Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

directed by Stanley Donen
Category: "Musical"
Year of Release:1954
Date Added:12/14/2007
Date Watched:05/11/2005
Description:Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home. Only then does Milly discover he has six brothers — all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers' loneliness ... kidnap the women they want!
My Rating:5

Reviews for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Review - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

A really lame musical. Adam Pontipee lives in the mountains with his six younger brothers. Their house is a mess. Adam determines to get married so his wife can take care of them all. He goes into town and returns with Milly, who loves him at first sight. She’s taken back by the sight of his rough, dirty brothers, but she soon gets them cleaned up, shaved and acting civilized.

When they all go into town for a barn-raising, the brothers fall in love with local girls. Back on the ranch, they begin to feel lonely. Adam takes them into town where they kidnap the girls and bring them back. An avalanche blocks the pass so the townfolk can come out to rescue the girls, and by the time the pass opens, the girls are in love with the brothers and want to stay. But meanwhile, Milly has found out how Adam feels about her and kicks him out of the house. He goes off and stays in a cabin. Milly has a daughter. Adam returns to the ranch in the spring and tells Milly he loves her.

The townfolk come out with guns to rescue the girls. The parson hears Milly’s baby and asks the girls whose baby it is. All six of them say it’s theirs, so the fathers enforce a six-way shotgun wedding, just what the girls and the brothers all wanted. In spite of the fact that there was only one baby.

This movie managed to be silly and disturbing at the same time. The oddest part was the song-and-dance number about the Roman’s rape of the Sabine women. It just didn’t strike me as a topic for a comedy dance number. I didn’t really care for any of the songs and can’t recall ever hearing any of them before. The acting and dancing was fine, but didn’t thrill me. In short, it was hard to understand why it’s hung around for 50 years.
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