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Brigham City (2001)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 30 March 2001 (USA)
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The sheriff of a small Utah community searches for a serial killer.


Richard Dutcher


Richard Dutcher
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dutcher ... Sheriff
Matthew A. Brown ... Terry
Wilford Brimley ... Stu
Carrie Morgan Carrie Morgan ... Peg
Jongiorgi Enos Jongiorgi Enos ... Ed Gray
Tayva Patch Tayva Patch ... Meredith
Jeff Johnson ... Garcia
Wendy Hoop Wendy Hoop ... April (as Wendy Gardiner)
Sterling Brimley Sterling Brimley ... Glen
Richard J. Clifford Richard J. Clifford ... Steve the photographer
Frank Gerrish ... Ralph
Janice Power Janice Power ... Evelyn
Rick Macy ... Ernie
Jerry North Jerry North ... Ivan
Jack North Jack North ... Max


Sheriff Wes Clayton is a compassionate lawman and a Mormon bishop in a quiet Mormon community called Brigham. The tranquil town is shaken to the core when a woman from California is found murdered near her car. Clayton, his young deputy, the town's retired sheriff and his shrewd secretary work with an FBI agent sent to investigate. As a civil and spiritual leader in the frightened town, Clayton must serve both justice and mercy to uncover the town's deepest secrets, find the murderer and keep Brigham from ripping itself apart. Written by Mary Jane Jones

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Nothing attracts a Serpent like a paradise.


Crime | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic material | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Although there is an actual place in northern Utah called Brigham City, the Brigham City depicted in the film is fictional. See more »


In the second Sunday's meetings, the hymn numbers posted on the sign in the background refer to those sung the previous week. See more »


Sheriff Clayton: Don't call me Bishop. Right now I have to care about the people in this town a lote more than I care about you.
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Referenced in In the Service of God (2003) See more »


Banjo Boy
Written by Ryan Shupe
Performed by Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband
Copyright ©1999 Ryan Shupe (BMI)
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27 December 2005 | by dafaliasSee all my reviews

When I read that the director casted himself in the lead, I thought, "well, boy, it seems the only way for you to get a role". I couldn't be more mistaken.

Script: Richard Dutcher - brilliant

Directing: Richard Dutcher - brilliant

Lead: Richard Dutcher - brilliant

Although the atmosphere of the movie is somewhat depressing, something I am usually not looking for, I was nothing but impressed.

Brigham City is a character driven thriller with nice twists and takes a very close look at religiously fundamentalist small town life in the U.S. Bottom line is, no matter how much you try to shield your whole-world-community from the hazards of the "outside world", you can't. The script has some nice twists and stays suspenseful until the murderer is finally discovered, but the real plot revolves around the sheriff and his world being turned upside down.

Unfortunately we have experienced something terrible and unexpected in our community, too, and it takes in fact some time until you are able to admit the truth - you just think you are in the wrong movie.

Dutcher takes you on an emotional ride with the sheriff to exactly that point.

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Release Date:

30 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brigham City See more »

Filming Locations:

Mapleton, Utah, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$103,629, 8 April 2001

Gross USA:


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Zion Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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