Brigadoon 1954

Brigadoon

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Tommy Albright (Gene Kelly) and Jeff Douglas (Van Johnson), two American pals on a Scottish hunting trip, get lost in the woods and come upon the magical village of Brigadoon. Rising out of the Scottish mist only once every 100 years, and only for one day, Brigadoon is an enchanted place where life is simpler and easier, untouched by the worries of the modern world. When Tommy falls for beautiful villager Fiona Campbell (Cyd Charisse), he must decide whether to stay or to return to his life.

Cast & Crew

Gene Kelly
Tommy Albright
Van Johnson
Jeff Douglas
Cyd Charisse
Fiona Campbell
Barry Jones
Mr. Lundie
Hugh Laing
Harry Beaton
Albert Sharpe
Andrew Campbell
Virginia Bosler
Jean Campbell
Jimmy Thompson
Charlie Chisholm Dalrymple
Tudor Owen
Archie Beaton
Frederick Loewe
Original Music
Joseph Ruttenberg
Cinematographer
Albert Akst
Film Editor
E. Preston Ames
Art Direction
Frank Baur
Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Brigadoon

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Audience Reviews for Brigadoon

  • May 07, 2012
    There's a fabulous moment about three quarters of the way through this film when Kelly leaves the otherworldly hamlet of Brigadoon and returns to New York. Though the exact opposite is intended, this was for me the most magical moment of the movie. In my eyes, fifties New York is as much a place of fantasy as the title village and, given my non conservative leanings, one I'd much rather spend my life in. The short glimpse Minnelli gives us of this world is thrilling, like a technicolor "Sweet Smell Of Success", set in the sort of bar Roger O. Thornhill might have frequented. Personally speaking, a place like Brigadoon is my idea of hell, full of religious zealots who scorn anyone who suggests there may be a better life beyond it's walls. I'm on the side of Johnson, a man of logic who just wants to get back to civilisation pronto. Is the promise of a roll in the heather with Charisse really worth being stuck in this narrow minded backwater? Despite being released in 1954, this has more in common with the more bombastic musicals of the sixties, movies which were more concerned with squeezing as many extras into the frame than focusing on a dancer's ability. Kelly is too often mobbed by a pack of irritating bekilted Scotsmen when you wish they'd just clear off and let him do his thing. The movie pines for the intimacy of Minnelli's earlier musicals. "Almost like being in love" aside, the songs aren't particularly memorable and frequently employ a cheesy faux-Scots motif. Ignoring those grumbles, Minnelli really gives life to the movie and it's far easier on the eyes than the ears. His trademark color is really to the fore here, like an explosion in a Skittles factory. The sets look great, and the swirling mists make you wish Minnelli had tried his hand at the horror genre. Vincente Minnelli's "Dracula"? Yes please, perhaps he could terrorise the backward inhabitants of Brigadoon.
    The Movie W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2009
    Gene Kelly in typical fine form, his "Irish whiskey" voice hardly taxed by the Lerner and Loewe score, graceful, energetic, and self-assured as ever. Cyd Charisse looks and moves divinely. Fabulous sets.
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  • Dec 23, 2007
    Ugh, I thought I was going to like it! But something about Cyd Charisse is inherently aloof, that not even Gene Kelly's charm can melt her ice.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2007
    Its a wonderful romantic story with Gene Kelly!! Hehe
    Nikki M Super Reviewer

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