Brigadoon (1954)

Passed  |   |  Fantasy, Musical, Romance  |  8 September 1954 (USA)
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Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past.



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Complete credited cast:
Jane Ashton
Albert Sharpe ...
Virginia Bosler ...
Jean Campbell
Jimmy Thompson ...
Tudor Owen ...
Archie Beaton
Owen McGiveney ...
Dee Turnell ...
Dodie Heath ...
Meg Brockie (as Dody Heath)
Eddie Quillan ...


Americans Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas, on a hunting vacation in Scotland, discover a quaint and beautiful village, Brigadoon. Strangely, the village is not on any map, and soon Tommy and Jeff find out why: Brigadoon is an enchanted place. It appears once every hundred years for one day, then disappears back into the mists of time, to wake up to its next day a century hence. When Tommy falls in love with Fiona, a girl of the village, he realizes that she can never be part of his life back in America. Can he be part of hers in Brigadoon? Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Release Date:

8 September 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Бригадун  »

Box Office


$2,352,625 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


As with The Robe (1953) and Oklahoma! (1955), two completely separate versions of this film were produced simultaneously, requiring separate takes. One version was in CinemaScope and the other had a 1.75:1 aspect ratio. See more »


The inhabitants of Brigadoon would have no way of knowing that a single person leaving the village would make them all disappear forever. It's highly illogical to believe that was part of the prayer that enchanted them, especially as that was not related by Mr. Lundie in his description of events. In fact, it's a very implausible part of the story, though it does add to the story line. One renegade could ruin it forever for the whole village, negating the entire miracle. And in a village of that apparent size (many dozens of people partaking in events), it's inevitable that someone would want to leave, as happened less than two days after the miracle, dooming the entire village instead of saving it. In fact, the 'leaving' rule runs contrary to the nature of the miracle, which is to save the entire village from outside influences, not inevitably doom it because of one foolish person. See more »


Mr. Lundie: [referring to Fiona] She's a dear lass.
Tommy Albright: I'm just beginning to find that out.
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Edited into American Masters: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002) See more »


Finale: Brigadoon
Sung by the M-G-M Chorus
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The beginning to my love of musicals as a genre
5 November 2003 | by (Music City USA) – See all my reviews

This combination of bonny Scotland, charming brogues, music, singing, dancing, unrequited love, fairy tales, and a rather supernatural "mist"-ique is irresistible. Given the dancing talents of Gene Kelly, the singing talents of most of the cast, the charm of Van Johnson, the down-home humor (especially in the character of "Meg Brockie"), and the suspense of the fleeing and hunted Harry Beaton, in the alluring and disappearing village of Brigadoon, not to mention the heartbreaking and even more suspenseful romance between the lovely Fiona in the centuries-old village and the modern-day charmer (Kelly) -- what is there not to like? Lerner and Loewe provided their magic yet again, and millions of movie-goers were caught up in their spell. I was in this musical in our college Spring musical (as the smitten, then mourning "Maggie Anderson," who secretly loves Harry Beaton -- a shy lad who, of course, loves a lass about to be wed instead!), when I came to love this story, and then this movie. It's a classic, and well worth the viewing time!

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