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Brigadoon Details

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Reportedly, Vincente Minnelli turned down the opportunity to film Brigadoon on location in Scotland insisting that MGM's studio mockups looked more Scottish than the genuine article. This lavish adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe Broadway musical stars Gene Kelly as an American tourist who stumbles upon an enchanted Scottish village. Every 100 years, the people of Brigadoon awaken for a 24-hour period, then go back to sleep for another century while Brigadoon itself vanishes in the mists. Tommy Albright (Kelly) falls in love with village lass Fiona Campbell (Cyd Charisse) while his hard-drinking pal, Jeff Douglas (Van Johnson), dismisses the legend -- and indeed the existence of Brigadoon as a result of delirium. Fiona's betrothed Harry Beaton (Hugh Laing), upset by Kelly's intervention, threatens to leave Brigadoon -- an act that will spell doom for its residents. When this crisis has passed, Tommy is persuaded against his better judgment to escape Brigadoon himself and return to his own fiancée (Elaine Stewart) in New York. But the love between Tommy and Fiona results in a miraculous finale. Most of the Lerner-Loewe score remains intact, including the hit songs "Almost Like Being in Love," "Heather on the Hill," and "Come to Me Bend to Me." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 8, 1954

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Keogh Gleason Best Color Art Direction 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Irene Sharaff Best Color Costume Design 1954 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Joseph Ruttenberg Best Cinematography - Color 1954 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cedric Gibbons Best Color Art Direction 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edwin B. Willis Best Color Art Direction 1954 Nominee

Cast

Gene Kelly
as Tommy Albright
Van Johnson
as Jeff Douglas
Cyd Charisse
as Fiona Campbell
Elaine Stewart
as Jane Ashton
Barry Jones
as Mr. Lundie
Hugh Laing
as Harry Beaton
Albert Sharpe
as Andrew Campbell
Jimmy Thompson
as Charlie Crisholm Dalrymple
Tudor Owen
as Archie Beaton
Owen McGiveney
as Angus
Dee Turnell
as Ann
Dody Heath
as Meg Brockle
Eddie Quillan
as Sandy
Madge Blake
as Mrs. McIntosh
George Chakiris
as Dancer
Warren MacGregor
as Tinker
Stuart Whitman
as New York Club Patron
George Chakiris
as Dancer
Warren MacGregor
as Tinker
Madge Blake
as Mrs. McIntosh

Crew

Vincente Minnelli
Director
Arthur Freed
Producer
Alan Jay Lerner
Screenwriter
Joseph Ruttenberg
Cinematographer
Johnny Green
Musical Direction/Supervision
Alan Jay Lerner
Songwriter
Albert Akst
Editor
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Keogh Gleason
Set Designer
Irene Sharaff
Costume Designer
Bob Mackie
Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
Gene Kelly
Choreography
William J. Tuttle
Makeup
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