Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (DVD)

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Vintage MGM musical starring Howard Keel as Adam Pontabee, a recently married rancher who brings his bride Milly (Jane Powell) back to live on the ranch with him and his six unruly brothers. Shocked at their bad manners, Milly begins to coach the boys in the ways of polite society and accidentally gives them the idea of kidnapping six eligible young ladies for the purposes of marriage. Includes the songs 'Bless Your Beautiful Hide' and 'Lonesome Polecat'.

Product Details

Barcode
7321900650656
Department
Movies & TV
Released
23 Apr 2001
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Musicals
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Secondary Languages
French, Italian
Studio
Warner Bros. Home Ent.
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Runtime
98 min
Age Restriction
U
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Release Year
1954
Running Time
102 min
Language
English
Categories
Musical & Performing Arts / Musicals / Dancing / Essential Cinema / Romance / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
In the Oregon Territory, mountain man Adam Pontipee (Howard Keel, acting and singing with gusto) comes to town to sell his crops and woo a woman to be his wife, succeeding with spirited Milly (Jane Powell), who is tired of feeding and waiting on so many men at the local inn. Her dreams of keeping house for just one man are shattered when she discovers that Adam shares his pigsty cabin with six brawling brothers. Milly's good cooking and stubborn nature whip the young men into shape and inspire them to seek women of their own. But after a disastrous barn raising during which the brothers snare the attention of the town girls only to be taunted into fighting with the town men, Adam suggests his brothers forget gentle methods of love and follow the actions of the Roman with the Sabine ("Sobbin'") women. The kidnapping of their six sweethearts spurs Milly to throw the men out of the house, but enforced proximity caused by winter and the brothers' good intentions just might help love bloom again.
Notes
The film's plot is based on Vincent Benet's story "Sobbin' Women," which itself is derived from the Greek myth of the rape of the Sabines.
Cast & Crew
Director
Stanley Donen
Star
Virginia Gibson / Howard Keel / Howard Petrie / Marc Platt / Jane Powell / Jeff Richards / Russ Tamblyn / Ian Wolfe
Screenwriter
Albert Hackett
Composer
Adolph Deutsch
Producer
Jack Cummings
Editor
Ralph E. Winters
Production Designer
Cedric Gibbons
Cinematographer
George J. Folsey
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"[With a] magnificent barn-raising dance..."
Steve Daly (15 Oct 2004, p.59)
Sight and Sound
"...[A] rambunctious paean to the Oregon prairies of the 1850s..."
Danny Leigh (1 Jun 2001, p.62)

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Winner: 1954 - Saul Chaplin
Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Winner: 1954 - Adolph Deutsch