Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
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Based extremely loosely on the Stephen Vincent Benet story Sobbin' Women," Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is one of the best MGM musicals of the 1950s. Most of the story takes place on an Oregon ranch, maintained by Adam Pontabee (Howard Keel) and his six brothers, played by Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, Mark Platt, Matt Mattox, and Jacques d'Amboise (it is no coincidence that five of those six boys are played by professional dancers). When Adam brings home his new bride Milly (Jane Powell), she is appalled at the brothers' slovenliness and sets about turning these… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"A profoundly sexist and eminently hummable 1954 CinemaScope musical with some terrific athletic Michael Kidd choreography and some better-than-average direction by Stanley Donen."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Although the powers at M-G-M are deviating from the normal song-and-dance extravaganza in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, it is a gamble that is paying rich rewards."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"Donen's manipulation of spinning torsos and piston-pumping knees across Cinemascope sprawls is inventive everywhere"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The songs are knowingly corny and catchy as hell, the dancing is (quite rightly) renowned, the story is ludicrously sexist, and the whole film is just exceedingly watchable."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"A magical blend of the right story, a great score, and the astonishing choreography of Michael Kidd."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This is a happy, hand-clapping, foot-stomping country type of musical with all the slickness of a Broadway show."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The songs are not classic and the cast is exuberant rather than charismatic, but Kidd's energetic choreography triumphs."
‑ , Film4
"Corny as heck."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...a big, brawling, rollicking movie that, old-fashioned or not, helped to open up the movie musical to widescreen singing and dancing."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Can anyone explain the appeal of this to me?"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This rather archly symmetrical movie musical is best seen as a dance-fest, with Michael Kidd's acrobatic, pas d'action choreography well complemented by ex-choreographer Donen's camera."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"Thrillingly energetic dances on film."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Written directly for ther screen, MGM's popular musical benefits immensely from Stanley Donen's deft direction, Michael Kidd's dynamic choreography, and Adolph Deutsch and Saul Chaplin's Oscar-winning score."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"one of the greatest musicals, if not movies, of all time"
‑ Pete Croatto,
"Accompanying the exhilarating dancing is a fine set of songs, sung with panache, that are memorable for days afterwards."
‑ Almar Haflidason,
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