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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

  • Drama
  • Music
  • 1954
  • Stanley Donen
  • 97 mins
  • U

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.

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Review

Rating: 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Adam PontipeeHoward Keel
MillyJane Powell
GideonRuss Tamblyn
BenjaminJeff Richards
FrankTommy Rall
DanielMarc Platt (1)
CalebMatt Mattox
EphraimJacques d'Amboise
Pete PerkinsHoward Petrie
LizaVirginia Gibson
Reverend ElcottIan Wolfe
DorcasJulie Newmar
Alice Nancy Kilgas

Crew

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DirectorStanley Donen

Details

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