Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Stanley Donen (1954)

97min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Rightly a sensational commercial success in its day, especially in Britain, this joyous romp remains one of the freshest and most satisfying of movie musicals. A screen original, based on Stephen Vincent Benet's verse play updating The Rape of the Sabine Women ("Tell ya 'bout them sobbin' women... "), it was fashioned by director Stanley Donen and choreographer Michael Kidd into an exciting, heart-warming and technically accomplished (though perhaps a shade politically incorrect) film. The central barn dance is magnificent, and the early use of CinemaScope is as exquisite as the beautifully stylised MGM interiors. Although generally cleverly cast, the movie gains strength from the two leading performances, and, as Adam Pontipee and Milly, Howard Keel and Jane Powell could not be bettered; Keel, in particular, brings variety to what could have been a boorish role.

Summary

A cowboy from a large backwoods family decides to get married, prompting his six hellraising brothers to follow suit. However, unfamiliar with the ways of love, they think the best way to get hitched is to kidnap their prospective brides. Musical Western, directed by Stanley Donen, starring Howard Keel, Jane Powell, Jeff Richards and Julie Newmar.

Cast & Crew

Adam Pontipee Howard Keel
Milly Jane Powell
Gideon Russ Tamblyn
Benjamin Jeff Richards
Frank Tommy Rall
Daniel Marc Platt
Caleb Matt Mattox
Ephraim Jacques d'Amboise
Pete Perkins Howard Petrie
Liza Virginia Gibson
Reverend Elcott Ian Wolfe
Dorcas Julie Newmar
Alice Nancy Kilgas
Director Stanley Donen
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Available on: Available on video and DVD

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