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Guyana Tragedy: The Jim Jones Story

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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   Bob Hug

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Posted August 02 2007 - 12:13 AM

The 1980 telefilm with Powers Boothe as Jim Jones is being released by VCI Entertainment on August 28th. I haven't seen this TV movie since it was first broadcast and remember it to be fairly gripping. Details here:


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Posted August 02 2007 - 01:49 AM

I thought this was a terrific mini-series. Hopefully it will be complete.
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#3 of 10 OFFLINE   Bob Hug

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Posted August 02 2007 - 01:59 AM

VCI claims a running time of 189 minutes, but IMDB.com says it ran 192 minutes so, possibly, there might be something missing. But look at the cast: Powers Boothe Ned Beatty James Earl Jones Irene Cara Veronica Cartwright Rosalind Cash Brad Dourif Meg Foster Diane Ladd Randy Quaid Levar Burton Colleen Dewhurst

#4 of 10 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted August 02 2007 - 02:21 AM

I was certainly riveted to my TV for the two nights that it ran on CBS. It was very daring for the time. Not sure it will seem quite as bold now as it did then, but it was an exceptional production. Powers Boothe richly deserved the Emmy he won for his performance.

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Posted August 02 2007 - 05:05 AM

Possibly only the recaps and previews.

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Posted August 02 2007 - 05:19 PM

I remember when the actual events happened when I was 7. And I remember seeing this when I was in my teens. Great movie, and yeah, Powers Booth was awesome in this movie. Now if only we can get Murder In The Heartland.

#7 of 10 OFFLINE   Charles Ellis

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Posted August 03 2007 - 01:52 AM

The thing I remember best is that when Emmy time came, there was an actor's strike and Powers Boothe was practically the only actor to accept his Emmy in person that year. He quipped at how after his Emmy appearance he may not have much of a career left. Well, fortunately the industry knew a good joke as Mr. Boothe is still getting juicy roles, as his recent stint on 24 proves.
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Posted August 03 2007 - 07:38 AM

I loved him on 24 but he was incredible on Deadwood. I think he even managed to top his execllent Jim Jones performance.

#9 of 10 OFFLINE   Bob Hug

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Posted February 12 2008 - 12:35 AM

I wonder if the rights have somehow lapsed on "Guyana Tragedy: The Jim Jones Story" as Alpha Video is showing a February 26th release date for this telefilm. There didn't appear to be any restoration work done on VCI's release and I certainly wouldn't expect it from Alpha.

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#10 of 10 OFFLINE   Mark Talmadge

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Posted February 12 2008 - 08:43 AM

I remember buying the VHS version of this event and the whole mess behind Jim Jones always caught my interest. This happened back during my early years of community college and caught my interest of these religious cults. Powers Booth and James Earl Jones had captivating performances in this event and it's probably one I'll purchase on DVD.

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