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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 unwashed louts into immaculate gentlemen. During the boisterous barn-raising scene, the brothers get into a scuffle with a group of townsmen over the affection of six comely lasses: Virginia Gibson, Julie Newmeyer (later Newmar), Ruth Kilmonis (later Ruth Lee), Nancy Kilgas, Betty Carr, and Norma Doggett (yep, most of the girls are dancers, too). Yearning to become husbands like their big brother, they ask Adam for advice. Alas, he has been reading a book about the abduction of the Sabine Women (or, as he puts it, the Sobbin' Women); and, in order to claim their gals, Adam explains, the boys must kidnap them--which they do, after blocking off all avenues of escape. Vowing to remain on their best behavior, the boys make no untoward advances towards their reluctant female guests--not even during one of the coldest winters on record. Comes the spring thaw, the angry townsfolk come charging up the mountain, demanding the return of the stolen girls (who, by this time, have "tamed" their men). A happy ending is ultimately had by all in this delightful if politically incorrect concoction. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide.
All-new digital transfer (16 x 9, 2.55:1), Soundtrack newly remastered for Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary by director Stanley Donen, Donen musicals trailer gallery, Subtitles: English, French, & SpanishRarely screened alternate widescreen version in flat (1.77:1) aspect ratio (16 x 9), Behind-the-scenes documentary "Sobbin' Women: The Making of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," hosted by Howard Keel and updated with new interviews of Jane Powell and Jacques D'Amboise, New York premiere and MGM 30th-anniverary celebration newsreels, Vintage short "MGM Jubilee Overture".
|Starring:||Howard Petrie, Lois Hall, Terry Wilson, Anna Q. Nilsson, Tim Graham, Russ Tamblyn, Julie Newmar, Virginia Gibson, Russell Simpson, Matt Moore, Betty Carr, Russell Saunders, Matt Mattox, Kelly Brown, Dante DiPaolo, Jeff Richards, Jarma Lewis, Larry Blake, Walter Beaver, Phil Rich, Ruta Lee, George Robotham, Dick Rich, Nancy Kilgas, Jacques D'Amboise, Tommy Rall, Howard Keel, Earl Barton, Jane Powell, I. Stanford Jolley, Marjorie Wood, Marc Platt, Sheila James, Ian Wolfe|
|Studio Name:||Warner Home Video|
|DVD Release Date:||10/12/2004|
|Run Time (in minutes):||102 minutes|
|Audio Tracks:||AC, Dolby Digital Mono|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.25|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||7.8 x 7.8 x 7.8|
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