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Brigham City (2001)

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75

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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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

PG-13,

Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Richard Dutcher

Apr 30, 2002

Zion Films

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (7) | DVD (5)

A passable murder mystery.

November 1, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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The performances ... are impeccable.

May 4, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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In some ways it's an interesting failure.

May 4, 2001
New York Post
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An intriguing look at the Mormon Church wrapped around an equally engaging whodunit.

April 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Moviegoers of any (or no) religious persuasion can share in the simple satisfaction of [Dutcher's] tense, well-spun murder mystery.

April 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Mr. Showbiz
Mr. Showbiz
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Several scenes in this movie progress at a snail's pace.

April 13, 2001
Seattle Times
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I guess the big surprise for me was in how well the murder mystery was crafted and so smoothly intertwined with the film's religious trappings.

August 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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That the Sheriff investigating the case is a bishop in the Mormon Church is certainly unusual, if not unprecedented, in movies. That this low-budget independent film, with lots of religious overtones, happens to be a well-made film is also unusual.

October 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

...takes some inappropriate religious liberties, but still manages to be downright creepy and suspenseful.

August 22, 2002
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

An important spiritual statement--while at the same time proving that a movie can be dramatic without being profane, thought- provoking without being graphic, and moving without the typical Hollywood shock techniques.

July 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Filled with actors who deliver such flawless performances that you have to keep reminding yourself that they're just acting.

December 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Isn't a bad little thriller in its own right.

May 18, 2001
Fresno Bee

A tight and surprisingly effective murder mystery.

May 4, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The murder-mystery plot is compelling, though it only narrowly avoids being overshadowed by the religious overtones.

May 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Citysearch
Citysearch

[Dutcher] lets the pacing flag as the climax approaches, just as he should be cranking up the suspense.

April 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A good-faith effort, if not completely successful.

April 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Dutcher the director gets good performances from his largely local cast, which includes Dutcher the actor, who makes a very sympathetic lead.

April 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

More insightful, more impacting and more emotionally charged than God's Army.

April 10, 2001 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
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Audience Reviews for Brigham City

Moderately interesting, and the local appeal certainly doesn't hurt.
July 30, 2010
rjayhutchinson

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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.
February 9, 2013
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