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Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980)



Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones

(1980)

192 minutes

aka "The Mad Messiah"

Biography / Epic / Historical Drama / Made-for-TV Movie

Directed by William A. Graham 

Cast:

Powers Boothe as Jim Jones
Ned Beatty as Congressman Leo J. Ryan
James Earl Jones as Father Divine
Randy Quaid as Clayton Richie based on Timothy Stoen
Meg Foster as Jean Richie
Linda Haynes as Karen Bundy
Brad Dourif as David Langtree
LeVar Burton as Richard Jefferson
Michael C. Gwynne as Larry King
Veronica Cartwright as Marceline Jones
Albert Hall as Otis Jefferson
Diane Ladd as Lynette Jones
Diana Scarwid as Sheila Langtree
Colleen Dewhurst as Mrs. Myrtle Kennedy
Irene Cara as Alice Jefferson
Rosalind Cash as Jenny Hammond
Ron O'Neal as Col. Robles
Brenda Vaccaro as Jane Briggs
Joel Godard as John Briggs
Clifton James Barber as Charlie Amos
Ed Lauter as Jim Jones Sr.
 
Cult leader Reverend Jim Jones' (Powers Boothe) life is chronicles from his days as an idealistic 1960's activist who runs scams and spends his nights as a womanizer, to a self-proclaimed modern day Messiah. Jim Jones styled himself after 1930's religious leader Father Divine, played in flashbacks by James Earl Jones. The 1978 mass suicide of 913 followers at the settlement of Jonestown, Guyana, in South America is staged in a chilling documentary style of events. Powers Boothe's dynamic performance as the charismatic self-styled preacher won him the Emmy Award as outstanding actor. 




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