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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 BIG BROADWAY HIT COMES DANCING AND ROMANCING TO THE SCREEN! 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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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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The long-horned cow was scary for Gene Kelly. For his scene with the animal, he ordered that it be blindfolded and chained to the floor. Plastic eyes were attached to the blindfold. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Mr. Lundie: [last lines; Tommy's love has re-awakened Brigadoon] Tommy lad, you! My, my! You must really love her. You woke me up.
[He gestures to Tommy]
Mr. Lundie: Come, lad.
[Tommy slowly crosses the bridge to Mr. Lundie, then looks about him, confused]
Mr. Lundie: You shouldna be too surprised. I told ye... if you love someone deeply enough, anything is possible.
[Tommy stares down the road towards Brigadoon]
Mr. Lundie: Even... *miracles*?
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The Chase
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Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Sung by men pursuing Hugh Laing
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When You Love Someone, Everything Is Possible, Even a Miracle
12 February 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The New Yorkers Tommy Albright (Gene Kelly) and Jeff Douglas (Van Johnson) travel in a hunting trip to the highlands of Scotland. Tommy and Jeff are best friends and Tommy is taking a break from his engagement with his fiancée Jane Ashton (Elaine Stewart).

Tommy and Jeff get lost on the hills and out of the blue, they see a small town that is out of the map. When they arrive in town, Tommy meets the local Fiona Campbell (Cyd Charisse) and they learn that the place is called Brigadoon. Further, it is the wedding day of her younger sister and they are invited to stay to the party. Meanwhile Tommy and Fiona fall in love with each other.

Later Tommy and the skeptical Jeff discover that a local preacher had prayed to God on the Eighteenth Century asking for a miracle to protect Brigadoon from witches that lived in Scotland. From that day on, when the locals go to sleep in the night, they wake up 100 years later. However, if a dweller leaves Brigadoon, the town and the citizens would all disappear forever. But an outsider could stay forever in Brigadoon provided he or she loves someone in the enchanted town.

"Brigadoon" is a fairy tale that combines "Lost Horizon" with "The Sleeping Beauty". The plot is silly and the songs are dated, but the romantic story and Cyd Charisse are delightful and the final message ("when you love someone, everything is possible, even a miracle") is very beautiful. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Lenda dos Beijos Perdidos" ("The Legend of the Lost Kisses")


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