Synopsis: 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 t
Director(s): Errol Morris
Production: IFC Films
  4 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

"Once upon a time,

there was a little princess,

"the most beautiful

little princess in all the land.

"Her hair was long and blonde,

"and her eyes were as brown

as the dark waters of the river

"which ran by her castle.

"But the little princess

was unhappy,

"for she was lonely.

"Someday she would find

her kind, handsome prince,

"and he would sweep her up

on a big white horse,

"and he would take her away

and marry her,

and they would live

happily ever after."

Hi, I'm Joyce McKinney,

and that's from my pending book,

A Very Special Love Story.

First of all, were you

surprised to be put in prison?

I really didn't feel

I'd done anything wrong.

I still don't feel

I did anything wrong.

I would never do anything

to hurt Kirk Anderson

or slander him.

In fact, in my book...

my book is handled

in a very tender, nice fashion.

It's not a porno story

like these crazy newspapers

have tried to make it.

It's a love story, you know?

And, I mean, I would

never do anything to hurt him

or to cause him any harm at all.

And the way

that they threw me in prison

and tried to act like

I was some sort of criminal

and present this image over

was really what got to me.

My life started out in

a small town in North Carolina.

I was one of these girls

who was gonna meet, you know,

an all-American guy

and get married

and have a little

Leave It to Beaver house

with a white picket fence

and just have

a great little life.

Started dating

very late in life.

Didn't start dating

till I was, like, 17.

Was in an accelerated program

for kids with high IQs.

How high was your IQ?

I hadn't been

out in the world much

till I went to Utah.

You know,

I hadn't been around much.

But there were a lot of men

attracted to you?

Well, I guess so.

I don't know.

I'm not that vain

that I would say...

but I wasn't looking

for just any guy.

I wanted a special guy.

I wanted

a special guy.

And he had to have

certain qualities.

There are plenty

of guys out there,

but I wanted a special guy.

I met this professor,

and he said,

"Well, I've got these

perfect guys for you,

"and they're just your type,


"They don't smoke,

and they don't drink,

"and they're clean-cut,

"and you're just going

to love them.

And why don't you come over

to my house and meet them?"

They were Mormons.

They didn't tell me

what Mormonism was all about.

He didn't say,

"We're a group that believes

"that Jesus was a polygamist

and was married

to Mary Magdalene."

He didn't say,

"We believe that God lives

on a star named Kolob."

He didn't say,

"We believe that black people

were cursed with

the mark of Cain."

They made me think

they were a church.

They made me think

that they were family-oriented.

And so I was drawn to them,

as a young 19-year-old teenager,

like a moth to a flame.

I was just so happy

to go to this place

where I thought

that I would have my pick

of just all-American friends,

people, husband material,

I guess.

I had a Corvette, and I had

a big old English sheepdog

that loved to ride

in the Corvette.

And I had a good friend.

Her name was Marilyn Clark.

There wasn't anything

Marilyn didn't do:

Smoke, drink,

have sex with Hells Angels.

I mean, this was a wild child.

We were exact opposites.

She used to call me

"Holier-Than-Thou McKinney"

because I was so straight.

We would cruise

the pizza parlor,

and we decided to cruise down

by Frosty's ice cream parlor.

And I noticed

this really handsome guy

driving alongside me also

in a Corvette, white Corvette.

And he kind of looks around

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