Reportedly, Vincente Minnelli turned down the opportunity to film Brigadoon on location in Scotland insisting that MGM's studio mockups looked more Scottish than the genuine article. This lavish adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe Broadway musical stars Gene Kelly as an American tourist who stumbles upon an enchanted Scottish village. Every 100 years, the people of Brigadoon awaken for a 24-hour period, then go back to sleep for another century while Brigadoon itself vanishes in the mists. Tommy Albright (Kelly) falls in love with village lass Fiona Campbell (Cyd Charisse) while his hard-drinking pal, Jeff Douglas (Van Johnson), dismisses the legend -- and indeed the existence of Brigadoon as a result of delirium. Fiona's betrothed Harry Beaton (Hugh Laing), upset by Kelly's intervention, threatens to leave Brigadoon -- an act that will spell doom for its residents. When this crisis has passed, Tommy is persuaded against his better judgment to escape Brigadoon himself and return to his own fiancée (Elaine Stewart) in New York. But the love between Tommy and Fiona results in a miraculous finale. Most of the Lerner-Loewe score remains intact, including the hit songs "Almost Like Being in Love," "Heather on the Hill," and "Come to Me Bend to Me."~Hal Erickson
This is my third copy, as I've managed to wear them out. As a big Cyd Charisse fan, far as I'm concerned, whatever she's in has got to be marvelous and believe me, Brigadoon fills that bill. The DVD jacket calls it “Lerner and Loewe's magical musical romance,” but what it doesn't mention is the sheer dumb luck of being in the right place at the right time. Two big city boys went to Scotland to hunt grouse, but those lucky birds were safe from them. Brigadoon, a historically inaccurate, but charming little village in the Scottish highlands was the setting for the main romance, another that was doomed from the start and a classical one sided romance that could end Brigadoon forever, but once again, sheer dumb luck (hic) played a big part. When Tommy and Fiona (Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse) kind of sort of met near the beginning, he asked why Brigadoon wasn't on the map, she replied, “fer good reason!” Ah could tell ye, but ah dinna want to ruin it fer ye. The vast majority of the show takes place in the Scottish highlands, with the minor exception of a short time in New York City, where Tommy has to make a command decision.