Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

Rated NR 85 minutes 2006

The ultimate death knell for '60s idealism sounded on November 18, 1978, at Jonestown, Guyana, where Reverend Jim Jones and more than 900 acolytes of his Peoples Temple destroyed their utopian aims in a paroxysm of paranoia, murder, and mass suicide. The conventional PBS formatting of Stanley Nelson's documentary only makes Jones's rise from Indiana pet monkey salesman to pansexual socialist megalomaniac more surreal‹and heartbreaking, given the noble early goals described by still-dazed survivors. In the end, there's just the grim evidence of the doc's horrifying last half-hour, the on-camera slaughter of a dream: history as Cannibal Holocaust.

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Director: Stanley Nelson

Writer: Marcia Smith

Producer: Kristin Lesko

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