The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021 film)

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The Eyes of Tammy Faye is a 2021 American biographical drama film based on the documentary of the same name by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Directed by Michael Showalter and written by Abe Sylvia, the film depicts the controversial history of televangelists Tammy Faye Bakker and Jim Bakker, portrayed by Jessica Chastain (who also produces the film) and Andrew Garfield, respectively. Cherry Jones, Fredric Lehne, Louis Cancelmi, Sam Jaeger, Gabriel Olds, Mark Wystrach and Vincent D’Onofrio also star.

2021 American film
The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Official poster
Directed by Michael Showalter
Screenplay by Abe Sylvia
Based on The Eyes of Tammy Faye
by Fenton Bailey
Randy Barbato
Produced by
Cinematography Mike Gioulakis
Edited by Mary Jo Markey
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Distributed by Searchlight Pictures
Release date
  • September 12, 2021 (2021-09-12) (TIFF)
  • September 17, 2021 (2021-09-17) (United States)
Running time
126 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.4 million[2]

The Eyes of Tammy Faye had its world premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2021, and was released on September 17, 2021 by Searchlight Pictures. The film grossed $2.4 million and received mixed reviews from the critics, who praised the performances but criticized the screenplay.

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An intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.

It was announced in May 2019 that Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield were cast to star in the film, with Michael Showalter directing.[3] Chastain detailed in an August 2019 interview she had acquired the rights to Tammy Faye Bakker’s life in 2012. Chastain will also be doing her own singing in the film.[4] In October 2019, Cherry Jones joined the cast of the film.[5] In November 2019, Sam Jaeger, Vincent D’Onofrio, Gabriel Olds, Mark Wystrach, Chandler Head, Fredric Lehne and Jay Huguley joined the cast of the film.[6][7][8]

Principal photography began in October 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina.[9][10][11]

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