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In God's Country (2007)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 11 June 2007
In a largely self-contained and secretive polygamist community where the belief is that a man marrying multiple women and having as many children as humanly possible ensures passage into ... See full summary »

Director:

John L'Ecuyer

Writers:

Dennis Foon (story editor), Peter Behrens (story) | 2 more credits »
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1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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Kelly Rowan ... Judith Leavitt
Richard Burgi ... Josiah Leavitt
Martha MacIsaac ... Charlotte Joseph
Hannah Lochner ... Alice Levitt
Stephen Suckling Stephen Suckling ... Mark Levitt
Kate Mackenzie Kate Mackenzie ... Kate Levitt
Tyler Stevenson Tyler Stevenson ... Michael Levitt
Kristopher Turner ... Jamie Coyle
Marc Strange Marc Strange ... The Prophet
Peter Outerbridge ... Officer Wayne
Lynda Boyd ... Louise
Catherine Disher ... Eileen
Melody A. Johnson Melody A. Johnson ... Pearl
Bill Lake ... Thomas
Mac Fyfe ... Nephi
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In a largely self-contained and secretive polygamist community where the belief is that a man marrying multiple women and having as many children as humanly possible ensures passage into heaven which in turn means that the older men with status often choose underage girls to bore those multiple children, Judith Leavitt, a third generation member, is one of the junior wives of community leader, Bishop Josiah Leavitt. They have four children of their own, plus an older, sixteen year old Charlotte Joseph, being Judith's daughter from a previous marriage. Judith was forced to divorce her first husband, who she loved and who was excommunicated for considered to be a non-believer, to marry Josiah. Judith's secret status as Josiah's favorite wife takes a turn when she tries to take an action to protect their twelve year old daughter, Alice Leavitt. Josiah temporarily banishing Judith and the kids from the house to send her a message to obey or else leads to Judith deciding to make it ... Written by Huggo

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au nom de ma fille See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Judith Leavitt: You're not a god, Josiah! You can't control these women and children. You don't own our children and you don't own me!
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A fearful world
30 March 2014 | by bogsted-2See all my reviews

Poncho1989, you're correct that this is based on a true story, but the person who told this story was not Warren Jeff's wife, but the wife of his chief aide - now also in prison.

This movie shows the the ambivalence of the people living in this sect, told from birth that Polygamy is G-d's will, wanting to live according to that, but also having human needs and desires. I have known many of these women, those who have fled the sect, and love many of them as my sisters. This movie correctly portrays the world of polygamy and its disastrous effect on women and children, who are treated as property. It also turns woman against woman in an attempt to have what limited power they can.

This movie isn't great art. The writing is just okay, but the characters are portrayed well and the plot is based on reality, which is sometimes more frightening than fiction. If you want to understand the world that Warren Jeffs continues to control from his prison cell, watch this movie.


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