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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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In Love With The Son. Betrothed To The Father. 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:

Rockville, Utah, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Filmed East of Hurricane, Utah, at an abandoned, (State designated park), 1900 ghost-town sight which had been flooded out. A river flows adjacent to the abandoned town. A few relic buildings remain standing, including a Church, a few houses, and a few farm or barn buildings. A "movie constructed set-house" was built for the film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". This set piece remains located at the corner of the town's main street crossroad. Upon inspection, one can spot the framed "wild away" walls constructed for the camera to film inside the set-house interior. This house was built and used for Butch Cassidy's hideout, with the front dirt street used for the bicycle riding scene. Short Creek production repaired the town buildings, re-painting exterior buildings, to emphasize dilapidated conditions. Additional picket fences were placed around the houses for a lived in atmosphere. Additional shacks, and leaning shelters were built to fill out the town spaces. The construction coordinator (Jerry Esposito) and the Production Designer scouted-shopped the Hurricane township for out-houses that local Property owners would part with. Offering $25 to $50 dollars, Esposito was able to snag three wood out-house buildings. The "hero" outhouse was purchased from the Hurricain "DeMille" family - whose descendants were related to Cecil B. DeMille. Threafter, this hero outhouse was nicknamed "the DeMille Outhouse"... 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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