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The 19th Wife (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 13 September 2010
Fundamentalist sect member BeckyLyn is accused of killing her husband. Queenie, another wife in the polygamist sect, doesn't believe BeckyLyn is capable of such violence and desperate to ... See full summary »

Director:

Rod Holcomb

Writers:

Richard Friedenberg (teleplay), David Ebershoff (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chyler Leigh ... Queenie
Matt Czuchry ... Jordan
Alexia Fast ... Five
Patricia Wettig ... BeckyLyn
Jeff Hephner ... Hiram
Lara Jean Chorostecki ... Ann Eliza
Patrick Garrow ... The Prophet
Sarain Boylan ... Desert Missy
David Lawrence Brown ... Mr. Heber (as Dave Brown)
John Bourgeois ... Brigham Young
Peter Strand Rumpel ... Chauncey
Holly Turner ... Mrs. Hagen
Karl Pruner Karl Pruner ... Sawyer Scott
Brian Jensen Brian Jensen ... Cop
Justin Michael Carriere ... Gilbert Webb (as Justin Michael Carrier)
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Storyline

Fundamentalist sect member BeckyLyn is accused of killing her husband. Queenie, another wife in the polygamist sect, doesn't believe BeckyLyn is capable of such violence and desperate to prove her innocence reaches out to her excommunicated son Jordan for help in freeing his mother. Written by phoggy

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Polygamy Can Be Murder

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

19ª Esposa See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In a weird coincidence there is a non-fiction book entitled the Witness Wore Red (2013) by Becky Musser, who was the 19th wife of elderly FLDS prophet Rulon Jeffs. See more »

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Apologize
(uncredited)
Performed by Timbaland featuring OneRepublic
Composed by Timbaland and Ryan Tedder
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Not even worth a dollar at the Redbox
24 June 2011 | by j-sampiroSee all my reviews

The acting isn't terrible and that's about the only thing you can say.

If you read the book, you'll hate this movie as they've gutted it (and not just the "heterosexualization" of Jordan). If you liked BIG LOVE, pass this one by- it's nothing like it. If by some odd chance you read Ann Eliza Young's book (or Irving Wallace's about her) you'll hate this movie as it not only gets everything wrong but takes less than 10 minutes and that in blips. Most of the scenes in the movie last on average about 30 seconds each and there are many plot holes, some from the book and some that the movie cooked up.

Just to correct a couple of historical errors: Ann Eliza Webb was NOT an adult when her father brought home his first plural wife but a baby so young she grew up in a polygamous family and had no memory of a life before it. She and Brigham Young had no children together- she had two sons with a first husband (omitted from the movie) and he had a few dozen with other women. Dramatic as it may seem, she did not flee from an angry mob- she checked into a hotel, gave constant interviews, and when she left town it was on a train and she sued him for a ton of alimony (unsuccessfully as their marriage was not legally recognized). That's an impressive number of errors considering the Ann Eliza story lasted all of about 5 minutes in this movie and could/should have been dropped altogether. (Her melodramatic ghost written tell-none is far from likely to inspire anybody in the modern era; even Ebershoff completely rewrote it and making her family far less interesting as he did so). This movie is basically a waste. I hope that most of the money went to Patricia Wettig's salary as she was by far the best thing in it. I read and did not like the book (too much purple prose and too much historical inaccuracy and too much clearly vanity driven inclusions with the murder mystery, which should have been the focus, taking up maybe 5% of the book's text). Compared to the movie, the book is a masterpiece. Not good, not so-bad-it's-good, just all around mediocre with a heaping side dish of "yeah right", followed by a yawn.


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