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Child Bride of Short Creek (1981)

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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Robert Michael Lewis (as Robert Lewis)

Writers:

Joyce Eliason (teleplay by), Michael Fessier Jr. (based on a story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Atkins ... Isaac King
Diane Lane ... Jessica Rae Jacobs
Conrad Bain ... Frank King
Kiel Martin ... Bob Kalish
Helen Hunt ... Naomi
Warren Vanders Warren Vanders ... Jay Jacobs
Joan Shawlee ... Isaac's Mother
Dee Wallace ... Mary Jacobs
Babetta Dick Babetta Dick ... Judy
Melinda Almquist Melinda Almquist ... Viola
Julianne Slocum Julianne Slocum ... Rachel
C. Duane Tuft C. Duane Tuft ... Larry Wesenskow
Robert E. Hartenberger Robert E. Hartenberger ... Attorney General Ross
Alan Nash Alan Nash ... Sheriff Beal
Jay Bernard Jay Bernard ... Judge Sears
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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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For generations, their beliefs allowed the elders to take as many wives as they wanted. Until a young girl is promised to the father of the boy she loves. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La jeune mariée de Short Creek See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Many of the locals of Hurricane were used as extras and other cast members. See more »

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Referenced in Many Wives: Vows of Silence (2000) See more »

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Yes to a remake. How about a DVD for now?
9 November 2004 | by sidbrooksSee all my reviews

My wife & I have enjoyed this movie at least once per year since '81. The casting was just about perfect especially the youthful Diane Lane with her wonderful facial expressions. Conrad Bain really captured the character of President King when Brother Jacobs first turned to him and President King said "God has Spoken". Then after a moment of reflection Jacobs threw in the towel when he turned again and said "Amen". The plot was just right for the first viewing. Lets have a six hour miniseries exploring the break from the Mormons and then fast forward to the fifties with a little more of the "fire & brimstone" preaching. Yes of course" to a remake with about twenty percent more character development. Perhaps Diane Lane could be a sister wife in the remake and old Brother Otley could be trying to have his way with Naomi. I would also like to develop the idea of polygamy being "God's way" and see the old men trying to continuously justify it as such.


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