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Tabloid -- A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary.
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A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Joyce McKinney ... Herself
Peter Tory ... Himself
Troy Williams ... Himself
Jackson Shaw ... Himself
Kent Gavin ... Himself
Dr. Hong ... Himself (as Jin Han Hong)

Directed by
Errol Morris 
Produced by
Julie Ahlberg .... producer (as Julie Bilson Ahlberg)
Ajae Clearway .... co-producer
Max Daly .... associate producer
Robert Fernandez .... executive producer
Mark Lipson .... producer
Errol Morris .... executive producer
Angus Wall .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Kusiak 
Cinematography by
Robert Chappell (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Grant Surmi 
Production Design by
Steve Hardie 
Makeup Department
Fran Maxwell .... makeup artist
Production Management
Aimée Flaherty .... associate production supervisor (as Aimee Flaherty)
Mark Lipson .... post-production supervisor
Adam Picchietti .... associate production supervisor
Dina Marie Piscatelli .... production supervisor
Rebekah Sindoris .... associate production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Brawer .... first assistant director
Art Department
Rob Feng .... graphic artist
Jon Gold .... property master
Jeremy Landman .... graphic artist
Daniel Turk .... construction coordinator (as Dan Turk)
Sound Department
David Bach .... dialogue editor
David Bach .... sound re-recording mixer
Phil Barrie .... assistant sound editor
Joel Dougherty .... sound effects editor
Skip Lievsay .... sound re-recording mixer
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Bruce Perlman .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Kurt Lawson .... digital compositor
Maciek Sokalski .... compositor
Hameed Shaukat .... additional visual effects producer: a52 (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Beverly .... key grip
Simon S. Cho .... gaffer (as Simon Cho)
Mauricio Gutierrez .... digital imaging technician (as Mauricio Guitierrez)
Aaron Kaikko .... video assist
Rob McCarthy .... gaffer
Joel Prescott .... grip
Will Reid .... electrician
Paul Salmi .... grip
John Sekula .... first assistant camera
Jared Washburn .... second assistant camera
Joe Weireter .... electrician
Peter Welsh .... grip
Animation Department
Steven Do .... additional animator
Jonathan Ficcadenti .... animator
Jiaren Hui .... additional animator
Michael Reith .... additional animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Miriam Burke .... wardrobe supervisor
Lee Ann Jarvis .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Kevin Bass .... technical engineer
David Brodie .... additional editor
Brendan Crockett .... on-line editor
Austyn Daines .... editorial assistant
Steven Hathaway .... contributing editor
Yannick Leblanc .... technical engineer
Nathan Sumperton .... editorial assistant
James Taylor .... on-line producer
Angus Wall .... contributing editor
Paul Yacono .... colorist
Music Department
Shie Rozow .... music editor
P. Andrew Willis .... composer: additional music
Stefan Karrer .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
Other crew
Steven J. Bagnara .... production assistant (as Steve Bagnara)
Nevada Basile .... production accountant
Sam Bjork .... researcher
Jacquie Boubion .... production assistant
Sophie Branson Gill .... researcher
Doug Bratcher .... production assistant
Josh Braun .... distribution advisor: Submarine Entertainment
Dave Burg .... production assistant
Maggie Causey .... script supervisor
Julie Fischer .... researcher
Matthew Hinrichs .... production assistant
Chris Kasick .... post consultant
Nicki Lingroso .... production assistant
Won Park .... translator: Korean
Christopher L. Perez .... clearance counsel
Ann Petrone .... senior researcher
Mcihael Rubman .... production assistant
Calla Statszko .... production assistant
Anais Wade .... production assistant
Mel Young .... production assistant
T.J. Young .... researcher
Natalie Cubides Brady .... researcher (uncredited)
Bruce Perlman .... special thanks
Karen Schmeer .... in memory of

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Additional Details

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Rated R for sexual content and nudity
87 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Filmmaker Errol Morris was sued by Joyce McKinney, the central figure of the documentary for allegedly tricking her into appearing in the film.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Norbit (2007)See more »


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32 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
A Carnation up my Nose, 24 July 2011
Author: David Ferguson ( from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. Truth is often stranger than fiction. But what happens when the truth is elusive? Well "Tabloid" proves it doesn't matter ... strange is still strange! Superb documentarian Errol Morris serves up his most 'whacked out' profile yet.

Mr. Morris has described his work in documentary films as falling into one of two categories: 'Completely Whacked Out' and 'Politically Concerned'. The latter category includes his brilliant films "The Fog of War" and "The Thin Blue Line". The 'whacked' category includes "Fast, Cheap & Out of Control" and "Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A Leuchter". I highly recommend any and all of these.

This latest subject, Joyce McKinney, may not be immediately familiar to you. In 1977, she became infamous as the key player in the British tabloid storyline named "Case of the Manacled Mormon". She was accused of following a Mormon missionary to the U.K., kidnapping him, handcuffing him to a bed, and using him as her sex slave. To really understand the story, one must realize the lack of knowledge that the British press had towards the Mormon church at the time. They truly viewed it as a cult.

Ms. McKinney has never stopped her accusations that the Mormon leaders created a cult environment, and brain washed men and women alike. Her stance is a huge part of why her story, or stories, are impossible to take seriously. Her story is that she and Kirk Anderson fell in love and the church forced them apart by shipping Anderson off on a missionary trip to England. Mr. Anderson has refused all interview requests since his release, but he claimed he requested the trip to escape the obsessive clutches of Joyce.

The amazing thing that I noticed while watching this film is that I didn't care about the truth. Even the filmmaker, Mr. Morris, doesn't seem to care about the truth. The fascination is with the personality of the enigmatic Joyce McKinney. Her direct interviews are mesmerizing. When she states "a person can tell a lie so many times that they believe it's true", we have to laugh outloud. Her stories are so convoluted, yet told with such conviction.

I certainly don't wish to spoil the entertainment value afforded by her first person story telling, so I will concentrate on the presentation by Mr. Morris. He seems to really enjoy the tabloid approach and uses graphics and imagery to add detail and structure. His use of the score is highly effective and quite unusual for a documentary. He provides the stage for this former Miss Wyoming to perform. And perform she does!

For comparison purposes, I have nothing. My first thought was a train wreck. Then a circus side show. Neither of those do justice to this unique story of a most unusual woman presented by a visionary filmmaker. All I can say is, you must see it to believe it ... or not.

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