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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers [VHS] (1954)

Jane Powell , Howard Keel , Stanley Donen  |  G |  VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (809 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall
  • Directors: Stanley Donen
  • Writers: Albert Hackett, Dorothy Kingsley, Frances Goodrich, Stephen Vincent Benet
  • Producers: Jack Cummings
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Digital Video Transfer, HiFi Sound, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • VHS Release Date: January 6, 1998
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (809 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792837606
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,794 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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103 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Musicals of All Time August 12, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My husband doesn't even like musicals, but he likes this one!

What could be better than singing by Howard Keel and Jane Powell? The music is great, the colors bright and vivid, the choreography wonderful.

To our modern eyes, the story of this 1954 musical seems a little outdated--the attitudes towards women are somewhat distasteful. Howard Keel's character, Adam, needs someone to clean and cook for his household of 6 wild brothers, so he just goes into town and "acquires" a wife, poor Millie (Jane Powell) who has no idea what is in store for her.

When the boys decide they need wives, they just go into town, kidnap a batch of girls, beat the girls' boyfriends insensible, and spend the winter snowbound with the girls who miraculously fall in love with them. OK, well then...

But, the charm of this musical somehow allows us to overlook all of this, and Millie's sheer spunkiness in trying to tame these wild men redeems them somehow. So everyone learns his lesson and all ends well.

This musical is also interesting in that it showcases several young talents who became better known in later years: The character of Dorcas is played by Julie Newmeyer (a young Julie Newmar, Catwoman in the TV series Batman in later years), Russ Tamblyn (future star of West Side Story), and Ruta Kilmonis (later semi-celebrity Ruta Lee). Even in this very early outing, Julie Newmar's distinctive voice and looks make her stand out.

The director, Stanley Donen, directed some of the best musicals in the 50s, including Damn Yankees, Singing in the Rain, Kismet (uncredited), and Royal Wedding. Inexplicably, in his later career, he directed such bombs as Saturn 3 (1980).
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Singin' & dancin' & sobbin' May 27, 2001
By Edward
Format:VHS Tape
A "sleeper" when it was released in 1954, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" is still one of the freshest musicals ever made. With a pretty, spirited score by Gene de Paul and Johnny Mercer and rambunctious but carefully-controlled choreography by Michael Kidd, this modestly-budgeted movie surprised everyone by becoming an enormous hit, even being nominated for Best Picture. Based on a short story by Stephen Vncent Benet called "Sobbin' Women" (which was the film's working title), it tells the story of a frontier woman Millie (Jane Powell) courted by a backwoodsman Adam (Howard Keel). He takes her off to his rustic home, neglecting to tell her he has six untamed brothers to care for. Undaunted, Millie sets about domesticating the household, complete with readings from classical history, including the story of the Sabine women, which the boys take to heart. The musical was filmed in AnscoColor and CinemaScope, and the wide screen is utilized to great effect, especially in the barn-raising sequence. Letter-box is mandatory. DePaul and Mercer wrote some effective songs ("Wonderful Day", "When You're in Love", "Sobbin' Women") and the numbers blend into the story perfectly under Stanley Donen's smooth direction. Dresden-doll coloratura Powell and strapping baritone Keel make such an attractive couple it's odd M~G~M never co-starred them again. (Evidently a musical version of "Robin Hood" never got past the drawing board.) The brothers include New York City Ballet star Jacques d'Amboise and a non-dancer, the mysterious Jeff Richards, who may have been the handsomest man ever to appear on the screen, Rock Hudson notwithstanding. Among the brides is Julie Newmar, who a couple of seasons later would stupefy Broadway in "Li'l Abner".Bright and pleasantly aggressive, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" is right up there with Metro's best musicals.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a "Wonderful Wonderful Day" for SEVEN BRIDES.. fans! September 14, 2005
Format:DVD
Excellent new `Special Edition' of the musical masterpiece SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, featuring both versions of the film plus a generous array of extras.

Set against the backdrop of settlement-era Oregon, the story concerns Adam Pontipee (Howard Keel) who takes a wife in Milly (Jane Powell) before delivering her to his mountaintop ranch. The honeymoon comes to an abrupt end when Milly learns she must also keep house for Adam's six unruly - and uncouth - brothers! But after Milly teaches them the finer points of "Goin' Courtin'" they go and and find brides of their own...with diastrous, hilarious and heartwarming results.

The cast is simply amazing. Among the `Brothers' are Russ Tamblyn, Broadway dancer Marc Platt, New York City Ballet star Jacques d'Amboise and KISS ME KATE's Tommy Rall. The `Brides' include Broadway's Virginia Gibson, B-movie beauty Ruta Lee (in her film debut) and future `Catwoman' Julie Newmar.

The score has become one of the most beloved ever written and elevates the on-screen story into the high heavens. Gene DePaul and Johnny Mercer's flavoursome tunestack includes Milly's jubilant "Wonderful Wonderful Day"; her moonlight aria "When You're in Love" and the soaring "June Bride" with the girls dancing in corsets and bloomers. Adam isn't overlooked music-wise, his numbers include "Bless Yore Beautiful Hide", the syncopated and irresistible "Sobbin' Women" and the brothers' plaintive "Lonesome Polecat". Choreographer Michael Kidd's routines in this film are among his all-time best, including what many consider his Magnum Opus, the showstopping "Barn Raising Ballet". With so many talented dancers among the `Brothers' and `Brides', it's no wonder that this film is so rich in musical numbers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Mass Kidnapping set to Music! What's not to Love?
A classic musical tale of the kidnapping of 6 women by 7 men. Young psychology students in the audience will no doubt enjoy seeing the "Stockholm Syndrome" in action.
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Who doesn't love a classic. Wonderful singing and dancing!!
Published 5 days ago by C Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Music and acting awesome
Loved it! Music and acting awesome. Storyline was simple and had some pretty funny moments.
Published 8 days ago by Sharon W Grgich
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoy this movie and a decent price.
Published 8 days ago by MFish
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
fast shipping. Great movie.
Published 10 days ago by Sarah Luders
1.0 out of 5 stars Not complete -- quite a bit was left out. ...
Not complete -- quite a bit was left out. If it isn't a complete movie, I think you should say so.
Published 11 days ago by Ms. jc
5.0 out of 5 stars Bless Your Beautiful Hide - A Great Movie!!!
Gotta love the songs, plot and brothers! I have had a crush on them for years - and now - my girls do. lol So worth the watch. Wish they made more good clean movies like this!
Published 15 days ago by ghonda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My #1 favorite musical!
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Looks to be the 2000 version 1:77 or 2.35 letter boxed. To display full screen on a 16:9 you have to change settings on TV and DVD player to display full. 2004 version (2 disks) both 1:77 & 2.35 and will play full to 16:9 automatically (Enhanced). There were 2 versions on release, CinemaScope and... Read More
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