Brigham City (2001)



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In this dramatic murder mystery from the director of God's Army, Richard Dutcher -- who is also this film's writer, producer, and star -- plays Wes Clayton, a young deputy sheriff who resides in a quiet Mormon community called Brigham. The town is turned upside down when a woman from California is found murdered near her car. Wes, with the aid of his young deputy (Matthew A. Brown), the town's retired sheriff (Wilford Brimley), and an idealistic secretary (Carrie Morgan), is sent to investigate … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Dutcher
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 30, 2002
Zion Films



as Wes Clayton

as Meredith

as Ernie

as Carolyn Merrill

as Spencer

as Kathleen

as Sommers Girl No. 1

as B. Markham

as S. Markham

as Jenny Markham

as Georgia

as Singer

as Woman No. 1

as Woman No. 2

as Husband

as Boy No. 1

as Boy No. 2

as Priest No. 1

as Priest No. 2

as Townswoman

as Malachi

as Sommers Girl No. 2

as Sommers Girl No. 3

as Sommers Girl No. 1

as Markham Girl No. 2

as Red-Headed Girl

as Counselor

as Choirister

as Deacon

as Martha Sorenson

as Band Member

as Band Member

as Band Member

as Sexy Bar Maid No. 1

as Sexy Bar Maid No. 2

as News Reporter

as News Cameraman

as FBI Agent

as FBI Agent

as FBI Agent

as FBI Agent

as Investigator

as Investigator

as Investigator

as Investigator/Mom at ...

as Tract Home Searcher

as Tract Home Searcher

as Sara, Wes' Wife

as Richard, Wes' Son

as Cal. Woman

as Lisa Colvin
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Critic Reviews for Brigham City

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (10)

A passable murder mystery.

November 1, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The performances ... are impeccable.

Full Review… | May 4, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

In some ways it's an interesting failure.

May 4, 2001
New York Post
Top Critic

An intriguing look at the Mormon Church wrapped around an equally engaging whodunit.

Full Review… | April 26, 2001
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Moviegoers of any (or no) religious persuasion can share in the simple satisfaction of [Dutcher's] tense, well-spun murder mystery.

Full Review… | April 19, 2001
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Several scenes in this movie progress at a snail's pace.

April 13, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Brigham City


Moderately interesting, and the local appeal certainly doesn't hurt.

Jay Hutchinson

Super Reviewer

For the past decade, I've heard great things about Brigham City, but I've been very hesitant to see it. Aside from having a mostly unknown cast, the film was written, directed, produced, and starred Richard Dutcher, who created a production company called Mormon Cinema, which only makes Mormon related films. I have found that when a film comes from such a strong religious backing, that it usual has a preachy agenda, and tends to focus more on religion than anything else, but to my surprise, Brigham City does not. The film does takes place in a Mormon community, all the characters are Moron, and there is a religious angel to the film, that includes several scenes in the church, which were slow, but thankfully not overwhelming. The story centers around this small religious community in Utah, that is suddenly rocked by a series of murders. Dutcher, plays the sheriff, a highly respect, deeply religious man, grieving for the loss of his family. His town has always been a paradise and has never faced anything like this before, so the sheriff needs to come up with some pretty interesting ways to catch the killer. Dutcher was excellent in his role, after all he wrote it, and who else is better equipped to play such a role? What I really liked was how different the story was, this wasn't just your typical manhunt for a killer on the loose, there were many different facets to this film that made it unique. What gave Brigham City it's fourth star was the amazing twist at the end that no one will see coming. I've seen a lot of films like this and 9 times out of 10, I have the killer pegged before they are revealed, but this film complete blindsided me, which proves to be just another example of clever it is. Yes, there is some religion and yes much of the cast in unknown, but I found this film to be fascinating. Brigham City had me captivated and on the edge of my seat, but most important of all it made me think and managed to really surprise me.

Todd Smith

Super Reviewer


What is innocence? What is wisdom? What is virtue? It's the moral question at the heart of religion, and Dutcher is one of the few filmmakers ever to explore it so wisely. Probing, involving, and incredibly moving.

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