah. The climatic suicide scenes are convincingly recreated in a near-documentary style, and the whole production benefits from a huge supporting cast of excellent players.


Studio VCI Video
SKU 204948714
UPC 089859850523
UPC 14 00089859850523
Format DVD
Release Date 8/28/2007
Rating NR
True Story
Editors Note
Note The Jonestown tragedy gets the docudrama treatment here with an interesting cast. Powers Boothe's performance as the deranged, adulterous self proclaimed prophet who induces almost 1,000 of his followers to commit suicide with him won him an Emmy.
William A. Graham
Veronica Cartwright
James Earl Jones
Powers Boothe
Ned Beatty
Cast & Crew
Aaron Stell - Editor
Brad Dourif - Actor
Charles A. Krause - Based On Book By
Diane Ladd - Actor
Elmer Bernstein - Original Music By
Ernest Tidyman - Screenplay
Frank Konigsberg - Executive Producer
Gil Hubbs - Cinematographer
James Earl Jones - Actor
LeVar Burton - Actor
Ned Beatty - Actor
Powers Boothe - Actor
Randy Quaid - Actor
Rosalind Cash - Actor
Sam Manners - Producer
Tony de Zarraga - Editor
William A. Graham - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1980
Catalog ID 8505
UPC 00089859850523
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 189 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Winner (1980) Emmy, Powers Boothe, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special
Nominee (1980) Emmy, David E. Campbell, et. al., Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Mixing,Emmy, William A. Graham, Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series or a Special,Emmy, Frank Konigsberg, et. al., Outstanding Drama or Comedy Special
Review Whenever a sensational tragedy occurs, it is certain that there will be a made-for-television movie about it shortly thereafter. These films are often rushed, so that each network can show its version first...Fortunately, Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones took its time. The cult 'suicide' took place on November 18, 1978. The two part movie aired on April 15 and 16, 1980, nearly a year and a half later. This compares favorably with television docudramas on David Koresh, which began production while the siege of the Branch Davidians was still taking place...The production values were high for Guyana Tragedy. The score was by Elmer Bernstein. The script was written by Ernest Tidyman, an Academy Award winner via The French Connection (1971). The supporting cast was loaded with familiar names and faces: Ned Beatty, James Earl Jones, Brad Dourif (Billy from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), LeVar Burton, Diana Scarwid, Brenda Vaccaro. Randy Quaid has a rare dramatic role...Some dramatic liberties have been taken with Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones...But on the whole, this is one made-for-television film that is worth the effort to see.
Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Product Attributes
Actor Dewhurst,Colleen
Label United Home
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
HorrorWatch The cast of this film was tremendous...[in] a dark, and at times way too real look at the powers a man can have over people...
Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Movie Guide is Powers Boothe who shines most brightly in the lead role. He won a well-deserved a powerful performance...

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