Fall from Grace is a 1990 television film about the lives of Jim Bakker and his then-wife, Tammy Faye Bakker, during the 1980s, starring Kevin Spacey (OMG) and the FABULASH (Gay Saint) Bernadette Peters in their lead roles. The film aired on NBC on April 29, 1990, as well as occasional reruns in later years on the Lifetime Movie Network so you know it’s got to be…… good.
Peters, as Tammy, sings several gospel songs throughout the movie, including “Mercy Rewrote My Life”, “Amazing Grace”, “God Rides on the Wings of Love”, and “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”.
Spacey at first declined the role, but finally decided to take it, because of “Jim’s complexity — and a 3½-hour phone conversation with director Arthur.” Because Tammy’s weight fluctuated, Peters sometimes had to have extra padding; she wears false nails and five wigs. The movie cost $3-million-plus to make.
A Los Angeles Times article noted that both Peters and Spacey said “they had doubts about taking part in the show because of the caricature, Saturday Night Live aspect of their characters”,