Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)




Critic Consensus: Buoyed by crowd-pleasing tunes and charming performances, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers makes a successful transition from Broadway to screen that's sure to please the whole family.

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Based extremely loosely on the Stephen Vincent Benet story Sobbin' Women," Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is one of the best MGM musicals of the 1950s. Most of the story takes place on an Oregon ranch, maintained by Adam Pontabee (Howard Keel) and his six brothers, played by Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, Mark Platt, Matt Mattox, and Jacques d'Amboise (it is no coincidence that five of those six boys are played by professional dancers). When Adam brings home his new bride Milly (Jane … More

Rating: G
Genre: Western, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen Vincent Benét, Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Dorothy Kingsley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 1999
MGM Home Entertainment


as Milly

as Benjamin

as Gideon

as Dorcas

as Ruth

as Daniel

as Sarah

as Pete Perkins

as Rev. Elcott

as Ruth's Uncle

as Dorcas' Father

as Mrs. Bixby

as Mr. Bixby

as Mrs. Elcott

as Prospector

as Lem's Girl Friend

as Dorcas' Sister

as Father
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Critic Reviews for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

A profoundly sexist and eminently hummable 1954 CinemaScope musical with some terrific athletic Michael Kidd choreography and some better-than-average direction by Stanley Donen.

Full Review… | April 9, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is a happy, hand-clapping, foot-stomping country type of musical with all the slickness of a Broadway show.

Full Review… | May 16, 2008
Top Critic

This rather archly symmetrical movie musical is best seen as a dance-fest, with Michael Kidd's acrobatic, pas d'action choreography well complemented by ex-choreographer Donen's camera.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Although the powers at M-G-M are deviating from the normal song-and-dance extravaganza in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, it is a gamble that is paying rich rewards.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The songs are not classic and the cast is exuberant rather than charismatic, but Kidd's energetic choreography triumphs.

Full Review… | April 9, 2012

Thrillingly energetic dances on film.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

It's great to watch this after so many years, this film is a remindeer to me that my obsession for films started very young and I would watch the same three scenes in this film every day as a kid.

A musical with a love theme, yet perhaps not in it's traditional sense. The film does look dated now but still highly successful as a stage show. Some great songs (and a few less enjoyable ones too), along with some fun rivalry. An early performance from Russ Tamblin, but most noteable performances for this film of course, were Howard Keel and Jane Powell

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


People often think of the 1950s as just a repressed and conservative time in America, overlooking the fact that people were also quite odd and strange back then (watch a few episodes of the old Superman television series if you want further proof). Film-wise, the fifties were the heyday of both the western and the musical, so it's no surpise when someone decided to combine the two. Okay, so Seven Brides for Seven Brothers isn't your typical western, but even though there's no gunfighting in the streets, it embodies the western spirit of the old west pioneers. The fun and frolic begins when a bunch of farmer brothers decides to take themselves some wife-womenfolk type thinga-mabobs. With the help of eldest brother Adam's good young wife, the other brothers learn a little about manners and how to woo the ladies without offering them chaws of tobaccey. The music may not be all that memorable, but the great performances make up for that. It's alot of corny fun from the oddball fifties.

Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer


It's certainly not the best musical around, but it does have some charm.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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