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Brigadoon (1954)

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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.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay), Alan Jay Lerner (musical)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Albert Sharpe ... Andrew Campbell
Virginia Bosler Virginia Bosler ... Jean Campbell
Jimmy Thompson Jimmy Thompson ... Charlie Chisholm Dalrymple
Tudor Owen ... Archie Beaton
Owen McGiveney ... Angus
Dee Turnell ... Ann
Dodie Heath Dodie Heath ... Meg Brockie (as Dody Heath)
Eddie Quillan ... Sandy
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Storyline

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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The Musical Hit that Tops Them All! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Бригадун See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,352,625 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,982,000, 31 December 1954

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,275,000, 31 December 1954
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo | Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

MGM siphoned money intended for "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers" thinking that "Brigadoon" would be the big hit of the year. However, Brigadoon did not even break even in the United States, while "Seven Brides" was a big box office hit. See more »

Goofs

For only being enchanted for a period of less than two days (the day of the movie being only their second day awake since the enchantment), by their own time line, the villagers have developed a rather implausibly complex set of customs and beliefs related to their enchantment. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Lundie: Two hundred years ago, the highlands of Scotland were plagued with witches, wicked sorcerers that were taking the Scottish people away from the teachings of God and putting the Devil into their souls. They were indeed horrible destructive women. I dinna suppose you have such women in your country?
Tommy Albright: Witches?
Jeff Douglas: Oh we have 'em. We pronounce it differently.
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Alternate Versions

A 1.75:1 wide screen version was filmed simultaneously with the 2.55:1 CinemaScope version. It is comprised of alternate takes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Love at the Christmas Table (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Chase
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Sung by men pursuing Hugh Laing
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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. What a Waste.
7 October 2007 | by RiffRaffMcKinleySee all my reviews

"Brigadoon" is really one of the best musicals ever made, a stunning blend of remarkable music with an unbeatable story. This movie *had* to be popular at some point-- what ever happened?! Nobody even knows it exists anymore! Wait a minute... this is sounding very familiar. Lerner and Loewe's disappearing-village fable expertly combines the mysticism of the Scottish Highlands with the unbreakable dancing chops of Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. It is an explosion of sound, color, and (a tolerable level of) emotion. And as a Scotsman, something makes me connect to the blaring bagpipes and the fantastically well-done accents, not to mention the glorious costumes and phenomenal sets. This is the movie musical as it was originally intended, a fascinating mixture of tunes and story, of fantasy and realism, of words and the things better left unsaid. This is a lambasted masterpiece and deserves recognition for what it is: very near to the perfection many better-known copycats claim is their own (I'm talking to you, "Sound of Music" and "West Side Story").


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