Guyana-Crime of the Century, Cult of the Damned
This horrific dramatization of the Guyana tragedy traces the steps of Rev. Jim Johnson a highly charismatic, but profoundly paranoid man of the cloth, who ultimately ordered the mass execution of his followers.
Nearly 1,000 people – even tiny babies and children – lay dead and rotting in the morning sun in the South American country of Guyana, all victims of cult leader Jim Jones, who had ordered the mass execution of his followers in the 1978 incident called by many “The Crime of the Century”. An horrific dramatization of the Guyana tragedy where the names have been changed to protect the “innocent,” “Guyana: Crime of the Century,” traces the steps of Rev. Jim Johnson (Jim Jones – portrayed by Stuart Whitman), a highly charismatic, but profoundly paranoid man of the cloth, who, after years of evangelism and good deeds, starts his own church in the United States. When Johnson becomes increasingly obsessed with the belief that the CIA is “a wicked enemy” who is out to get him, he immigrates with his congregation to Guyana where he plans to create a utopia. But Johnson’s “utopia,” consists of a society where he demands his followers turn their minds, bodies and possessions over to him, and a lifestyle that is rife with orgies, physical violence, mental torture, and sexual abuse of children and adults. When Congressman Lee O’Brien (portrayed by Gene Barry) makes a special trip to Johnson township in Guyana to investigate allegations of Johnson’s bizarre activities, Johnson’s paranoia reaches a fever pitch that culminates in him taking savage action against the congressman and ultimately, against his own congregation. From the director of “Survive,” “Cyclone” and “Treasure of the Amazon”.
1979 | 115 min | Color | 1.78:1 | Dolby Digital | All Region | NR
Stuart Whitman, Gene Barry, John Ireland, Joseph Cotton, Jennifer Ashley, Yvonne De Carlo, Robert Doqui, Nadiuska, Hugo Stiglitz, Bradford DillmanDirected by
Reñe Cardona Jr.