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1 hr. 25 min.

Plot Summary
Filmmaker Stanley Nelson charts the rise and fall of Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones, whose followers drank poisoned punch at their South American commune in 1978. Using archival film footage and interviews with the few survivors, Nelson recounts the origins of the church's formation and its charismatic leader, and the events that led up to their doomsday in Guyana.

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Director: Stanley Nelson

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: American Experience

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)

Release Date: October 20th, 2006|1 hr. 25 min.

critic reviews (10)
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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    One of the year's most important documentaries, a real must-see. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Meticulously researched documentary. show more

  • 80
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Through interviews with Jonestown survivors and rare footage of Jones himself, this sober documentary presents an unforgettable historical portrait. show more

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