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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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YOU'RE SEEING IT FROM A FRONT ROW SEAT! The Musical That Held Broadway Spellbound! 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)
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Technical Specs

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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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Trivia

The background set was so realistic that some birds from outside flew into it. See more »

Goofs

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

Jeff Douglas: If there's *anything* I hate... it's *you*!
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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

Featured in MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Almost Like Being in Love
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Sung and Danced by Gene Kelly
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Surprisingly Enjoyable!
29 May 2000 | by Curly-27See all my reviews

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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