A hard-hitting documentary on the largest polygamous cult in the U.S., the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), located right on the Utah-Arizona border. This film shows how women and ... See full summary »

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Laurie Allen ...
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Linda Binder ...
Herself - Arizona Senator
Duffy Bistline ...
Himself - Evicted
Pam Black ...
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Lori Chatwin ...
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Ross Chatwin ...
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Ruth Cooke ...
Herself - Escapee
Seth Cooke ...
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John Dougherty ...
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Gary Engels ...
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Dan Fischer ...
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Terry Goddard ...
Himself - Arizona Attorney General
Sara Hammon ...
Herself - Escapee
Marilyn Jarrett ...
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Elaine Jeffs ...
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A hard-hitting documentary on the largest polygamous cult in the U.S., the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), located right on the Utah-Arizona border. This film shows how women and girls are denied education and other civil rights, and are treated as slaves who are married off to the polygamous men of the cult. It investigates the role of Warren Jeffs, Head "Prophet" of the FLDS, and offers a searing indictment of his treatment of fellow cult members. It also addresses the lack of outrage from the mainstream Mormon church as well as the government's collective failure to take care of the problems that are plaguing many polygamists caught in this web of greed and deceit. See how a small group of courageous filmmakers managed to make their way into a town which shuns outsiders--particularly ones with movie cameras--and get damning testimonials from some of the women of this cult. Written by gctz1one

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Referenced in Frontline: The Mormons Part 2 (2007) See more »

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Beautiful and Shocking
14 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Banking on Heaven goes way beyond anything I've seen on the news about polygamy in the U.S. This story tells about the inside workings and the real people in Colorado City, AZ, not just the sensational atrocities seen on TV. The filmmakers obviously went to great length & risk to tell all sides of the story. The main character, who has suffered and been betrayed by the cult's leader, Warren Jeffs (on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list). is a real heart-breaker.

The film points out the responsibility of lawmakers, fraudsters within the religion, and the Mormon church, which goes by the same scriptures as the polygamists, but refuses to help them. A must-see for anyone interested in cults and abuse.


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