Brigadoon

Brigadoon

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Director: Vincente Minnelli

Cast: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse

     
 

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Reportedly, Vincente Minnelli turned down the opportunity to film Brigadoon on location in Scotland, insisting that MGM's studio mockups looked more Scottish than the genuine article. This lavish adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe Broadway musical stars Gene Kelly as an American tourist who stumbles upon an enchanted Scottish village. Every 100 years, the

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Reportedly, Vincente Minnelli turned down the opportunity to film Brigadoon on location in Scotland, insisting that MGM's studio mockups looked more Scottish than the genuine article. This lavish adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe Broadway musical stars Gene Kelly as an American tourist who stumbles upon an enchanted Scottish village. Every 100 years, the people of Brigadoon awaken for a 24-hour-period, then go back to sleep for another century, while Brigadoon itself vanishes in the mists. Kelly falls in love with village lass Cyd Charisse, while his hard-drinking pal Van Johnson dismisses the legend--and indeed the existence-of Brigadoon as a result of delirium tremens. Charisse's betrothed Hugh Laing, upset by Kelly's intervention, threatens to leave Brigadoon, an act that will spell doom for its residents. When this crisis has passed, Kelly is persuaded against his better judgment to escape Brigadoon himself and return to his own fiancee (Elaine Stewart) in New York. But the love between Kelly and Charisse results in a miraculous finale. Most of the Lerner-Loewe score remains intact, including the hit songs ""Almost Like Being in Love"," ""Heather on the Hill"," and ""Come to Me Bend to Me"."

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
By 1954, Hollywood's standard operating procedure toward Broadway musicals -- purchase the property and then discard most of the score -- had changed significantly. The studios had learned to be more respectful of stage musicals in the post-Oklahoma! era. Yet sometimes this respect seemed to stifle a director's creative juices somewhat, as witnessed by Vincente Minnelli and Brigadoon. Not that the film is in any way bad; it just isn't the emotional experience that it was on-stage and should have been on the silver screen. However, beyond the stiffness, there's a great deal to enjoy here. Gene Kelly is in typical fine form; if his self-described "Irish whiskey" voice is occasionally taxed by the fine Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe score, his dancing is as graceful, energetic, and self-assured as ever. Kelly also brings his familiar romantic sensuality to the proceedings, which his role definitely calls for. Cyd Charisse, arguably Kelly's best dancing partner, looks beautiful and moves divinely. When Kelly and Charisse are together for "The Heather on the Hill" and "Almost Like Being in Love," their body language convinces an audience that a man really might give up his entire world for a woman with whom he has spent less than 24 hours. Kelly's choreography, while not groundbreaking as Agnes DeMille's was for the play, is quite effective on its own terms. If Brigadoon is less than perfect, Minnelli, Lerner, and Loewe made up for it with their next joint project -- the classic Gigi.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/06/1998
UPC:
0027616683830
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
G
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Kelly Tommy Albright
Van Johnson Jeff Douglas
Cyd Charisse Fiona Campbell
Elaine Stewart Jane Ashton
Barry Jones Mr. Lundie
Hugh Laing Harry Beaton
Albert Sharpe Andrew Campbell
Virginia Bosier Jean Campbell
Jimmy Thompson Charlie Crisholm Dalrymple
Tudor Owen Archie Beaton
Owen McGiveney Angus
Dee Turnell Ann
Dody Heath Meg Brockle
Eddie Quillan Sandy
Madge Blake Mrs. McIntosh
George Chakiris Dancer
Warren MacGregor Tinker
Stuart Whitman New York Club Patron

Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
Albert Akst Editor
Preston Ames Art Director
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Johnny Green Musical Direction/Supervision
Gene Kelly Choreography
Alan Jay Lerner Songwriter,Screenwriter
Frederick Loewe Score Composer
Bob Mackie Costumes/Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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Brigadoon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorites! I'm usually not one for seeing a movie more than once, but this one I can see over & over. The bagpipe music just gets inside you and the dancing is dreamy and exhilerating. Just love Gene Kelly's dancing & the way he looks at a woman he loves...huba!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Brigadoon the play, but the Hollywood version leaves out several good songs to allow Gene Kelly more dancing time. This, in my opinion, detracts from the play more than it ads - especially since little of the dancing has a Scottish air.