Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980)

Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980)

Director William A. Graham

Writer Ernest Tidyman (teleplay), Charles A. Krause (book)

Genre Biography, Drama

Year 1980

Actors Powers Boothe, Ned Beatty, Irene Cara, Veronica Cartwright

IMDB : 7.6 (1,000 votes)


Description Based upon the true story of Reverend Jim Jones, a self-proclaimed prophet who founded the Peoples Temple. In the 1960s, he began as an idealist helping minorities and working against racism. After a move to San Francisco and increased power and attention, Jim Jones became focused on his belief in nuclear holocaust. He had a loyal following of over 1000 people, who had donated their entire life savings to him and to join his commune, before moving them to Guyana. When possible illegal activities came to the attention of the authorities, and once notified that some individuals are being held against their will, they began to investigate. Rather that face the charges against him, Jim Jones committed suicide, and convinced virtually most of his followers to do the same.


  • brian sedlock 2017-03-15 19:21:11
    Apparently, Jim Jones' father was irrelgious just like Hitler's father, Alois who treated young Adolf like dirt. I don't know whether Alois Hitler was racist or anti-Semitic. But coming from 19th Century Austria he probably was.
  • brian sedlock 2017-03-15 18:34:06
    Why were there many white people in his Peoples Temple? I thought Jim Jones' People Temple was directed strictly towards blacks joining. With those wax figures showing blacks being hanged by the Ku Klux Klan or living in abject poverty,( part of Jones' scare tactics) at the end of the end part one of this movie? Why didn't he show wax figures of white Jews being tortured by white Nazis or white people living in abject poverty? Whites have suffered little if any persecution by KKK, at least not as much blacks. I can't believe that parents would take small children to see such horrifying images.
  • Hugo Mungus 2017-03-15 00:28:44
    Just like Hillary supporters.
  • Thomas Luedeke 2017-03-09 02:32:12
    Father Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) at 47:42! "I couldn't help but laugh when he said "No my son, it was because we were becoming too strong [ ..... IN THE DARK SIDE]!"
  • MrBenjy1991 2017-03-08 07:06:42
    the people's temple started out as a good idea but things just went south really fast
  • Sambuca Stone 2017-03-07 04:20:46
    Wow, the actual FBI death tapes are so scary. I remember it a little bit. I was like 9 years old. My real name is Gianna, and all the bullies in school used to call me "Gianna Tragedy"... What a cult of personality. Jim Jones had a meth problem.
  • Alpha Q Up 2017-03-06 14:58:33
    Am I brain washed? Every time that I see Lavar Burton I hear the Reading Rainbow theme song. "But you don't have to take my word for it".
  • Mary Sutton 2017-03-03 14:57:34
    How ignorant can the people be?
  • Mary Sutton 2017-03-03 12:27:21
    The blind leading the blind!
  • Mary Sutton 2017-03-03 04:31:58
    sunglasses in church jim jones.
  • Melanie Deal 2017-02-27 05:27:44
    The first time I watched this movie I was 8 and at the end it scared the sh*t out of me I was afraid to go to sleep I was afraid Jim Jones was gonna grab me and drag me to Hell.
  • Sarsar Mitchell 2017-02-26 12:38:15
    Religon will be and always has been a terrible thing! Painful,hurtful,fake and just so wrong!
  • Francis Goldstien 2017-02-26 06:41:42
    FAKE nobody really died staged DEATH photos crisis actors psy op Jim Jones did not die he faked his death and become momar qedaffi. the momar qedaffi DEATH video is FAKE too. did not die cia production TRAUMA based Mind Kontrol MK ULTRA
  • Kalila Hunter 2017-02-23 14:22:50
    James Earl Jones, aka Mufasa, aka Darth Vader.
  • Kalila Hunter 2017-02-23 13:31:35
    I know y'all see Kunta from Roots!
  • Rayn L 2017-02-23 11:53:59
    If only TV films were still this good.
  • Brian Baker 2017-02-22 02:35:45
    You tell "Cousin Eddy " to stop worrying about those monkeys and get to church .
  • Jennyfer Ons 2017-02-21 22:44:09
    With all the information, that's out now a days...I think it's time to redue this movie... After researching before wathing this movie, i see a lot is inaccurate scènes....
  • Brian Kistner 2017-02-18 10:05:56
    I know this was one of the first movies/docs made about what happened. But in years since, other movies and docs have been made that makes this movie grossly inaccurate to what TRULY happened.
  • kevgor138 2017-02-12 01:59:40
    The first thing Jim Jones says "White alert, the mercenaries have been spotted in the jungle, they've come to kill us" etc etc. Is the intro to "Once Upon The Cross" by the band Deicide.

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