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The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000)

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2001
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXL4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,470 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" on IMDb

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Tammy Faye Bakker, she of the layers of makeup that made her face into a living Halloween mask, will forever remain a camp icon of '80s culture for many of us. Directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato aren't above needling Bakker for her more excessive accouterments, but The Eyes of Tammy Faye is ultimately a loving, sympathetic portrait of "the first lady of televangelism." The film charts her life from traveling evangelist to the mother of three religious cable networks, and her fall from grace when husband Jim Bakker was forced out of the PTL (Praise the Lord) ministry after a scandalous affair. Always entertaining (sock puppets introduce each section) and at times surprising (did you know that Jim and Tammy were the first television ministers to reach out to the gay community and people with AIDS?), it rarely strays from Tammy Faye's version of events. Jerry Falwell becomes the story's sole scapegoat, but even the film's best arguments don't quite make Jim Bakker an innocent victim. But then it's not his film, it's Tammy Faye's, and Bailey and Barbato seem to have fallen in love with their charismatic subject. If nothing else, they reveal the woman behind the cultural joke and celebrate a spiritual survival story. RuPaul Charles narrates, and clips from the 1990 TV movie Fall from Grace feature a young Kevin Spacey as the adulterous preacher. --Sean Axmaker

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never thought I'd see the day!!!! December 12, 2002
Tammy Faye is now someone I admire!
I purchased this as a vague curiosity after reading some other reviews. I thought these people have GOT to be wrong. turns out I was.
This is actually a very telling account not only of Tammy Faye, but of televangelism (If you thought Jerry Falwell was evil will see him as Satan Incarnate after viewing this). I will say that I thought of Tammy Faye as master media manipulator...but after seeing this...I honestly don't think so.
One of the things this documentary subtley conveys is that Tammy Faye is more resilliant than she is brilliant. I think it's just her natural tenacity that has kept her going and has drawn media attention like flies. I think she's a person who has a genuine good heart who has just too much naievete for the world of evangellical broadcasting.
Overall, I was amazed how much I had warmed up to her by the end of the film, and honestly gained a whole new respect for her ability to never say die.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Empathic Look At Tammy Faye May 30, 2004
Since the PTL Club scandal in the 1980s, Tammy Faye Bakker has become one of the all time greats of the eccentric pop-culture icons. The PTL financial scandal and Jim Bakker's affair with Jessica Hahn have faded from front page news stories and into a tiny dot on the historical map. Tammy Faye, however, still pops up in pop media frequently enough to be more recognizable than ex-hubby Jim, not to mention the almost forgotten Hahn.
"The Eyes of Tammy Faye" delivers a well documented history of Jim and Tammy Faye's rise to fame on the TV Evangelist circuit, their fall from grace, and where the dice landed for Tammy Faye. If this were a film exclusively about the PTL scandal, this docu would come up short; but the main focus here is on Tammy Faye the individual. In doing so, the film makers did an excellent job of presenting the most important aspects of the scandal in a nutshell, and giving us a three-dimensional view of Tammy Faye.
Early on, this documentary shows a genuinely sweet side of Tammy Faye, telling of her unhappy childhood, and how the religion she grew up with was just one big monolithic intimidator, threatening the believers with eternal damnation. Instead of Tammy Faye taking this fear into adulthood, she instead turns it upside down, and preaches Christianity to the TV public with compassion. Particularly moving is a clip from a PTL Club episode where she has an AIDS activist on the show; wherein you would often see TV preachers brag that they will cure AIDS victims of their lifestyle and illness, Tammy Faye brings the activist on the show with compassion. They discuss the battle against AIDS, never bagging on the gay lifestyle.
Another reason to check out this documentary is to catch the disturbing info on Jerry Falwell taking command of The PTL Network.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I just watched this film for the first time. I laughed; I cried. It became a part of me.
I had always assumed the "facts" about the fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were true and simple. This film at least raises questions about the consistantly unchristian treatment of the Bakker's by their tele-evangelist cohorts.
For me, any film that further demonstrates that Jerry Falwell will burn in hell is sufficently entertaining to justify the purchase, but this film has much more. Seeing inside Tammy Faye, one discovers that she is a good woman with a good heart, but little if any self esteem. She was way ahead of her time (ahead of where most of her former cohorts are now) on social issues. Her fragile self-esteem was trampled upon again and again. (The clip of Tammy Faye on the PTL Club television set stoned on Ativan and trying to wade in the water, which has been painted on canvas, is precious.) I ALMOST feel bad laughing at it all, but Tammy Faye has herself done what she suggests others do with the lemons dealt her in life: .. yeah, make lemonade.. <eyes roll>
The film's irony is poignant throughout... RuPaul, who wears less makeup than Tammy Faye, provides an even narration of the film. A look at the Bakker's son shows exactly what one would not expect. Jim Bakker's "victim's" comments about the depravation of her innocence are spliced together with tasteless, raunchy scenes from her Playboy video.
Tammy Faye should be admired-- probably not for her fashion and makeup prowess-- but because, in spite of getting knocked down again and again and again, she always gets back up and remains true to herself.
If you are not convinced to buy this film already, then do so for the answer to the question of the ages: What do roaches, Tammy Faye, and Cher have in common?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly decent, and eye opening July 14, 2005
Ok, so I didn't think I would be the person to say, this movie is worth watching, and you will come away with a different perspective. Its amazing but it can happen, I always thought had the impression of her that wasn't so kind, honestly it was down right mean. I can say that after watching this, my impression of Tammy Faye is every different.

Yes, she loves to wear crazy wigs, and uses more mascara in a month than I will use in my lifetime. What I found surprising was that she and her ex husband created so much of the current televangalism movement that we have. The 700 club, and the TBN, were projects that they helped to create. Yes, they did run into some financial problems, was it over ambition on their part? Most likely.

Some good points were brought out about the scandal was that they didn't intentionally deceive, and secondly that was a heck of a lot of work to do for so little financial gain on their part. One thing that rings clear through the movie is that she is definately filled with love for people, and harbors no ill feelings towards her ex husband.

I walked away from this movie with empathy for her, she has been truly villified, and she continues onward. I definately recommend this movie to others. Growing up in the 1980's these stories were definately part of my culture, and its wonderful to go back and see the behind the story version.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT LASH
Published 2 months ago by Yolanda
5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd time seeing it!
Humorous and painful look into one womans journey through the land of tv "religion". One of the Top 10 best documentaries ever made!
Published 3 months ago by Cassandra Pierson
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating movie about a fascinating, one-of-a-kind human being
I expected this movie to be either a sensational, supermarket-tabloid, scandal-spewing freak show; or a cruel, cynical put-down - like an extended Saturday Night Live skit with her... Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Tammy Faye...there's just something infectious about her.
Not only is this an interesting documentary of the first lady of the famed TV ministry, PTL, she gives many honest insights on her life with and after former husband, Jim Baker,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by AntDuron
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I cannot help it...I do like this. It is intimate and revealing and you cannot help but like her. Worth seeing
Published 5 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Lady
I had seen this video several times on Hulu and when I found it on Amazon streaming video, I decided that I wanted to own it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Things are not always s they seem
I really liked Tammy Faye and Jim. They lifted me many times when I was depressed. I am truly sorry that all this happened. Read more
Published 13 months ago by judi
5.0 out of 5 stars HOW DID THEY GET IT SO WRONG ?? rupaul is amazing!
What IF every story we see on the evening news GOT IT SO WRONG ?? got the biggest story of week this wrong? this manipulated? Read more
Published 17 months ago by jltd5555
5.0 out of 5 stars Tammy Faye is my hero
I'll not write what I feel would be repetitive considering the reviews already written, but I will say that I too had misunderstood Tammy for a very long time. Read more
Published 22 months ago by baby
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Insight To A Grand But Misunderstood Icon
Perhaps I had rented "The Eyes Of Tammy Faye" or seen it first on cable it's hard to recall. What's crystal clear is the impact it had on me. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Peter Suslock
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