Tabloid

Tabloid

Director: Errol Morris

Cast: Errol Morris, Joyce McKinney, Jackson Shaw, Peter Tory

     
 

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris spins a remarkable true-life story of love, sex, obsession, abduction, religion, and scandal. Joyce McKinney was a beauty pageant winner in her teens who moved from the Midwest to Utah and fell in love with Kirk Anderson, a handsome man who also happened to be a Mormon. Like many Mormons, Anderson was called upon by the… See more details below

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Award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris spins a remarkable true-life story of love, sex, obsession, abduction, religion, and scandal. Joyce McKinney was a beauty pageant winner in her teens who moved from the Midwest to Utah and fell in love with Kirk Anderson, a handsome man who also happened to be a Mormon. Like many Mormons, Anderson was called upon by the Church of Latter-Day Saints to go on a mission to spread the word about his faith; Anderson was sent to England, and McKinney was heartbroken about losing her man. So McKinney took matters into her own hands -- she flew to England, snatched Anderson from an LDS meeting house in London, and spirited him away to a remote cabin where, after chaining him to a bed, she attempted to seduce him away from the church. McKinney saw this as an act of love and rescue, while Anderson's lawyers described it as kidnapping and rape, and when the matter went before the British courts, the tabloid media in the U.K. ran wild with the story. In Tabloid, Morris allows McKinney to tell her side of this truly remarkable story, as well as sharing some incredible tales of her life before and after what became known as "The Case of the Manacled Mormon." Tabloid received its world premiere at the 2010 Telluride Film Festival.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Among the many aspects of Errol Morris' talent that make him an elite documentary filmmaker is that he finds true stories that aren't just interesting, but are full of colorful people whom he then gets to open up on camera. Vernon, Florida, Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, and The Fog of War are all quirky examinations of various profound themes and telling psychological sketches of the people who agree to be interviewed on camera. Tabloid stands alongside his best work for this very reason. The story of beauty queen Joyce McKinney exemplifies the old saying that truth is stranger than fiction. The one-time Miss Wyoming, who claims to have an IQ of 168, became the tabloid sensation of England in 1977 thanks to her being the central figure in a lurid scandal involving sex, kidnapping, religion, and obsession. She traveled to London with a couple of bodyguards and a pilot hoping to get her Mormon boyfriend away from the church, and ended up facing kidnapping charges, as well as having numerous kinky elements of her sex life surface in the press. If you've never heard of Joyce McKinney before, do yourself a favor and don't go looking her up before seeing this movie -- and do go see the movie, because it's hard to imagine a more entertaining true-crime tale. McKinney sits for extensive interviews with Morris, and she is a fascinating individual -- articulate, extroverted, and manipulative. In fact, she lays out the theme of the movie late in the film when she states her belief that if you tell a lie for long enough, people will eventually believe it. What she doesn't seem to realize is that the same is true of the person telling the lie -- you can manipulate yourself by insisting on the same story. Tabloid isn't about scandals or gossip, it's about the manipulation that Joyce describes. From the pilot who, decades later, still gets turned on by the memory of Joyce's youthful figure and outgoing demeanor, to the tabloid reporter who uncovers juicy secrets in her past, to the central figure herself, everybody in this movie is convinced that his or her point-of-view should be everyone's. As Morris slowly reveals more and more about the various stages of Joyce's life -- including a second run-in with unwanted fame -- it dawns on us that truth doesn't matter much at all. It's the storytellers and their stories that fascinate us. Morris not only examines our attraction to the kind of scandal-sheet journalism that people are quick to get all morally righteous about, he also satisfies -- without judging us -- our desire for sensationalism by simultaneously giving us a ceaselessly entertaining portrait of the confounding, fascinating, and quite possibly unknowable Joyce McKinney.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2011
UPC:
0030306979397
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
R
Source:
Ifc Independent Film
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
56,010

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joyce McKinney Participant
Jackson Shaw Participant
Peter Tory Participant
Troy Williams Participant
Kent Gavin Participant
Jin Han Hong Participant
Julie Bilson Ahlberg Participant
Mark Lipson Participant

Technical Credits
Errol Morris Director,Executive Producer
Julie Bilson Ahlberg Producer
David Bach Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Brawer Asst. Director
Robert Chappell Cinematographer
Ajae Clearway Co-producer
Max Daly Associate Producer
Elastic Animator
Rob Fend Production Designer
Robert Fernandez Executive Producer
Steve Hardie Production Designer
John Kusiak Score Composer
Jeremy Ladman Production Designer
Skip Lievsay Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Lipson Producer
Fran Maxwell Makeup
Grant Surmi Editor
Angus Wall Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tabloid
1. Opening Credits [:07]
2. Small Town Girl [7:07]
3. Trip to England [7:35]
4. Inside the love cottage [8:02]
5. Ascend Together [6:42]
6. Holloway Prison [7:17]
7. Pink Carnations [7:17]
8. Betraying Her [8:40]
9. Freaked Out [1:41]
10. Incurable Romantic [7:18]
11. Cloning [5:54]
12. Ending Credits [7:27]

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