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||IMDB Rating: 7.2/10 from 966 votes
||Release: 30 March 2001 (USA) /
||Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
||Director: Richard Dutcher,
||Stars: Carrie Morgan, Frank Gerrish, Jack North, Janice Power, Jeff Johnson, Jerry North, Jongiorgi Enos, Matthew A. Brown, Richard Dutcher, Richard J. Clifford, Rick Macy, Sterling Brimley, Tayva Patch, Wendy Hoop, Wilford Brimley
||Synopsis: Sheriff Wes Clayton is a compassionate lawman and a Mormon bishop in a quiet Mormon community called Brigham. The tranquil town is shaken to the core when a woman from California is found murdered near her car. Clayton, his young deputy, the town's retired sheriff and his shrewd secretary work with an FBI agent sent to investigate. As a civil and spiritual leader in the frightened town, Clayton must serve both justice and mercy to uncover the town's deepest secrets, find the murderer and keep Brigham from ripping itself apart. Written by Mary Jane Jones
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Before Richard Dutcher released the successful missionary feature,
'God's Army,' there was no "LDS cinema" to speak of. Sure Latter-Day
Saints worked in Hollywood and the film industry, at large, but no LDS
filmmaker had made an LDS film for the LDS market. To that extent, any
LDS filmmaker who profits from the emerging (and some say 'already
dying') LDS film genre, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Dutcher for
taking a huge risk.
Now on to "Brigham City." I read some of the previous comments about
this film and can see that some people really misunderstood what this
film is really about. Sure, on the surface, it's a murder mystery that
takes place in a small Utah town and it seems to showcase the beliefs
of the LDS people or Mormons. The first time I watched it, that's all I
got out of it too.
Upon watching it a second time however, that this is a film about
conflicting ideologies: Acceptance and tolerance of "the outside world"
vs. a rejection of it and a desire to stay innocent. On that second
viewing, I realized how much of this film really shows Latter-Day
Saints or rather some of their attitudes, in an unflattering light.
Dutcher's sheriff is really a close-minded individual who prefers to
live a sheltered existence and believes everyone in the town should as
well. In many ways, he is the embodiment of many of the people I live
around in Utah. Thankfully, many others are open-minded and wonderful
people, but there are certainly pockets of Latter-Day Saints who are
not willing to acknowledge that evil exists everywhere, even in their
own communities. They condemn "the sins of the world" as they see it,
but fail to acknowledge the sin in their own lives and the lives of
their families. Dutcher's character is a righteous, stoic man, but
almost to the point of self-righteousness at times when other members
of the congregation are in error.
Other incidences in the film illustrate a certain hypocrisy which
exists in the tightly-knit pocket communities. One example is Dutcher
seeing a member of the congregation he is bishop over, ordering a drink
at the local bar. I don't want to catalog all the situations, but they
are there if you look and they parallel reality in the way that so many
Latter-Day Saints in Utah rationalize their way out of guilt.
Having been raised most of my life as a member of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints outside of Utah, this hypocrisy is not
nearly as pronounced in its non-Utah members, because the need to be
different from those you live around and associate with is so much more
obvious. These members outside of Utah are continually reminded that
they need to be an example of their religion for those not of their
faith and do their best to keep the commandments in the church.
This film really could be a metaphor for any tight knit religious
community that has a somewhat judgmental attitude toward "the outside
world." It doesn't have to be an LDS community that highlights these
attitudes, it could be a predominantly Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist,
Amish or other communities.
Dutcher proves with this film that he really is a master storyteller. I
find it ironic that many members of the church in Utah were put off by
the PG-13 rating given the fact that its this very attitude the film
highlights. Not to mention, that compared to many other pieces of
cinema rated PG-13, it is very tame.
And it's too bad that those not of the LDS faith saw it as some sort of
missionary tool to convert non-LDS to the faith, which it certainly is
not. It's an interesting examination of the faith and what happens when
they seek to live a sheltered existence.
The only criticism I have is that when the killer is finally revealed,
his/her motivations for killing seem vague and a bit weak. Other than
that though, this is a film that deserves a second and third viewing.
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, Frank Gerrish
, Jack North
, Janice Power
, Jeff Johnson
, Jerry North
, Jongiorgi Enos
, Matthew A. Brown
, Richard Dutcher
, Richard J. Clifford
, Rick Macy
, Sterling Brimley
, Tayva Patch
, Wendy Hoop
, Wilford Brimley
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