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The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000)

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RuPaul narrates this affectionate look at everyone's favorite televangelist/living cosmetic display: Tammy Faye Bakker. The eldest of eight children in rural Minnesota, Tammy Faye married Jim Bakker in 1960, and soon they found a following on the gospel circuit. This eventually led to a gig on Christian media mogul Pat Robertson's first television shows, including the ever-popular 700 Club. Perhaps jealous of their rising profile, Robertson soon usurped the show for himself. The Bakkers went on to co-found the Trinity Broadcasting Network, until that too was wrestled away from them by investors. Riding a tide of religious fundamentalism, the Bakkers reached their gaudy heights with the PTL Network and the spinoff Christian theme park Heritage USA. Then the roof caved in. Jim was forced to pay hush money to future Playboy centerfold model Jessica Hahn and then was submitted to rival Jerry Falwell's hostile take-over of the network. Soon Jim was in jail for fraud, and Tammy was at Betty Ford for addiction to prescription drugs. This film was screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
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PG-13
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Documentary , Special Interest , Television
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LionsGate Entertainment

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (7)

This scared me then, and scares me now. Shudder.

March 11, 2005
Blunt Review

A decent doc.

February 5, 2004
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

. . . it becomes uncomfortably obvious that everything else we thought we knew about this born-again kewpie doll is probably wrong.

Full Review… | June 15, 2003
Killer Movie Reviews

Equally revelatory and entertaining... a fascinating, cathartic, from-the-ground-up reconstruction of an American pariah.

Full Review… | August 30, 2002
Entertainment Today

Forget daytime soaps, none could be better than this movie.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Internet Reviews

unpretentious documentary that gives us a much deeper understanding of a most intriguing icon

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for The Eyes of Tammy Faye

½

After watching this, it's really hard to laugh at Tammy Faye. She is a very tragic story and seemed like a genuinely good and nice person. I enjoy how the documentary points out Jerry Falwell's very "un-Christian-like" and hypocritical behavior.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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½

Very eye-opening, pardon the pun. Anyone who remembers the early days of Christian television remembers who Tammy Faye Bakker is. The clumpy mascara and fake lashes, being able to cry on cue, the perma-perppiness. This was one of those first instances of a pastor, or Christian leader (Jim Bakker) pretending to be holier-than-thou only to have his skeletons come pouring out of the closet. This documentary shows the rise and fall of the Bakker's from Tammy Faye's point of view and shows that unlike her compatriots, she wasn't anti-woman, nor was she a homophobe (she actually embraced and prayed for AIDS victims as well as drug addicts and the homeless). She and her husband started two of the most well-known Christian broadcasting networks/shows in the country: the 700 Club and TBN before being kicked out for their hard work. The two went on to start their own (the PTL club) which flourished well above others, but of course, it all came tumbling down with scandal: fraud and infidelity. And poor Tammy Faye is left to pick up the pieces after her husband is carted off the jail. This documentary also shows the rise of the Moral Majority, started by this doc's villain: Jerry Falwell. This film made me appreciate the eternal punchline that is Tammy Faye. While I still think she's funny (sometimes without trying to be), I think she's a sweet person who truly wants to help others, but I'm actually on the fence on whether or not she was part of the greed that brought down the Bakker empire. Definitely worth a look-see.

Remi Logan
Remi Logan

Super Reviewer

The rise and fall of the Bakker empire is tragic and says a lot about religious hypocrisy. That Falwell retained power for so long is a national embarrassment. Anyway, this film slips up once the 1990s start; we never really see the person behind Tammy Faye. It might have been the filmmakers intention, but either he failed or Tammy is a master of disguise.

Sean Chick
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