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Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

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Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
Jim Jones: California Historical Society

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
85 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/20/06
director:
Stanley Nelson
distributor:
Seventh Art
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a C+

Reverend, seducer, icon of warped Elvis cool, Jim Jones led the creepiest bad trip of the ’70s — the mass suicide of 900 of his followers in Guyana. This slipshod doc offers fascinating footage of Jones’ silky malevolence (he has the eyes of a perverted hypnotist), and it captures one aspect of the story that has been crucially underplayed: The Peoples Temple congregation was sizably African-American. But when it comes to how those followers turned into a zombie Kool-Aid death cult, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple leaves you with more questions than you went in with.

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