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.
An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them.
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 <email@example.com>
The background set was so realistic that some birds from outside flew into it. 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 »
I have adored Gene Kelly ever since I saw Singin' in the Rain when I was about 10, but I had never seen Brigadoon until renting it a couple of days ago. Yes, the story is far-fetched--but somehow it works. Yes, the scenery looks like it is from a high school play, but I became too caught up in the story (yes, there IS a story) to care. In reading the other comments, I'm SO glad that the Keel/Grayson team wasn't used. Keel is too macho and gruff and Grayson is too sugary. I think Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse gave their characters the necessary gentility and earthiness. My only complaint is that I wish the director let the viewer linger with the closing scene for a few more seconds. It ends a little too abruptly and with a few unanswered questions about Van Johnson's character. Despite that, it was very enjoyable and even ponders some deep points, especially in the line "Sometimes things you have faith in become more real to you than the things you can see and touch." Watch it with a light heart and you won't be disappointed.
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