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Fall from Grace (1990)




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The Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker story was a "natural" for TV-movie adaptation, and Fall From Grace more than fills the bill. Bernadette Peters heaps on makeup by the trowel as Tammy Faye, the wife of televangelist Jim Bakker (here played with boyish fanaticism by Kevin Spacey). The Bakkers build up their "PTL" organization ("Praise the Lord") into a massive empire encompassing millions of dollars in donations, a cable-TV network, valuable land holdings and a garish religious theme park, Heritage USA. A North Carolina newspaper rocks the boat by investigating inequities in the Bakkers' financial setup. The whole enterprise falls apart when it's discovered that Jim has siphoned off funds to cover up an extramarital affair. Telecast in the spring of 1990 to coincide with the beginning of Jim Bakker's long, long prison sentence, Fall From Grace tries to be fair...for at least fifteen minutes.


Kevin Spacey
as Jim Bakker
Steven Barr
as Bodyguard #1
Bernadette Peters
as Tammy Faye Bakker
Robert Broyles
as Construction Foreman
Richard Herd
as Richard Dortch
Beth Grant
as Paulene
John Evans
as Security Guard
Richard Paul
as Rev. Jerry Falwell
John McLiam
as Rev. Aubrey Sara
Duane Grey
as Announcer
Mark Davenport
as Real Estate Man
Jean Kasem
as Palm Springs Realtor
Charles McDaniel
as Gruff Attorney
Bob McLean
as Don Zachary
Rod Britt
as Finance Executive
John Petlock
as Technical Engineer
Daniel Trent
as Bodyguard #2
Susan Ware
as Newswoman
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Critic Reviews for Fall from Grace

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

By trying to move down some video path of goodness, ''Fall From Grace'' is too even-handed to handle, and wastes along the way two splendid performances.

June 5, 2019 | Full Review…

It is a fairly straightforward cautionary tale of greed and foolishness.

June 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Fall from Grace could have been, at its most daring, an indictment of televangelism and, at the least, an entertaining hoot; instead, it's a baleful drag with superlative acting.

May 30, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Fall From Grace is a fascinating saga, like standing on a hilltop and watching an accident happen that you know is inevitable. There's little to be gained from the experience, but it's irresistible to watch.

June 5, 2019 | Full Review…

...a rather cheesy TV biopic of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker...

June 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Apart from occasional laughs, "Fall From Grace" falls flat on its face.

June 5, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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