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Tabloid (2010)

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A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary.

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Errol Morris
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Complete credited cast:
Joyce McKinney Joyce McKinney ... Herself
Peter Tory Peter Tory ... Himself
Troy Williams Troy Williams ... Himself
Jackson Shaw Jackson Shaw ... Himself
Kent Gavin Kent Gavin ... Himself
Jin Han Hong Jin Han Hong ... Himself
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Tabloid stories centered on the activities of Joyce McKinney, a former beauty queen with a self-reported IQ of 168, over her life are presented. Beyond her beauty pageant days, McKinney first hit the tabloid pages in Britain in what was largely coined "The Case of the Manacled Mormon". As reported by McKinney in interviews, she, a southern Christian originally from North Carolina, got involved with a group of Mormons in her pursuit of true love, without knowing they were Mormons or anything about Mormonism. She fell in love with one of those Mormons, Kirk Anderson, the two who were to be married. After he disappeared without saying anything to her, she, with the help of a private investigator and some male friends and new acquaintances, tracked him down in England where he was being brainwashed by Mormon elders, that brainwashing which included the notion of sex with and marriage to her, a non-Mormon, as taboo. He left with her voluntarily, she who took him away to a secluded cottage ... Written by Huggo

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Documentary | Crime

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Rated R for sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »
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USA

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Release Date:

11 November 2011 (UK) See more »

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Storyville: Tabloid: Sex in Chains See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$91,201, 17 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$680,468, 25 September 2011
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Dolby

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When asked who Joyce McKinney would like to play her in a film version of her life, McKinney cited Katherine Heigl. See more »

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5 August 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming (Joyce Bernann McKinney) who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary (Kirk Anderson).

The film becomes the story: In November of 2011, Joyce McKinney filed a lawsuit against director Errol Morris. Filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court, McKinney claims that Morris and his producer Mark Lipson told her they were filming for a TV documentary series about the paparazzi. McKinney is suing on the grounds that she was defamed as the film portrays her as "crazy, a sex offender, an S&M prostitute, and/or a rapist."

McKinney probably only helped the film with her lawsuit, if she had any effect at all. I do not feel they in any way defamed her, as they were merely reporting on the story and gave her ample time to give her version of events. A viewer is not left with any definite vision of who McKinney is or was.

Further, I am confused how she thought this was solely about the paparazzi. I understand that she talks of being hounded, but she also talks at length about the Mormon case, her cloned dog and any other thing. Even if this went on a TV program about paparazzi, they would have to explain to audiences who she was. So by cooperating -- regardless of the focus -- she was the one bringing herself back into the public light.


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