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McKinney believed she was liberating Kirk from Mormon brainwashing. She says that Kirk did not leave when he easily could have, and they made plans to marry...until Kirk saw his kidnapping in a newspaper and had to come up with a story to save himself from excommunication. Kirk said he was genuinely kidnapped and raped by McKinney. The British tabloids had a field day. Kirk became the "Manacled Mormon", and Joyce was presented as a hopeless romantic or, alternatively, as a manipulative vixen, depending upon which paper you read. The authors of the competing tabloid visions, Peter Tory of The Daily Express, who publicized Joyce's point of view, and Kent Gavin of The Daily Mirror, who dug into her past, are interviewed for the film.
Joyce McKinney tells her own story. She may not possess the mischievous charm that so many men found irresistible 34 years ago, but she is still nutty in a sort of endearing, occasionally frightful way. She never wanted for ingenuity, and she tells a good tale.Read more ›
The focus of an hilariously lurid 1977 scandal (Joyce McKinney and the Case of the Manacled Mormon), McKinney traveled from the U.S. to England to kidnap Kirk Anderson, a Utah-bred Mormon missionary with whom she had fallen in love. Armed with a fake hand gun, she forces Anderson into a car and drives him to a cozy British cottage where she promptly ties him to the bed for a three-day love fest. As she says in modern interviews, this was the man of her romantic dreams imprisoned by a repressive Mormon ideology. She was saving him from the cult clutches of inhibition. Plus, she was hoping to become pregnant and marry the strapping man. By the time he returned to aghast Mormon protectors, he had changed his story to kidnapping and rape so as to avoid excommunication. How much of this is literally true matters little. The bottom line is she tied this virginal man to a bed, burned his clothes in the fireplace and insisted on him experiencing a forced honeymoon of his lusty dreams.
McKinney was promptly arrested and imprisoned in England and the tabloids had a field day of "He Said She Said.Read more ›
I don't want to say much more. You just need to watch it.
But I do need to at least pay respect to two of the greatest moments I've seen on film:
* In the 70th minute, we see home video that Joyce shot from her house. She pans the backyard with her camera 7 or 8 times, each time saying something like, "This shot, made on August 8, 1986, shows absolutely nothing."
* Joyce: "I don't see any connection at all between cloned puppies and a 32-y-o sex-in-chains story."
As far as I can tell, there are only two truly great filmmakers currently operating, only two filmmakers not just deserving but *requiring* your undivided attention: one is Werner Herzog and the other is Errol Morris.
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Seriously? I mean, seriously? I can't imagine for a second who thought this movie was even 2-star worthy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NoVa 4
After watching this documentary all I can think of is, "Huh." Joyce has the kind of life that truly is stranger than fiction. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bellingham Bookworm
What I thought would be just a sensationalistic story of a sensationalistic crime turned out to be thoroughly mesmerizing. My jaw dropped several times as I watched. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Johnny T. Townsend
HOW COULD I HAVE MISSED THIS STORY? I don’t mean the movie, I mean the actual story on which it is based! I was in my 20's when this began unfolding. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Karl Weaver
It's a story told by people from another time. The story is told about a sexual woman who is according to the men interviewed part of "the world of bondage. Read morePublished 10 months ago by anne jeffrey
There were two smaller documentaries inside this hash -- either one would probably have been better alone. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Allen Smalling
I saw this documentary on Netflix, and more I watched, the less I liked this woman. I found Joyce McKinney a ridiculously self-centered, narcissistic imbecile. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alric the Red