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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.


Vincente Minnelli


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





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


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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Did You Know?


The highland backdrops were over 600 feet long, and 60 feet high, and cost $382,280. See more »


The lass who calls Jeff a "Winnin' lad" then kisses him, complains about the lack of single men in the village. The later wedding scene shows this claim to be ridiculous. Men far outnumber women in the wedding scene, and most are strapping young lads. The only possible counter-argument is that they are mostly married, but this would require them to have left their wives at home. This, also, would be ridiculous, as no woman would willingly stay at home for a wedding in a small village. See more »


Mr. Lundie: What happened in Brigadoon was a miracle, and most folks dinna believe in miracles. Miracles require faith, and faith seems to be as dead as...
Jeff Douglas: Mr. Forsythe?
Mr. Lundie: [glances at him] Aye.
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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 »


Referenced in Grumpier Old Men (1995) See more »


Once in the Highlands/Brigadoon/Down on MacConnachy Square
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Sung by Eddie Quillan, Villagers, and Offscreen M-G-M Chorus
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really bad !
1 June 2001 | by dorobertsSee all my reviews

I have to agree with all those viewers who had issues with this film - it is really a horrible version of a charming show! The idea of Gene Kelly isn't bad in itself- - he has the right kind of personality for Tommy. Even his voice, while not " up to it", is okay in terms of character- - Howard Keel would have been ALL WRONG ! But Kelly was a horrible choice for choreographer. So we are subjected to more of those Kelly-Charisse pas de deux which are totally inappropriate for the story line: too sophisticated!, and not enough of the folk dance-inspired numbers that DeMille did so successfully! In fact, the dancing was much of the success of the original production. Add to this the fake scenery ( complete with livestock ! ), the really bad 'fifties-looking costumes (by Sharaff, of all people, who should have done better ! )and the downplaying of all the character roles, and you're left with a Gene Kelly vehicle. As for Cyd, she is TOTALLY miscast ! Can't sing a note, therefore dubbed, and completely wrong personality. Even her looks are all wrong ! MGM was going into a really bad phase of musical producing ( viz " ShowBoat"), but this was one of the worst adaptations of what had been a great show !

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Release Date:

8 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brigadoon See more »


Box Office


$2,352,625 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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


Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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