Tabloid

Tabloid

DVD - 2011
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In the late 1970s, Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney became a tabloid staple when she kidnapped her former beau, a Mormon missionary, and tied him to a bed to 'deprogram' his religious beliefs-by having nonstop sex with him. Director Errol Morris follows the salacious adventures of this beauty queen with an IQ of 168 whose single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams led her across the globe, into jail and onto the front page.
Publisher: New York, NY : Sundance Selects : MPI Media Group, 2011.
ISBN: 9780788614163
0788614169
Branch Call Number: 364.1530942 TAB
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.

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Nursebob
Jul 24, 2017

Errol Morris’ delightfully lurid documentary gets even more risqué after the British tabloids got hold of the story and turned it into a cause célèbre for it contained all the necessary ingredients of a good old fashioned scandal: a buxom kidnapper, Scotland Yard, and kinky sex. With a small cadre of talking heads ranging from an outspoken ex-Mormon and a pair of journalists to a Korean cloning specialist (yes, you read that right) Morris prompts and cajoles his subjects into revealing far too much information and then augments his interviews with campy film snippets and some of the salacious headlines (“Mormon in Manacles!”) which graced the front pages of The Daily Express and Daily Mirror, two UK tabloids that competed with each other to get the “true story”. Still perky and clueless after all these years McKinney alternately condemns and exonerates herself while Morris gleefully keeps pace and everyone else smiles and shakes their heads. Who was this lovestruck pageant winner? What was going through her mind at the time? And what to make of all that titillating evidence the Mirror managed to dredge up in Los Angeles? The answers are only a DVD away…!

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lindy919
May 06, 2017

Reading the description of this movie is far more interesting than watching it. I turned it off after 30 minutes.

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seg8713a
Feb 13, 2017

Bizzare. And not in the way that keeps me wanting more.

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princeofdarkness
Oct 21, 2016

A surreal smorgasbord of sex, slavery, sleaze and sadness - now there's a headline for you. Somewhere amongst all the photos, headlines, testimony and talking heads is the truth - good luck trying to find it. Certain key viewpoints are missing and so the audience is left to speculate whether the story is a tragedy or a comedy. Enjoy the view, as you would if you were watching a trainwreck.

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breemu
Jul 20, 2016

As the saying goes, truth can be stranger than fiction. And what is the truth, in this particular instance? Your guess is as good as mine - keeping in mind that tabloids are notoriously unconscionable when it comes to making stuff up, and the woman in question is questionable at best - this is one weird romp.

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nidus
Apr 04, 2016

This movie was more of a slide show, since very little footage survived for the filmmakers to use. This greatly diminishes the value of the film as entertainment, but I do think they did as good as they could. It tell the story of a small minded woman (former beauty star) who tried to get her boy friend back from the current Mormons, who are best know for the killing of roughly 120 emigrants who were passing through Southern Utah in September 11, 1857. The emigrants-men, women, and children–were traveling from Arkansas to California, part of the Baker-Fancher wagon train. They were killed by a group of Mormons with the help of local Paiute Indians. The current Mormons sent her husband on the mandatory mission all young men must do. A former pilot that was involved in the affair tells most of the story. All in all, not very interesting.

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akirakato
Sep 19, 2015

This is a 2011 documentary directed by Errol Morris.
Joyce's cresade for love and personal vindication takes her through a surreal world of gun point abduction, manacled Mormons, oddball accomplices, bondage modeling, magic underwear and dreams of celestrial unions.
This film is a delirious meditation on histeria of one woman's life-long fantasy.
It is gripping, amazing, hilarious and thought-provoking!

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lukasevansherman
Aug 22, 2015

Documentarian Errol Morris's films are almost always about people, whether they be famous ones (Robert McNamara, Stephen Hawking) or little known eccentrics, like the characters in "Fast, Cheap & Out Control." What unifies them is that they tend to be passionate about something, often out of the ordinary (pet cemeteries, naked mole rats). His work has gotten more political in recent years, but 2010's "Tabloid" is a lighter, trashier film that is one of his most entertaining. His subject here is a former beauty queen who fell in love with a Mormon man and then followed him to England, where she allegedly kidnapped him. It became a splashy story in the English tabloids, often called the "Mormon Sex in Chains Case." Morris recreates the events with newspaper articles and interviews some of the participants, focusing on Joyce McKinney, who supposedly has a genius-level IQ and remains unrepentant. Morris remains out of the film, unlike Michael Moore, and lets his subjects talk, sometime to a point where they incriminate or embarrass themselves. It's hard to know what to make of McKinney, who later sued Morris over the film. The man she kidnapped is still alive, but refused to be interviewed, so we only have her side. It's a truly bizarre story and I don't think Morris is making fun of her or the viewers, as there's an undercurrent of sadness. I won't spoil the ending, as it's maybe the most oddball aspect of the story.

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1aa
Jul 08, 2015

An hilarious and entertaining look into a scandal surrounding a 'barking mad' narcissistic woman.

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geoffbar
Nov 15, 2013

Truth is stranger than fiction. And here, as is often the case, one is not sure what the truth is, exactly. A bizarre case which will make you look at tabloid headlines a little bit differently from now on.

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