Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones

Then-relatively unknown Powers Boothe's dynamic performance as the charismatic self-styled preacher who led the settlers of Jonestown, Guyana, to mass suicide in 1978, won him the Emmy Award as Outstanding Actor. His ...more

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... Reverend Jim Jones

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... Congressman Leo J Ryan

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... Alice Jefferson

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... Marceline Jones

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... Jennie Hammond

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... David Langtree

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... Jean Ritchie

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... Larry King

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... Otis Jefferson

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... Karen Bundy

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... Lynetta Jones

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... Colonel Robles

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Then-relatively unknown Powers Boothe's dynamic performance as the charismatic self-styled preacher who led the settlers of Jonestown, Guyana, to mass suicide in 1978, won him the Emmy Award as Outstanding Actor. His appearance at the presentation ceremony as the only performer to show up (an actors' strike caused an almost total boycott of the Emmy presentations that year) brought him some headline-making publicity, although he admitted in his acceptance speech that he might be committing professional suicide by being there. The two-part, four-hour film, which also received nominations as Outstanding Drama Special, for director William A. Graham and the sound mixing crew, subsequently was cut to a single-part three-hour movie.

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