Seven Brides for Seven BrothersDirector: Stanley Donen
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Based extremely loosely on the Stephen Vincent Benet story Sobbin' Women, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is one of the best MGM musicals of the 1950s. Most of the story takes place on an Oregon ranch, maintained by Adam Pontabee (Howard Keel) and his six brothers, played by Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, Mark Platt, Matt Mattox, and Jacques d'Amboise (it is no coincidence that five of those six boys are played by professional dancers). When Adam brings home his new bride Milly (Jane Powell), she is appalled at the brothers' slovenliness and sets about turning these unwashed louts into immaculate gentlemen. During the boisterous barn-raising scene, the brothers get into a scuffle with a group of townsmen over the affection of six comely lasses: Virginia Gibson, Julie Newmeyer (later Newmar), Ruth Kilmonis (later Ruth Lee), Nancy Kilgas, Betty Carr, and Norma Doggett (yep, most of the girls are dancers, too). Yearning to become husbands like their big brother, they ask Adam for advice. Alas, he has been reading a book about the abduction of the Sabine Women (or, as he puts it, the Sobbin' Women); and, in order to claim their gals, Adam explains, the boys must kidnap them--which they do, after blocking off all avenues of escape. Vowing to remain on their best behavior, the boys make no untoward advances towards their reluctant female guests--not even during one of the coldest winters on record. Comes the spring thaw, the angry townsfolk come charging up the mountain, demanding the return of the stolen girls (who, by this time, have "tamed" their men). A happy ending is ultimately had by all in this delightful if politically incorrect concoction.
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- Warner Home Video
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- [Full Frame]
Cast & Crew
|Howard Keel||Adam Pontabee|
|Jeff Richards||Benjamin Pontabee|
|Russ Tamblyn||Gideon Pontabee|
|Tommy Rall||Frank Pontabee|
|Marc Platt||Daniel Pontabee|
|Jane Powell||Milly Pontabee|
|Matt Mattox||Caleb Pontabee|
|Howard Petrie||Pete Perkins|
|Jacques D'Amboise||Ephraim Pontabee|
|Ian Wolfe||Rev. Elcott|
|Matt Moore||Ruth's Uncle|
|Dick Rich||Dorcas' Father|
|Marjorie Wood||Mrs. Bixby|
|Russell Simpson||Mr. Bixby|
|Jarma Lewis||Lem's Girl Friend|
|Sheila James||Dorcas' Sister|
|I. Stanford Jolley||Father|
|Anna Q. Nilsson||Mrs. Elcott|
|Saul Chaplin||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Alexander Courage||Musical Arrangement|
|Gene de Paul||Songwriter|
|Adolph Deutsch||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Cedric Gibbons||Art Director|
|Hugh Hunt||Set Decoration/Design|
|Urie McCleary||Art Director|
|Walter Plunkett||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Edwin B. Willis||Set Decoration/Design|
1. Credits [1:41]
2. Wife Shopping [2:21]
3. Bless Yore Beautiful Hide [2:30]
4. Determined to Marry [4:36]
5. Echo Pass Elation [2:01]
6. Wonderful Wonderful Day [3:20]
7. Brothers From A to G [3:58]
8. Slopping the Hogs [2:25]
9. Milly's Terms [2:21]
10. When You're in Love [3:21]
11. Brothers Bare All [3:09]
12. Trouble in Town [1:52]
13. Goin' Co'tin [5:04]
14. Mannerly Men [2:11]
15. Bernraising Dance [6:34]
16. Barnraising Brawl [5:24]
17. Wounded [1:22]
18. Lonesome Polecat [2:47]
19. Sobbin' Women [5:17]
20. Creative Kidnapping [4:20]
21. Pursuit and Avalanche [2:56]
22. Can't Abide [3:46]
23. Poor Little Dears [3:51]
24. Cat Fight [3:14]
25. June Bride [2:33]
26. Spring, Spring, Spring [4:04]
27. Brotherly Baby Watch [2:37]
28. Open Pass, Open Heart [3:30]
29. Search and Rescue [3:20]
30. Shotgun Weddings [3:13]
31. Cast List [1:10]
Commentary by Stanley Donen
Donen Trailer Gallery
On the Town (1949)
Royal Wedding (1951)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Re-Release (1968)
It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
The Pajama Game (1957)
Damn Yankees! (1958)
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It is a Hollywood made musical. The songs are forgettable. The only thing enjoyable to watch is actually the dancing especially the men.
Growing up with movie made me appreciate the "underdog" and seeing it as an adult knowing my niece will grow up with it on dvd is awesome. The songs and the dancing were magical and now knowing that these kinds of movies don't get made with the same kind of story and feeling, it is worth it to watch it and watch it and watch it. =D
This is one of my favorite movies of all time its definatley on my top ten list, even though I'm only 14.
If you enjoy comedy, romance, and a quiet evening at home this is a must see.
This movie is not only a classic, but it's a movie that EVERYONE can enjoy! My mother showed this movie to me as a little girl and I plan on showing it to my little girls! The best part about it is the fact that no matter how many times you watch it, you'll always love it! Enjoy!
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was one of the best movies that I have seen in a long time I just want to watch it over and over again the dancing and songs were great as well as the guys and girls that played the parts of the Brides and Brothers I don't like many movies but this is one of my favorite thanks for making it
I loved this movie..it was exciting..I love musicals and all the awesome songs get stuck in your head and can sing them over and over...
Oh my god how I loved this movie it is so funny and yet so romantic.
I saw this movie for the first time when I was camping. It was a terrible day outside and we were in a camper watching the movie. I am also an Athletic Training student that often works with Dancers so the movie was especially interesting.
I have watched this movie over and over and I still love it. The dancing is incredible and the singing melts your heart away.
I LOVE THIS MOVIE, I HAVE WATCHED IT SO MANY TIMES. MY SON IS 20 AND MY DAUGHTER 19 AND WE ALL LOVE TO WATCH THIS MOVIE. MY SON GOT HIS GIRLFRIEND TO WATCH IT ALSO. IT IS SUCH A GREAT MOVIE,I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE!
I've been watching this movie only once and I can tell everybody that i really took to like it I really enjoyed this movie and I'm trying to get one on dvd so I recomended that great movie for everybody... Peace
This is the best movie! The acting and singing is so cute! I was brought up on this movie and have just bought the DVD to make sure I never lose it!
I am 16 and our school, just today did the play, ''Seven Brides, for Seven Brothers'' despite some bad acting, I thought the scheme, plot, and the whole setup of this wonderful movie, is outstanding. I just found out today as well, that we have the movie, which I have yet to see, so that going to be my next movie I see.
I just bought the dvd and I am glad I did. It reminds me of a simpler time. The characters make you wish you were apart of the action. I think the boys are cute.
I love this movie. I have probably seen this movie over 200 times. It is a great musical and great for the family.
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is one of the best musicals that were ever made. it has a terrific cast.
My dad took us to see this at an old theatre when I was a kid. I bought it on VHS and now I'm getting it for him on DVD. It is so great and classical and gives me such a great hope in working as a team!
My dad recently purchased this movie for me and my seven brothers. We all fell in love with it immediatly; it has a certain charm to it that makes you want to see it over and over again. Actually we've seen it so many times my 7 brothers have adopted the names of the 7 brothers from the movie! It is surely a movie for all ages; my father grew up on it and enjoys it still, while my two year old sister sits facinated by the dancing and singing displayed by the extremely capable cast. I highly recommend this musical to any viewer who enjoys a purely fine film!
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a delightful musical with excellent dancing. The story line is fun to watch. You never know what is going to happen next.
My husband and I fell in love with this movie the first time we saw it! It's wonderful and we've purchased it on DVD to have in our collection for our child who is on the way. I suggest it for any with a growing family. It's definately clean and child-friendly.
I absolutely love this movie! It is my favorite musical of all time! I've seen live versions, and though fun, they can't compare to the movie. Although there are glaring errors, particularly in the obviously fake sets, it just serves to make it more fun. Anyone who loves musicals should definately see this. Sobbin' Women and Lonesome Polecat are the best songs.
This is a story about 7 brothers living alone on their farm and their decision to find brides. Sounds kind of boring until you hear the music and watch the awesome dance sequences. Jane Powell and Howard Keel are the leads and both give superb vocal performances. But for me the dance sequences featuring the other 6 brothers are the most enjoyable and unforgettable parts of this film. The barn raising dance has become a classic and is shown frequently on retrospective type shows. But the choreography for the dance to "I'm a Lonesome Polecat" is fantastic. Even if you aren't a fan of old Hollywood musicals I think most people can find some enjoyment in watching this film.