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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.

Director:

Robert Michael Lewis (as Robert Lewis)

Writers:

Joyce Eliason (teleplay by), Michael Fessier Jr. (based on a story by)
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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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Producers Laurence Schiller and Paul Monash with the Art Director Hub Braden scouted the ghost town location in the Spring of 1981, deciding to film the NBC-TV MOW in Utah. The actual Short Creek was located South of Hurricane approximately 40 miles. Art Director and Construction Coordinator Jerry Esposito established their base in the only motel in Hurricane six weeks prior to photography. Esposito hired construction carpenters and painters at the St George Unemployment office for his crew. They established Short Creek Productions with a local bank, with a sizable account for credit purposes, for purchasing lumber and materials prior to construction. The producers, cast and production department followed establishing their group in several motels in St. George Utah for the filming and wrap. The distance from St. George to the ghost town location was about 30 miles. The construction coordinator built a foot bridge over the shallow creek bed adjacent the ghost town and main road. Otherwise the travel time to reach the town was an additional 20 miles; ten miles to reach a creek crossing bridge, and another ten miles back to the ghost town. The actual Shortcreek Mormon-Polygamist group in Colorado City and Hilldale township had knowledge of the intended filming. The production was advised that a rumored possible raid of the filming location by the Polygamist male leadership might occur. The local Sheriff, Glennwood Humphries, became a major contact for the construction department, making his presence established prior to and during filming. Filming was neither delayed nor prevented during the production schedule. Two brothers, from Tooele, Utah, were hired to live in their parents house trailer located adjacent the creek, the bridge, and the location, acting as security both during the day and night from first day of construction, till end of filming. The two boys also became town extras during their security detail. See more »

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

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This film shows trues LDS beliefs.
13 February 2006 | by mrtatertotSee all my reviews

Actually, this film is not about a nominal Christian group as one reviewer wrote, it is about a fundamentalist Mormon sect. What is important to know about this is the truth behind early LDS doctrine. Even though the modern day LDS followers will discourage this belief, they cling to the fact that the good LDS men will become gods on their own planets in the afterlife with multiple wives.

The film was interesting and it caused me to do some research in the group that it is based on. Some reference works will point out there are between 150,000 to 300,000 practicing polygamous people in the US. Most of these are fringe LDS.


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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:

Rockville, Utah, USA See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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