One Man, Six Wives and 29 Children

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First produced in 1999, One Man, Six Wives and 29 Children tells the revealing and surreal story of a practicing polygamist who lives with his large brood in the middle of a Utah desert. The filmmakers document the family's daily existence, and probe the controversial aspects of the fundamentalist Mormon faith which define their way of life.

At 51 years of age, Tom Green is the patriarch of the family. He left The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints two decades earlier so he could indulge in multiple marriages, a practice which had long been forbidden by church officials. Green, who was convicted for his crimes in a court of law following the release of the film and released from prison on parole in 2007, comes across as a genial man who rationalizes his actions on the basis of impenetrable religious conviction.

His wives echo this sentiment. While they acknowledge the misgivings of the outside world, they feel their lifestyle reflects a sacred calling from God and one they've all aspired to from an early age. They don't view their shared husband as a pervert in any respect, and they all contend that they feel valued, supported and free to express their own individual personalities. The cameras fail to detect any semblance of jealousy or discord even when it's revealed that two of the wives are mother and daughter.

The children are home schooled, and some are the same age or older than one or more of their father's wives. This situation is further complicated when their father ponders taking a seventh wife who is also the romantic crush of one of his young sons.

During the course of the film, we gain insights into the family's bizarre living arrangements, sex lives, and the challenges of supporting such a large family on just over $36,000 a year. We also learn that Green and his family are not as unique as one may assume. At the time of the film's production, we are told there are more than 50,000 practitioners of illegal polygamy in the region.

Most viewers will likely greet the realities depicted in One Man, Six Wives and 29 Children with equal parts horror and fascination.

Directed by: Jane Treays

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17 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Mark FILBY

    Awesome and happy to be your mate forever and ever Amen Amen Amen Amen Amen Amen Amen

  2. Gail Mooney

    Very creepy.

  3. linda James

    Why hasn't this man been arrested for being a pedophile? How disgusting.

  4. D.Master

    I feel like I would cry watching this video. They all seem to be living such a happy and communal life. Lots of persons to give each other a hug. This man is so blessed. He has six wife mean while some men don't even have one.

  5. Max

    How in the world can such a story be beneficial to viewers. Sects have been around for thousands of years, we know that ...
    What is being celebrated here ? Power ? Submission ? Negation ? Ignorance ? Love ? Please stop.

  6. ruth wells

    in my view this is female abuse. these men should be in jail. i am surprised that these women are not children who he married since children are easy to brain wash . any person who thinks this a good healthy life , should do more reach on the topic.

  7. Hank Small

    I first thought it was the story Jacob Zuma, who is South Africa's president, who also has 6 wives (one divorced, one deceased), 29 known children, plus a few concubines with more children (unknown number). And he became President of South Africa!

  8. blaice

    Starts out with a delusional ginger kid talking about how he wants 12 wives.... This will be amusing. The equivalent of circus freaks in a rural AF area.

  9. Manuel Ferreira

    As usual "God's wish".

  10. Hannah M.

    I'm afraid to watch this, because of other films I've seen, I know the young wives are groomed since early childhood to take this crap, and the young men are turned out of the herd before rutting age, unprepared for life on the outside. The only thing I'm curious about at this point: Are we taxpayers paying for this unfortunate lifestyle.

  11. Belinda Frank

    I thought the women and children and Tom were happy and charming and beautiful. Too bad we have to but in to other peoples beliefs and try to force our's on them. Leave them alone.

  12. Tonation

    As Hannah mentioned, these young girls are groomed from childhood that it's totally normal for a man to have many wives but a woman only one husband. And interesting that these men marry young, naive teenagers who are supposedly "mature" enough to handle the lifestyle (I read it as ignorantly conditioned to not question it). I seem to remember a pedophile Catholic priest saying he didn't have sex with a child, she was a 16 year old "woman"! This sounds a lot like the same reasoning. Also, you don't support a family this large selling TV Guide subscriptions. Many of these polygamist wives go on public assistance as single mothers to get money from the state (taxpayers) to support their own children as well as the larger group. Then the father of the brood doesn't have to get a real job to support the entire group. At least old-school Muslims believe a man should have no more wives than he can properly support.

  13. Rose-marie Rhéaume-Gravelle Gaudet

    I really do not know how they do it.There is no way i would be able to share my husband.I honestly don't think its a religious thing, in my opinion this guy just likes little girls.This is not normal...disgusting.

  14. Mind-boggling

    After reading Utah's sexual offenses code I find it hard to believe this has not been prosecuted. "It's my religion" is not an excuse to violate teenagers or anyone. It worries me that this man may soon be 'bonking' his own children; and it's obvious he's raising the male children to believe they have this same entitlement. Making this legal for him also sets a precedent for legalizing it in the name of 'religion' for anyone else.

    Thanks to the videographers for bringing this to light. Unfortunately, they painted a picture of a peaceful 'happy' lifestyle. I would bet they will never see the trailer house improvements or the green grass that is being promised by da-da. And my god, taking teen wives to town to sell magazine subscriptions for a living? That's what they do for work? Geez what a mess!! I feel sorry for these brainwashed young ladies whose only ambition seems to be pooping out babies for this loser.

  15. Mack Niccolo

    i wonder what dad will think when he finds out 43:23 is a homosexual

  16. Mack Niccolo

    does it ever say anything about the fat devil working or having a job? i noticed alot of "were going to fix this soons" from the wives

  17. hind

    I admire how this family walks the talk and doesnt need your approval. To those who blindly criticize, can you say that about yourself? westerners worship mainstream nowadays.

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