Child Bride of Short Creek (1981)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  7 December 1981 (USA)
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Partially based on the true events surrounding a rural religious cult in the American Midwest, and how the members' children suffered for their parents' fanaticism.


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Complete credited cast:
Jessica Rae Jacobs
Isaac King
Frank King
Bob Kalish
Warren Vanders ...
Jay Jacobs
Isaac's mother
Mary Jacobs (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
Alan Nash ...
Heidi Bohay ...
Babetta Dick ...
Robert E. Hartenberger ...
Attorney General


Dramatization of the lives of the people of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, collectively known as "Short Creek," a community made up of members of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, a Mormon separatist group practicing child marriage and polygamy. Written by JoJo

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La jeune mariĆ©e de Short Creek  »

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very realistic glimpse of polygamy
13 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a dramatization of a historic raid on a polygamist community. I grew up in Utah as a non-Mormon, but I went with my best friend to all kinds of LDS church meetings, conferences and dances. The main LDS church will excommunicate you for polygamy, but off shoot churches have continued this practice to this day. The "Big Brother" feel of everyone knowing everyone else's business, and being expected to do as everyone else does, in every little thing in your life, is very true. It is a realistic glimpse into a tightly woven religious sect (cult if you will). Very young girls are married off to men the age of their fathers, or even grandfathers, and often they are already related in some way, because of the small size of the community. I love this line; the girls are doing hard chores in above 100(f)degree heat. One of the girls had dared to roll up the sleeves of her very modest, below the knee, dress to just above her elbows to cool off a bit. Her mother says "roll those sleeves down!-you want to show everything you've got!?"

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