The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000)
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Critic Reviews for The Eyes of Tammy Faye
This scared me then, and scares me now. Shudder.
A decent doc.
. . . it becomes uncomfortably obvious that everything else we thought we knew about this born-again kewpie doll is probably wrong.
Equally revelatory and entertaining... a fascinating, cathartic, from-the-ground-up reconstruction of an American pariah.
Audience Reviews for The Eyes of Tammy Faye
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.
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.
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.
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|Narrator:||JIm would never allow this...|
|Narrator:||JIm would never allow this.|
|Narrator:||God Loves You...He Really really does...|
|Narrator:||God Loves You. He Really really does.|
|Narrator:||God Loves You. He really, really does.|