Sheriff Wes Clayton is a compassionate lawman and a Mormon bishop in a quiet Mormon community called Brigham. The tranquil town is shaken to the core when a woman from California is found murdered near her car. Clayton, his young deputy, the town's retired sheriff and his shrewd secretary work with an FBI agent sent to investigate. As a civil and spiritual leader in the frightened town, Clayton must serve both justice and mercy to uncover the town's deepest secrets, find the murderer and keep Brigham from ripping itself apart. Written by
Mary Jane Jones
When Wes orders the young men to go door by door in couples with pamphlets due the missing girl, there's a parallel on how, in LDS Church, the Aaronic Priesthood "prepares the way" to the Melquizedek Priesthood holders, who later go in couples door by door to search for evidence in every house. See more »
In the second Sunday's meetings, the hymn numbers posted on the sign in the background refer to those sung the previous week. See more »
When I read that the director casted himself in the lead, I thought, "well, boy, it seems the only way for you to get a role". I couldn't be more mistaken.
Script: Richard Dutcher - brilliant
Directing: Richard Dutcher - brilliant
Lead: Richard Dutcher - brilliant
Although the atmosphere of the movie is somewhat depressing, something I am usually not looking for, I was nothing but impressed.
Brigham City is a character driven thriller with nice twists and takes a very close look at religiously fundamentalist small town life in the U.S. Bottom line is, no matter how much you try to shield your whole-world-community from the hazards of the "outside world", you can't. The script has some nice twists and stays suspenseful until the murderer is finally discovered, but the real plot revolves around the sheriff and his world being turned upside down.
Unfortunately we have experienced something terrible and unexpected in our community, too, and it takes in fact some time until you are able to admit the truth - you just think you are in the wrong movie.
Dutcher takes you on an emotional ride with the sheriff to exactly that point.
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