The Eyes of Tammy Faye

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7.21 h 18 min2000PG-13
Witness the incredible real-life story of the spectacular rise, fall, and resurrection of the "Queen of the Eyelashes." Many times hilarious and often times tragic, it is an amazing tale of one of the most adored and reviled women of our time.
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Fenton BaileyRandy Barbato
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RuPaulTammy Faye BakkerVirginia Fairchild
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Lane StripeReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Horrors of the Pernicious "Prosperity Gospel"
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This movie purports to be Tammy Faye’s version of the PTL bankruptcy scandal, and what became of her in the aftermath. The story is too long and complicated to be covered in the 78 minutes given. There are several unanswered questions. (For example, Jim & Tammy Faye divorced while Jim was still incarcerated. Who filed suit and on what grounds? We are not told.)

Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker represented the worst aspects of Christian evangelism and the American Protestant church. Christianity plus capitalism equals corruption — no doubt about it. As best as I can tell, the Bakkers were not in the ministry; they were in show-business. Tammy Faye was entirely a figment of the broadcast media: preened, prissed, primped, and propped up in front of a television camera for the sole purpose of selling a product; i.e., Jesus and the Bakkers as his spokesmen. When not in front of a camera, Tammy Faye had no meaningful existence. At the personal level, she lacked moral substance. I don’t believe that she was either loony or stupid, but she was naïve and, I suspect, in many cases, willingly so. It’s amazing what people don’t know when they don’t want to know something but I suspect that Tammy Faye knew much more than she told in the video. Despite her lachrymose talk about reconnecting with her estranged daughter during the darkest days of her first cancer treatment, I got the impression that Tammy rarely, if ever, cared a whit for anyone but herself. Certainly, her life after the PTL collapse was nothing but paltry self-promotion.

It didn’t start that way. When they first embarked as newlyweds on their careers as itinerant preachers, they were sincere enough. However, somewhere along the line — and it was probably a gradual process — the Bakkers forgot that we cannot serve both God and Mammon, and which they were supposed to be serving. I don’t think of them as innately evil; mostly they were just self-deluded cartoon characters and the hapless victims of bad religion.

The criminal mastermind and supervillain in this story, the one man who behaved worse, was the southern Baptist, Jerry Falwell, who would have been right at home as the Machiavelli of organized crime.
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RCDReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent movie!
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Excellent movie!
C. A. CameronReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Surprised to find so much more heart in Miss Tammy Faye 20 years after initial viewing
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When I first watched this documentary in 2000, I seem to recollect that I was a bit snarky, a bit squirmy, a bit eye rolling ... okay, a lot judgmental. Raised a Catholic, I was vaguely aware of "The 700 Club", "PTL". hair-sprayed ministers, the unusual practice of congregations raising their hands during moments they found particularly inspiring and ... money. There seemed to be an incessant connection with the love of God for you out there in, sinner that you were, and how much money you could donate to religious structures of embarassing architectural awfulness. Additionally, no seemed to like homosexuals, working women and all horrified to the soles of their shoes at reproductive rights and choices.

And so, in 2000. Miss Tammy Faye's unique and particular make up, shoulder pads the width of football fields, caught up in a maelstorm of her husband's intimate preferences outside of marriage and ... money -- oh, my dear, how pitiful, how embarassing, what a spectacle, what a joke.

Twenty one years has changed my view of this insightful, respectful, life-affirming documenary, narrated with warmth by RuPaul. I now see a woman of vibrant faith -- her faith, the faith which worked for her and for which she in turn tirelessly worked -- and incredible courage. She put to shame the poseur suits who toppled the Bakker's enterprises, although I sense those enterprises did need a significant wake up call.

I chose to revisit this glimpse into the many journeys travails, choices and sacrifices of the woman I had unknowingly and unfairly maligned as I had to look through Tammy Faye's eyes and into my own. Damn, she had guts! Sing long, lady, in the choir celestial!
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Ann SherryReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining-Like She Was
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This is a well-done documentary of Tammy Faye Bakker from her roots in Minnesota until right after her second husband got out of prison. I have no opinion of her role in the PTL scandal, nor her second husband's 2-year prison term. The film talks about the PTL scandal. I think they didn't tell enough of it to have people understand how Jim Bakker oversold time shares In Heritage USA and other wrong doings. (His prison term was greatly reduced, and he re-married and went right back into hosting a "televangelist" tv show, where he is soliciting money by selling things we'll "need" at the end of the world, and he was once again building a Christian campground. Who in their right mind would fall for this again?) Maybe Tammy Faye knew how to play ignorant of both husband's crimes. But she had an appeal to people and came across as sincere. She was fun and likeable, and this documentary is a good tribute to her as an entertainer and a non-stop Believer.
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Jay DeeReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Actually a good movie
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You might expect a sarcastic treatment of Tammy, but this turned out to be an interesting portrait. Covers the many stages of her life, leadership of the church, and the personal challenges she faced as husband after husband turned out to be a criminal. Her strength and faith guided her through some very difficult times. Recommended.
EllieMiReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
An uplifting and positive documentary
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I just got the news today that the man who had lied, swindled me out of so much money, and committed fraud, yet was going to get away with it, something compelled me to watch Tammy Faye. I am so glad I did. This is such an uplifting and inspirational documentary no matter what your religious beliefs. It is about faith in spite of many of life's setbacks. I have had more than my share of Jerry Falwells, and I did not think that I could make it through the anger and rage I felt being betrayed again. I realize now that this contractor who was negligent, corrupt, and made false statements under oath was not going to be the millstone around my neck. When Tammy said that she carried those who betrayed her around like a rotting corpse, I understand. One has to move forward with a belief in a higher power and justice which will come at another time. I heard her clearly and distinctly and I was woken up by her words. What a spunky and spirited woman who takes the knocks life gives and finds her way in spite of the occasional unfairness in the world which would break most. Thank Gd for Tammy.
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jltd5555Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
HOW DID THEY GET IT SO WRONG ?? rupaul is amazing!
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What IF every story we see on the evening news GOT IT SO WRONG ?? got the biggest story of week this wrong? this manipulated? what if the media told every story with this much information being simply not true. this much of a story not included? would it mean that there exists an unseen agenda? would it signify all media was used as to manipulate our personal or public opinion on a topic or as in this case WORSE, THE LIFE OF A LIVING ,FEELING, HONORABLE ,TRUTHFUL PERSON WE LOVED AND ADMIRED? what if the media was a tool for thIS type of agenda and the truth was not told on any given day? on any given channel? in any city of the WORLD? IF EVERY NEWS STORY PORTRAYED A LIFE STORY SO WRONGLY, IT WAS EASILY THE OJ OF ITS DAY! IT WAS THE BIGGEST STORY OF A DECADE! AND IT WAS ALL TOTALLY WRONG ! well BELIEVE IT. thats exactly what happened TO TAMMY FAYE BAKKER MEZZNER. BEFORE HER DEATH FROM CANCER. see it for yourself. MUCH RESPECT AND appreciation to THE FILMS makers and to RUPAUL. (RUPAUL'S Dragrace on LOGO FAME) WONDERFUL footage and truly HEARTBREAKING. FINALLY THE TRUTH can SET HER FREE! i wept watching this movie and am a better person having seen this film. you will be too. listen carefully and watch it twice to understand mesgs its not just another version. trust is for children. know the real TRUTH and POWER OF MEDIA in America. WHY WASNT THE TRUTH EVER TOLD? WAS OJ SIMPSON STORY TOLD IN THIS WAY? IS WHAT WE THINK DUE TO WHAT WE ARE TOLD TO THINK BY MEDIA? IS IT TRUE WHAT WERE TOLD BY THE MEDIA? MAYBE NOT !!
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C ChamReviewed in the United States on October 26, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's great but it's not the movie I thought
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I rented the film stupidly thinking it's the new movie that just came out--it has the same same.
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