Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

  • U
  • Stanley Donen (1954)
  • US
  • 97 min
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Musical starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell. When a young Oregon rancher brings his new wife back home, she is horrified to discover that she has to look after his six unruly brothers. Eventually the boys realise that what they need are wives of their own.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Stanley Donen

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U
Distributor:
Warner Home Video Ltd
Categories
Music
Drama