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Brigadoon (1954)

Passed   |    |  Fantasy, Musical, Romance

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Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past.

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  • Gene Kelly in Brigadoon (1954)
  • Gene Kelly and Hugh Laing in Brigadoon (1954)
  • Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse in Brigadoon (1954)
  • Gene Kelly and Vincent Minelli on the set of "Brigadoon," MGM 1954.
  • Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse in Brigadoon (1954)
  • Cyd Charisse and Iain Murray in Brigadoon (1954)

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17 April 1999 | harry-76
| Charming Musical
It is said that both Gene Kelly and Vincent Minnelli were disappointed that MGM finances prevented then from filming "Brigadoon" abroad in more "natural settings." However, the beautiful studio sets to my mind work just fine for the whimsical fantasy being told. It is true that the basic idea of the story is a bit far-fetched, but then that's what fairy tales are all about. If one goes with the plot's broad premise, one can sit back and enjoy a charming Lerner-Loewe score, lovely studio settings and backdrops, pleasant choreography, and fine dancing, highlighted by Kelly's and Cyd Charisse's memorable "Heather on the Hill."

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Did You Know?


Four of the show's musical numbers--"Come to Me, Bend to Me", "There But For You Go I", "From This Day On", and "The Sword Dance"--were filmed and/or recorded but eliminated before the film's release. The sound and picture for three of them are included as extras on the Warner DVD release, but only the audio for "There But For You Go I" has been included.


Andrew Campbell: You'll never find peace by hating, lad. It only shuts ye off more from the world. And this town is only a cursed place, if ye make it so. To the rest of us, 'tis a blessed place!


The inhabitants of Brigadoon would have no way of knowing that a single person leaving the village would make them all disappear forever. It's highly illogical to believe that was part of the prayer that enchanted them, especially as that was not related by Mr. Lundie in his description of events. In fact, it's a very implausible part of the story, though it does add to the story line. One renegade could ruin it forever for the whole village, negating the entire miracle. And in a village of that apparent size (many dozens of people partaking in events), it's inevitable that someone would want to leave, as happened less than two days after the miracle, dooming the entire village instead of saving it. In fact, the 'leaving' rule runs contrary to the nature of the miracle, which is to save the entire village from outside influences, not inevitably doom it because of one foolish person.

Alternate Versions

A 1.75:1 wide screen version was filmed simultaneously with the 2.55:1 CinemaScope version. It is comprised of alternate takes.


Finale: Brigadoon
Sung by the M-G-M Chorus


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Fantasy | Musical | Romance

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